Math Instructor Art Bukowski, 71, Passes Away

SOCORRO, N.M. February 23, 2016 – Beloved math instructor Dr. Arthur E. Bukowski passed away Thursday, February 18, 2016, at the age of 71 after an extended illness.

Art Bukowski was born in Brownsville, Penn., one of five children to Joe and Ellen Bukowski and the only one to go to college. Art and his wife Marcia have six children (Kelly, Donde, Steve, Devon, Lacey, and Lea), and 16 grandchildren of which one is considering Tech for the fall 2016 semester. 

Services have not yet been scheduled. 


Dr. Art Bukowski

Art started teaching math at Tech in 2000 after retiring from the University of Alaska at Anchorage. During his time at Tech, he made a lasting impression on his colleagues and a generation of students.

He loved to teach and truly enjoyed spending time with students. He always had time to answer student questions and a line of students out the door during office hours. His colleagues said they will miss seeing him with his entourage of students on his way back to his office after class. He would be answering questions, telling jokes, smiling and laughing.  It was clear he was never going to stop teaching as it was what he loved.  Art’s students are all over the world in many occupations and leadership roles.  Art was more than just a math professor to his students; he was a lifelong friend, a wonderful father and grandfather, and a loving and dedicated husband; he was a great man that we were all fortunate to have known.

What his students, friends, and colleagues, will miss most, however, is Art’s warmness, kindness, and authenticity. He had an easy-going, approachable way about him, a wonderful smile and laugh, and a clear appreciation of us all being in this together. Art, and his mustache, were well-known and well-loved around campus. His colleagues both near and far miss him terribly. For the department, the university, and the discipline his loss is immeasurable.

Art finished his bachelor’s and master’s in mathematics at Ohio University and was teaching mathematics and physics as an undergraduate and graduate student.  Dr. Art Bukowski received his Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in 1972.  In 1972 he was offered a tenure track position at Ohio State University, and instead of taking this position, Art opted for a position overseas where he taught in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (UPM).

In 1974 he was offered a full time position at Sandia National Laboratories in a special applied mathematics group headed by Dr. Gustavus Simmons. Upon taking the position, all federal funds for new positions had been frozen due to the oil embargo and Art returned to UPM in Dhahran.

In 1976 Art took a position at the University of Alaska in Anchorage.  He taught for 22 year at the University of Alaska and was the department chairman for 14 of those years.  He is a professor emeritus from UAA, where he retired in 1998.  During his time in Alaska he took a sabbatical to Cairo, Egypt (1985 to 1986) where he taught at the Egyptian Air Force Academy. 

Art took a lecturer’s position at New Mexico Tech in 2000, having retired as professor emeritus from the University Alaska in Anchorage. While at Tech, he mostly taught Calculus I to III, but occasionally Linear Algebra and Vector Analysis and when the students would request it he would teach Abstract Algebra.  He was scheduled to teach four classes this spring before his illness put him in the hospital, even then he planned to return. During 2003-2005 he taught while on leave from NMT at Gulf University of Science and Technology (GUST) in Kuwait.

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