Dr. Lesser Blum



Day and Time of Service: Monday, April 25, 2016 at 1:30 p.m.

Location of Service:  Graveside

Interment: Washington Cemetery, 104 Deans Rhode Hall Road, Monmouth Junction, N.J. 08852

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Dr. Lesser Blum, passed away with his family at his bedside on Sunday, April 24, 2016.  He was 82.  Born in Berlin he fled to Argentina, in 1942, where he received an M.Sc. in chemistry in 1954 and a Ph.D. in chemistry in 1956, at the age of 21, from the University of Buenos Aires.    But in 1955, the University of Buenos Aires was all but closed for research, so Dr. Blum spent a few years in the chemical industry. After the fall of Argentina's president, Juan Péron, in 1955, the university started to support full research again. With this came enthusiasm and renewed vigor, and Dr. Blum took part in the rebuilding of the sciences, benefitting from exchanges with science centers around the world.

He began teaching at the University of Buenos Aires in 1960. At this point, Blum began to work on theoretical chemistry and obtained a scholarship to work in Brussels, where he was introduced to statistical mechanics. Another Argentinian revolution displaced him to Houston, Texas in 1967 where he then worked at Rice University on fluid systems and kinetic equations.

In 1968, Dr. Blum moved to the University of Puerto Rico, and there began to work on electrochemistry. Dr. Blum has authored more than 250 publications, and has received numerous honors and awards including being selected as a John S. Guggenheim fellow (1978), a fellow of the American Physical Society (1981), and as a Georgetown University adjunct research professor of chemistry (1997).  In 2003 he received the Joel Henry Hildebrand Award in the Theoretical & Experimental Chemistry of Liquids.  He has consulted at the Sorbonne in France, lectured all over the world and has served as a visiting professor at both Rutgers and Princeton Universities until he retired in 2006.  He has also been named an Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of Puerto Rico.  He is a member of the American Chemical Society and Congregation Ohr Shalom, The Summit Jewish Community Center, Summit, N.J.

He is survived by his wife Elisa Blum (nee Sasson), and three sons Jorge (Veronica) Blum of Summit, N.J., Steven (Claudia) Blum of Scarsdale, N.Y., and Isaac “Lenny” (Elizabeth) Blum of Armonk, N.Y., as well as 7 grandchildren, Nicole, Ethan, Sarah, Nathaniel, Matteo, Adam and Luca.