Arthur Selig Hack
Arthur Selig Hack
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Arthur Selig Hack, 86, of New Paltz, NY, passed away Thursday, May 14, 2020. He was born March 6, 1934 in Brooklyn, NY, son of the late Harry and Gertrude Hack.

Arthur was an English Professor at SUNY New Paltz for almost 40 years and loved teaching at all levels. He was passionate about literature, philosophy, the metaphysical foundations of Einstein's theories, and loved to engage in vigorous discussions thereof. Arthur enjoyed making people laugh and had the ability to inject levity into almost any situation. Anybody who met him will undoubtedly remember his unique sense of humor.

Arthur is survived by his brother, Martin Hack of Queens, NY, children, Julie Hack Buckler of Woodstock, NY, Paul Hack of Portland, OR and grandchildren Emma, Sarah, and Samuel Buckler of Woodstock, NY.

Arrangements entrusted to Keyser Funeral & Cremation Service, Kingston, NY. A tribute for Arthur can be found at, where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family.


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J Joan E. Perisse on May 27, 2020

I am sadden to hear of Prof. Hack' passing. He was indeed an icon at SUNY New Paltz and a one of a kind professor. I had Arthur as a professor when studying for my Masters and never had a boring class. His humor was clever and reflective of a unique mind who reminded me of classic comics like Groucho Marx and Alan Alda who played Hawkeye in Mash. He loved his subject of literature and was knowledgable and brillant in his analysis. When writing this piece, I am smiling to myself as I remember Prof. Hack teaching our class from the hallway as he smoked his cigarettes there rather than in the classroom when the campus first initiated the no smoking in the buildings policy. He would pop his head in the open door every now and then from the hallway to punctuate what he was saying from a distance. Unforgetable, thats you! Condolences to his family.



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