In Memory

H Richard Gurinsky

H Richard Gurinsky

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05/22/17 09:12 PM #1    

Thompson Webb

Richard died June 24, 1999.

For information about his life and a book that he wrote, see,
which dates from 2012. It gives an informative account of his life and ultimate conversion to the Bahai faith. He had quite a life and faced many challenges.

He entered Swarthmore in September 1962, and Akira Jindo '66 remembers the following about him:

"I was saddened to learn the untimely passing of Richard Gurinsky. Richard and I were in the wrestling team of Swarthmore. During the summer vacation I visited his home in Center Moriches, Long Island, and his father's research laboratory at Brookhaven National Laboratory. It was Richard who taught me bowling, driving, water skiing, fishing and Jewish humor. After Swarthmore I met him only once in Chicago, while he was at Northwestern University. How I wished I had known that he became a Baha'i teacher, because I often visited the holy sites of Baha'i in Haifa and Akko of Israel. May his soul rest in peace and his memory be a blessing."

Martin Ewing remembers:

"In thinking back on my early physics career at Swarthmore, I remembered Rich Gurinsky.  I wasn't a close friend, but he made quite a personal impression on me.  He was intense and bright in a certain way, but he seemed to struggle with academics and the workload.  (I did not know about his medical issues.) He left Swarthmore early, perhaps just after freshman year.

"As we are wont these days, I did a web search for Rich.  Amazingly, a renaissance life emerged through the Baha'i oriented website above.  He went in totally surprising directions and made his mark.  A Swarthmore story, after all.

"There are some extra personal connections for me.  Rich landed in New Mexico, the state where I came from back in the stone age of 1962 to Swarthmore.  He followed a special spiritual path that finally led to the Baha'i  -- a group with which my NM family had an extended relationship.  It's a strange world.

"The book "Learn well this tablet" is available through"


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