Arthur Sarnoff

Time of Service:

10:30am Friday

Place of Service:

Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 7 West 83rd Street, New York, NY

Burial Location:

Mount Pleasant Cemetery, 80 Commerce Street, Hawthorne, NY
Arthur Sarnoff: 84, died peacefully at home on May 20, surrounded by family. Loving husband of Joan, brother of Paula Oreck, father of Susan (Jonathan Bram) and Elizabeth (Andrew Cohen) and adoring grandfather of Nathan, Lily, Henry, Julia and Jenny. Arthur was a proud 1949 graduate of The Fieldston School, was surely its longest serving trustee, and maintained cherished lifelong friendships with many of his classmates. Both of his daughters and all five grandchildren continued his legacy there. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1953, where he was a long serving trustee and permanent class president. As was his way, he made many wonderful friends at Hopkins, through whom he ultimately met his bride, Joannie Goldberg of Charleston, SC, a Goucher graduate. From 1954-57, he served in the United States Army Security Agency in Tokyo and was awarded the Commendation Ribbon for Meritorious Achievement. Arthur was the president of Bruno Appliance Corporation, a distribution business started by his father, Irving, which was for many years the country's largest distributor of RCA and Whirlpool appliances. Arthur was a trustee of Beth Israel Medical Center and Continuum Health Partners for many decades. Arthur loved tradition and often joked that he was never one for change, choosing to spend 80 of his 84 years in the same Central Park West apartment. He was president of the Kenilworth's co-op board for many years. Throughout his illness, the dinners he shared with a group of special neighbors were true highlights. Arthur was the youngest child in a large extended family and his pride in his uncle General David Sarnoff's accomplishments was well known. He was thrilled to preside over the enormous and wonderful Sarnoff family Thanksgiving at his home in Yorktown Heights for many years. Arthur also truly embraced Joan's colorful southern family and was in turn embraced by the Dumas clan. In 1978 the couple purchased a home on South Carolina's Sullivan's Island and spent happy summers on the beach surrounded by multiple generations. The annual Shabbat dinners they hosted there were loud and delicious and are cherished memories of their loving extended family. Family legend maintains that Arthur was the first season ticket holder at the new Madison Square Garden, cheering the Knicks to their two championships with an enthusiasm he would later bring to his grandchildren's endless parade of sports games, concerts and the Fieldston fashion show. Arthur was kind and generous to so many people who passed through his life, maintaining meaningful relationships with classmates, neighbors, distant cousins, old army buddies and many of his children's friends and classmates. He was truly loved and he will be missed. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Arthur Sarnoff Alumni Scholarship Fund at Ethical Culture Fieldston School, attn Whitney Pollack 212-712-6242. Officiating: Rabbi Robert N. Levine, Senior Rabbi, Congregation Rodeph Sholom, New York, NY
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