Tuesday, March 08, 2011

BDE: Professor Arthur Budick

Message from Lander College for Men Dean R' Dr. Moshe Sokol:
I am deeply saddened to inform you that Arthur Budick passed away yesterday evening after a battle with cancer.

Arthur was a founding member of the LCM faculty, and taught literature at Touro since at least the mid-seventies, if not earlier. He was a friend to many of us, and a gifted and passionate professor who inspired and instructed generations of students. Virtually every LCM student took him for at least one course during their educational career. Arthur’s humanity, wisdom, depth and principle are simply irreplaceable.

The family has requested that funeral services and shiva be private. Touro plans to organize a shloshim memorial service at which the family will be present. I will share with you more information about this as it becomes available.

Baruch dayan ha-emet.

Moshe Sokol
Professor Arthur Budick was one of the most energetic and inspiring professors in Lander when I was there - I recall him being a rare professor who was not afraid to get completely "into" whatever he was teaching, acting out characters from the readings we were in middle of or in general adding some life into his classes. He was a tough grader, dedicated to forcing people to strive for perfection and not just adequacy. He was a good man and will be missed.

Baruch Dayan Emes.


  1. how very sad. i took midevil (i know i spelled that wrong) litt. with professor budick when i was at touro college. he was a very well-liked teacher. he will be missed.

  2. Baruch Dayan Haemet.
    Very sad news. May HaShem comfort his family during this difficult time.

  3. I finally found this page / tribute after all these years. Budick (as we called him) was one of the most influential people in my life. Besides all of the learning I do, I read A LOT...and Budick was a huge influence in that. He let us be real (for me that meant getting high in the back row while he lectured amazingly on Shakespeare) and had such warm passion and energetic insight. I still recall jokes and comments he made about T S Elliot.