Alan R. Pearlman

Alan R. Pearlman, Age 93, of Newton formerly of New York and Connecticut passed away after a long illness on Saturday, January 5, 2019. Alan was born in New York City on June 7, 1925. He was an electronic engineer, best known as the founder of ARP Instruments, Inc., one of the early leading American synthesizer manufacturers. Many legendary artists used ARP instruments in their music, including Pete Townshend, David Bowie, Brian Eno, Herbie Hancock, Joe Zawinul and Stevie Wonder.

Alan was also a passionate pianist, and experimented in various visual arts. He was an humanitarian, very concerned with solving the problems of global warming. He is remembered by many musicians as a mentor, and by family and friends as a compassionate and supportive man who was kind, gentle, as well as brilliant and generous.

Alan is survived by his beloved wife Buena Alcalay Pearlman, and loving daughter Dina Ruth Pearlman of Kingston, New York and his nephews David, Michael and Jonathan Pearlman and Leor and Ammiel Alcalay and their children.

Services at Temple Shalom of Newton, 175 Temple St., Newton on Wednesday January 9 at 12:30pm. Burial at Hand-in-Hand Cemetery, 2659 Centre St., West Roxbury. Following burial, shiva will be held until 7:00pm and on Thursday from 1-4:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to The Climate Reality Project,


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Alan R. Pearlman

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Robert W Stephen

January 8, 2019

So sorry for your loss. Hugs & Prayers for your friends and family members. May God take him into his care and help him on his journey to his next life . He gave and gave his life to music.
Thank you
May he R.I.P.