EAST GREENWICH, R.I. – Aaron Wold died in his home on Oct. 3. He was born and educated in Brooklyn, New York, earning a Ph.D. from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in 1952. In 1963 he joined the faculty of Brown University and was the Vernon Krieble Chaired Professor of Chemistry until his retirement in 1992. He has written two books and published more than 300 papers in the field of solid state chemistry.
Aaron was an avid orchid collector for more than 60 years and raised more than 550 rare orchids in his greenhouse. He was a long-time member of the Rhode Island Orchid Society and was always happy to share his knowledge of orchids with others.
When he retired from teaching, he turned to his love of music and volunteered for Jewish Eldercare of Rhode Island. For many years he created music programs each week and traveled to nursing and retirement homes throughout the state, playing music for the residents.
He leaves his wife of 60 years, Dr. Patricia Wold, his three children, Dr. Marshall Wold, Leo Wold, Esq., and Miriam Wold; as well as four grandchildren, Ethan Wold, Maya Wold, David Finstein, and Aaron Wold.
Contributions may be made to Jewish Collaborative Services, 1165 North Main St. Providence, RI 02904 or to the Louis & Goldie Chester Kosher Food Pantry at the same address.