Raymond Arthur Arciszewski
Raymond Arthur Arciszewski, 92, of Morristown, NJ and Chautauqua, NY, died peacefully at home on February 19, 2023 surrounded by his family. Born in Newark in 1930, he was the son of Polish immigrant parents, Waclaw and Casimira Arciszewski.
He was raised in Irvington, NJ, was active in the Boy Scouts and served as an altar boy at Sacred Heart Church.
Upon graduation from Newark State Teachers College (now Kean University), he received a commission in the United States Marine Corps and served as an air traffic control officer in Korea during the Korean War. It was in the Marine Corps that he learned the skills of leadership and responsibility that shaped his life.
He received a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Montclair State University and a Doctorate in Education from Rutgers University.
Ray was a teacher at the Hobart Avenue School and principal of Washington School in the Millburn Township School District. He also served as Director of Elementary Education in the South Orange-Maplewood School District. He spent the largest portion of his career – more than 25 years – as principal of Southern Boulevard School in Chatham Township.
Known as “Dr. A.”, he was beloved by generations of students, parents and teachers.
He was an adjunct Professor of Education at both Rutgers and the Graduate School of Education at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
He served as an elder at the Madison Presbyterian Church and on the boards of St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, the Madison Golf Club, the Chatham Public Library and City Church in New York City.
Ray was an avid reader, a fan of the New York Giants and Duke basketball, and enjoyed attending the New York City Ballet. For over fifty years, he spent his summers at the Chautauqua Institution where he would attend lectures and concerts, garden, and play golf. After retirement he spent many happy winters in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was a regular member of the Men’s Discussion Group at the Madison YMCA and a longtime member of the Grace Church Men’s Book Club.
He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather who whistled his way through a life of extreme kindness and love.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Elaine Sinn Arciszewski, his two children, David (Pam) and Sarah Rosen (David) and five grandchildren, Emily Arciszewski, Martha Arciszewski, Benjamin Rosen, Caroline Rosen and Jonathan Rosen. His sisters Laura Wroblesky and Irene Kasper and his brother-in-law Jack F. Sinn predeceased him.
Visiting hours will be from 2pm – 4pm on Tuesday, February 21 at Wm. A. Bradley & Son Funeral Home, 345 Main St., Chatham, NJ. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 18 at 3pm at Christ Church in Short Hills.
Donations in Ray’s memory can be made to support the Lecture Platform at the Chautauqua Institution, P.O. Box 28, One Ames Avenue, Chautauqua, NY 14722; 716-357-6404