November 8, 1940 – December 22, 2019
Dr. Arnold Eskin passed away quietly on December 22, 2019 in Houston, TX at the age of 79. Arnold is survived by his wife Marta Eskin; his sister, Nora Matos; his children, Aric Eskin, Alison Plapp and her husband Michael Plapp, and Aleah Eskin; stepsons, Christopher Jordan and his wife Callie and Michael Jordan and his wife Brianne; his grandchildren, Kevin Plapp, Michelle Plapp and her wife Heather; his step grandchildren, Easton, Leighton, and Cole and his nephew David Matos. Arnold was born on November 8, 1940 in Pensacola, FL to Leo and Pearl Eskin. He graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1961, where he received a degree in Physics. He later attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he received his Ph.D in Zoology in May of 1969. He did post-doctoral Studies at California Institute of Technology and Reed College. He married Marta Nuñez-Regueiro in 2004.
Arnold began his long career teaching and continuing to do research at Rice University, then Stanford University and finally at the University of Houston (UH). At UH, he became Director of the Institute for Molecular Biology and Chair of the Biology and Biochemistry Department. Arnold was the author or co-author of more than 150 publications, abstracts and presentations. He received numerous awards including the Esther Farfel Award, the University of Houston’s highest faculty award; the UH Research Excellence Award; and the NIH MERIT Award. He was the only UH faculty member to receive both the Farfel Award and John and Rebecca Moores Professorship in the same year. Arnold was an accomplished researcher yet had the unique gift to show compassion and connect to those around him. He was an individual who challenged people to expand their minds and look beyond the obvious. He was witty and could fill a room with laughter. His students were a part of his life on and off campus, and his hospitality was immense. His daughter Aleah described him as a wonderful father who supported her unconditionally and taught her how to love and be loved. A funeral is scheduled for Friday, December 27, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Emanu El Memorial Park with a reception to follow at his home. Rabbi Dan Gordon will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Arnold’s life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Condolences can be sent to Levy Funeral Home on line website. The family would like to thank Emery with Gen-X Caregivers for her loving care and dedication to Arnold in the last few years of his life.
- Graveside Service Friday, December 27, 2019
January 2, 2020
I was privileged to know and work with Dr. Eskin as one of Dr. Byrne's graduate students at UT Houston. His scientific generosity and thoughtful way of doing research continue to inspire me to this day.
May he rest in peace. His scientific legacy lives on.
My deepest condolences to his family.
December 29, 2019
There were too many good times to think of just one. But we spent a lot of time together in the kitchen for a few years. Arnold, among his many other accomplishments, was a great cook.
He also recruited me to Houston and for that I am grateful.
My condolences to Marta, Aleah, and Nora ( and to his other children, who I didn't get a chance to meet).
December 26, 2019
Arnold lives on forever in the scientific literature!