Dr. Arthur Stern, PhD

Arthur Stern, beloved educator and neighbor of W. Ina Road in the Tucson Mountains, passed away at his home on February 11th, 2013, at age 95 surrounded by close family and friends. He passed with fond memories of family, friends, students and his beloved great Danes, dogs of various pedigree and wonderful horses. He never ceased in his support of human rights and education which he championed with passion, talent and exuberant generosity. A decorated veteran of WWII serving in the Battle of the Bulge, he was awarded the Purple Heart. Born in New York City on February 1, 1918, and raised in North New Jersey, Arthur was an exemplary student with keen intellect and a creative mind that carried him past the social barriers of his era to study at Columbia University completing both bachelor's and master's degrees. Ever hungry in the pursuit of knowledge, he continued his studies abroad at the London School of Economics. In later years, he attended the University of Arizona to complete his doctorate in Political Science in 1967 and went on to teach Constitutional Law at both Idaho State and at the U of A. Though his passions lay with higher education, opera and classical music, in the years between his war service and move to Tucson, he was called to give himself to his father's embroidery business in New Jersey so that his parents might enjoy their golden years in travel to Israel and other freedoms. Arthur loved Tucson and the West, and spent winters at the various guest ranches here in the 1950s, finally settling in Tucson in 1960 and maintaining a summer home in the White Mountains community of Coyote Creek, NM. In both places, he made countless deep and enduring friendships. An unapologetic Liberal, he found his greatest sense of accomplishment in the art of instilling the highest standards of critical thinking in his friends and students so that they might serve the greater needs of society. He is preceded in death by his parents, aunts and uncles and by his twin brother Dr. Milton Stern, a pioneer in Continuing Education, with whom he shared a passion for education and enlightenment. He was a fine man and shall be remembered with great fondness always. Arrangements by DESERT ROSE CREMATION & BURIAL.