Charles Elbaum

May 15, 1926March 4, 2018

ELBAUM, CHARLES, 91, passed away Sunday, March 4, 2018, peacefully with his wife Eleanor (Dinaburg) Elbaum by his side. Charles and Ellie were married for 61 years. Born in Lublin, Poland, he was the son of the late Chil and Hannah (Kaffe) Elbaum.

After WWII, he studied in Belgium, Paris, and Toronto. In 1959, he joined the faculty of Brown University, where he was a Professor of Physics for more than 50 years.

Charles was an avid skier, sailor, and wind surfer. Charles and Ellie enjoyed traveling internationally and their homes in Providence and Jamestown.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his sons Michael Elbaum and his wife Rivka, Daniel Elbaum and his wife Deborah, and David Elbaum and his wife Kimberly Cooper; and grandchildren Hannah, Nathan, Ori, Shira, Carly, Noah, Eliza, and Ilan.

Funeral services will be held TODAY, Tuesday March 6th at 1:00 PM at Temple Emanu-El, 99 Taft Ave, Providence with burial in Lincoln Park Cemetery, Warwick. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Brown University Department of Physics Special Fund, Box 1843, 182 Hope St, Providence, RI 02912 or Shiva will be held at Laurelmead; following services, Tuesday 7-9 PM, and Wednesday 2-4 PM.


  • Funeral Service Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Charles Elbaum

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jean gontarski

March 6, 2018

Dear Elbaum Family: We are so sorry for your loss, our deepest heartfelt sympathy goes out to the Family at this difficult time. Love, Laurelmead Housekeeping Department

Andria Smith

March 6, 2018

My sincere condolences to Prof. Elbaum's family and loved ones. I will remember him for the kind and caring man is always was. He always had a smile on his face and a kind word. Bless you Prof. Elbaum, you will be greatly missed.

Joan Trombetti

March 6, 2018

Dear Ellie,

So sorry to hear about Charles. What great memories you will have. My thoughts are with you. Joan Trombetti (Hasbro Childrens)