Remembering Victor Rabinowitch

To the Pugwash Community,

Dr. Victor Rabinowitch, a decades-long friend, colleague and supporter of Pugwash, died on July 1, 2019 after a brief illness.

Vic was a sparkling presence wherever you might meet up with him.  He attended more than 25 Pugwash workshops, symposia and conferences, the first being the 9th Pugwash Conference held in Cambridge, UK in August 1962.  Vic attended that meeting with his father, the physicist Eugene Rabinowitch, who had worked with Jo Rotblat to organize the inaugural Pugwash meeting in Nova Scotia in July 1957 and was Pugwash President in 1969-1970, as well as co-founder of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

Having earned a Ph.D. in the interesting combination of zoology and international relations from the University of Wisconsin, Vic became an ardent supporter of international scientific and security cooperation which he promoted through a long, distinguished career with the National Academy of Sciences, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and numerous board positions with a variety of organizations.

I have two priceless memories of Vic, among many.  In July 1989, at the 39th Pugwash Conference in Cambridge, Mass., which I helped organize, Vic insisted that I take time off so we could spend the evening at Fenway Park to see our beloved Boston Red Sox.  A year later, in September 1990 just prior to the 40th Pugwash Conference in Egham, UK, Vic and I took a train together into London so we could lie on the grass in St. James Park and watch a Supermarine Spitfire, Hawker Hurricane, and Lancaster bomber fly directly overhead toward Buckingham Palace as part of the 50th anniversary flyover in observance of the Battle of Britain.

Vic leaves a wonderful, extended family, including his wife, Marti, herself a Pugwash participant at the 44th Pugwash Conference on the island of Crete in July 1994.

Vic had that special gift of bringing a smile to your face whenever you saw him, and will be very much missed.

Jeffrey Boutwell, Secretary, US Pugwash