Maurice Glicksman

Dateline: Warwick

Glicksman, Maurice, Ph. D., died on May 26, 2017 at his home in Warwick, Rhode Island. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Yetta Glicksman, his children Howard and spouse, Lois, Roslynn, and Marcie and spouse, Scott, his sister Gail and spouse, Leon, plus six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Dr. Glicksman was born in Toronto, Canada in 1928, studied at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada and received his Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Chicago in 1954. His research career brought him to the RCA Laboratories in Princeton, New Jersey from 1954 to 1969, with a four-year appointment as Director of the RCA Laboratories in Tokyo, Japan from 1963-1967. In 1969 he became University Professor and Professor of Engineering at Brown University, where he served over the course of his career at the university as Dean of the Graduate School, Dean of the Faculty and Academic Affairs, and ultimately as Provost from 1978-1990. He retired to become Professor Emeritus of Engineering and Physics in 1994.

Maurice Glicksman served on the boards of over 20 different organizations with diverse missions including science research, academic, library science, health care, religious observance and community service. In Princeton, New Jersey he served as President and board member at the Princeton Jewish Center, and in Providence, Rhode Island he served on the board of Temple Emanu-El and the board of Hillel and Brown and the Rhode Island School of Design. He served as a member of the board at The Miriam Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island and served as Chairman during his tenure. He was also on the board of the Jewish Home for the Aged, The Jewish Seniors Agency, and was on the board of Lifespan Corporation of Providence, Rhode Island (including Director). On the national level he served on the boards of the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) of Dublin, Ohio, on the Fermilab Board of Overseers (including Chairman), and the National Council of Chief Academic Officers, the National Council on Education, and the Center for Research Libraries (including Chairman).

As a husband, brother, father, and grandfather, Maurice will be remembered as a man of unending curiosity about the world, unparalleled ethical principles and a sharp intellect that kept everyone who was engaged in conversation with him at the ready to expect well developed ideas about current political events, the Yankees’ baseball season, family or friends’ major life events and challenges, or advice about school or work decisions relating his own experience of similar dilemmas.  Family was always a priority, evident through his generous contributions to his children and grandchildren’s education or the instant broad smile on his face when his baby great grandchildren were placed in his arms.

Funeral services will be held on Monday at 10:00 a.m. in Temple Emanu-El, 99 Taft Ave., Providence.

In lieu of flowers, you can make contributions to the Brown University, Miriam Hospital, or the Jewish Seniors Agency of Rhode Island.

Shiva will be observed on Monday at Tamarisk, 3 Shalom Drive, Warwick, from  6 to 8 pm with minyan at 7 pm.



  1. Bill and Kathie Risen
    May 29, 2017

    Dear Yetta,

    Kathie and I always have enjoyed the friendship and company of you and Maurice, and we join your family in mourning his passing. His combination of integrity and brilliance was rare. It was truly valuable to his colleagues at Brown. We will miss him.

    With our best wishes,

    Bill and Kathie Risen

  2. Toby Moses
    May 31, 2017

    Dear Yetta,
    You and Maurice have been our dearest friends for over 65 years.
    We shared many wonderful times with you and your family. Jack
    remembers how you and Maurice looked after him when he was at
    RISD and the wonderful dinners you served. Maurice was a brilliant, kind and considerate person and a dear friend who will
    be greatly missed by all.
    With much love and best wishes to you and your family at this sad time.
    Toby and Irving Moses

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