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Dr. Arthur S. Obermayer

Dr. Arthur S. Obermayer, of Dedham, formerly of West Newton, on January 10, 2016.

For 52 years, he was the beloved husband of Dr. Judith (Hirschfield) Obermayer. Loving father of Hank Obermayer of Oakland, CA, Joel & Lani Obermayer of Arlington and Marjorie & Jeff Raven of Durham, NH. Adored grandfather of Noah, Zachary, Amanda, Marisa, and Lola. Dear brother of Herman “Obe” Obermayer of Arlington, VA.

Funeral services are private.

Memorial observance at his late Dedham residence on Thursday, January 14 from 2-4 & 7-9pm, Friday January 15 from 2-4pm and Sunday, January 17 from 2-5pm.

A memorial celebration of Dr. Obermayer’s life will be held at Temple Shalom of Newton, 175 Temple Street, Newton on Sunday, February 28 at 2:00pm with a reception at Temple Shalom immediately following the celebration.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to WBUR Public Radio and the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center.


  • A celebration of Dr. Obermayer's life Sunday, February 28, 2016


Dr. Arthur S. Obermayer

have a memory or condolence to add?

Roberta Handel

February 25, 2016

Roberta and Richard Handel

February 24, 2016

Dear Judy,

Richard and I extend our deepest condolences to you and to your family. As you recall, Arthur was my very good friend and mentor during the time that I was at the Harvard Business School. I will never forget his kindness, generosity and his wisdom.

Within the past decade we had the pleasure of being with you and with Arthur during your Florida visit and again at your lovely summer home on Cape Cod. We aways looked forward to receiving your annual letter that kept us up to date on your activities and those of your children and grandchildren. Please know that you are in our thoughts.

With affection and with heartfelt sympathy,


Karen Komar

January 23, 2016

Dear Judy and Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. Arthur was a unique individual whose vision and gifts impacted the lives of so many.

We first became acquainted on a Berlin trip in 1999, organized by the German Consulate and the German/Jewish Dialogue groups in Boston. Arthur spoke with me then about his ideas for a Jewish Museum in his ancestral town of Creglingen. From those beginnings the wonderful work of the Obermayer Foundation awards for German researchers of Jewish History, followed. I feel proud and privileged to have known Arthur and to have been able to participate in this aspect of Arthur's creative and generous life. I will miss his kind and thoughtful presence. My thoughts are with you all at this sad time.

January 15, 2016

Dear Judy,

irle and i have such fond memories of the lively and action packed early days of the New Israel Fund with you and Arthur. I particularly enjoyed our unexpected connection to our common roots in Philadelphia. I have been very moved to read about all of the other amazing accomplishments that both you and he could be proud of. You two are relentless in your pursuit of just causes. i am inspired and grateful to have known Arthur.
Janet Yassen

January 13, 2016

Dear Obermayer Family:
I just heard of Arthur's passing. What a wonderful person he was; an example to all of us of integrity, kindness, and purpose. He will be missed.
Cousin Carol Auerbach

January 13, 2016

I'm so very sorry for your great loss. May your faith and treasured memories bring you comfort.

Michael Strem

January 13, 2016

I first met Arthur during the beginning years of his company, Moleculon. Our association allowed me to learn from his entrepreneurial skills as well as be exposed to his intelligence and winning personality. In the post-Moleculon years much of our interaction came from the American Chemical Society where his impact was very significant. His many other activities and awards showed the influence Arthur had on his various areas of interest. My sincere condolences go out to Judy and the Obermayer family for the loss of Arthur who achieved much and was greatly respected and admired.

Anna Sromek

January 12, 2016

I am sorry for your loss. Please know that your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.