Dr. Arnold Reisman '58

Dr. Arnold Reisman '58

Dr. Arnold Reisman passed away on November 1, 2011 at the age of 84. He is survived by his loving, beloved wife of 62 years and best friend, Hilda, his children and their spouses, Richard (Susan), Robert (Lisette), David (Emma), and Daniel (Gabriella), and his 11 beautiful grandchildren, Elizabeth, Lillian, Jacob, Eli, Rachel, Simone, Joseph, Isaac, Jackson, Raquel, and Ethan.

Dr. Reisman received his BS in chemistry from CCNY (1949), his MA in chemistry from Brooklyn College (1953), and his PhD in physical inorganic chemistry from The Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute (1958). From 1958 until 1982, he served as project manager and then senior manager at IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY, the leader in the evolving field of microelectronic technologies. Upon taking early retirement from IBM, Dr. Reisman, in 1982, became a full professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina State University, and served as a vice president of the Microelectronics Center of North Carolina.

In his scientific work, Dr. Reisman, an internationally renowned physical chemist, pioneered studies of materials, processes and thin film technologies used in microelectronic devices. He authored over 170 technical papers, books, and book chapters, holding over 50 patents, for which he received numerous awards. He oversaw inventions in technologies now used in everyday electronics, such as plasma screen TVs, flash drives, and ink jet printers.

Dr. Reisman found his greatest joy, though, in his personal life, as a singularly devoted and loved family man, opera buff, painter, amateur tennis player, mandolinist, photographer, and repairman of all things great and small. He will be dearly missed.