Charles Elbaum, 91


PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Charles Elbaum passed away peacefully March 4 with his wife Eleanor (Dinaburg) Elbaum by his side. Charles and Ellie were married for 61 years. Born in Lublin, Poland, he was the son of the late Chil and Hannah (Kaffe) Elbaum.


After WWII, he studied in Belgium, Paris and Toronto. In 1959, he joined the faculty of Brown University, where he was a professor of physics for more than 50 years.

Charles was an avid skier, sailor and wind surfer. Charles and Ellie enjoyed traveling internationally and to their homes in Providence and Jamestown.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his sons Michael Elbaum and his wife, Rivka, Daniel Elbaum and his wife, Deborah, and David Elbaum and his wife Kimberly Cooper; and grandchildren Hannah, Nathan, Ori, Shira, Carly, Noah, Eliza and Ilan.

Contributions in his memory may be made to Brown University Department of Physics Special Fund, Box 1843, 182 Hope St., Providence, RI 02912 or