March 5, 1936 – April 3, 2019
Mark Kuchment, 83, of Cambridge, entered into rest on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. Born in Odessa, Ukraine, he was a son of the late Moisey Kuchment and Dora Lutset.
Dr. Kuchment was a small child when Nazi Germany invaded Ukraine, and he and his mother were forced to evacuate to Uzbekistan. As they were fleeing, their truck convoy came under heavy bombardment, but they escaped.
Dr. Kuchment earned his undergraduate degree in physics and math from the Odessa L.L. Mechnikov National University and his PhD in Newtonian cosmology from the Institute for the History of Science and Technology of the Soviet Academy of Sciences. He worked as an assistant professor of physics at the Moscow State University of Technology “Stankin”. He published essays and book reviews in large Soviet magazines and newspapers such as Novyi Mir (New World) and Literaturnaya Gazeta (Literary Newspaper).
In 1973 he, his wife and daughter applied for immigration and arrived in Boston in the spring of 1975. From 1975 to 1976, he was affiliated with Columbia University’s Harriman Institute. Beginning in 1976, he was a fellow at what was then the Harvard Russian Research Center where, in the 1980s, he received a grant from the National Council for Soviet and East European Research. The project was called “Soviet Science and Technology: Eyewitness Accounts.” During multiple interviews with Soviet scientists who had emigrated to the United States, he made a big discovery about American spies, Joel Barr and Alfred Sarant. They were known associates of Julius Rosenberg but had disappeared in 1950. Kuchment discovered that they had run away through Mexico to the Soviet Union and were living there under assumed names and working for the Soviet military. The story was widely covered, including in The New York Times, and he published articles about them in “Physics Today” and “Problems of Eastern Europe”. He led seminars at Harvard University and taught political science at Boston University, Emanuel College, Brandeis University, Boston College, and at the Military Academy in Huntsville, Alabama.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Valeria; his daughter, Anna and her husband Mark Lamster of Dallas, TX; and his granddaughter, Eliza Lamster. Funeral Services will be private.
Arrangements under the direction of Stanetsky Memorial Chapel, www.stanetskybrookline.com.
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April 5, 2019
Very sincere condolences from Jacqueline and Maurice.
Let's stay in our thoughts close to you and your family. Our special thought for Anna who will always be welcome in Brittany. Our deepest regards.
Maurice et Jacqueline
26 rue des gantelles 35700 Rennes France
April 5, 2019
Dear Lera and Anechka,
I will always remember Mark, his kindness and thoughtfulness.
You are in my thoughts and prayers today.
April 4, 2019
In this difficult time, I am thinking about you ,Lerochka!
You are a living example of strength,devotion ,love and real commitment.
I will always remember Mark , his intellect, his understanding of Music and Literature and how proud he was to be your husband
My heart is with you and and
April 4, 2019
Mark was the sweetest soul. I will always remember his laugh and smile. Much love to Valeria and Anna.