Dr. Boris Kushner
May 7, 2019

Visitation Information

May 10 2019 - 12:00 pm
Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Avenue, (Shadyside) Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Funeral Information

May 10 2019 - 1:00 pm
Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Avenue, (Shadyside) Pittsburgh 15232

KUSHNER, DR. BORIS: Dr. Boris Kushner passed away on May 7, 2019. Boris was a mathematician, a teacher, a poet, a memoirist and literary critic, and an inspiring human being. Born in the Soviet Union during the Second World War, Boris lost his father at the age of one. Raised by his mother and two older siblings, he grew up to be a gifted young man and studied under mathematics' greats such as A.A. Markov and A.N. Kolmogorov. He received his Ph.D. in mathematics from Moscow State University in 1966 and worked at the Computing Center of the Russian Academy of Science for 23 years. His book "Lectures on Constructive Mathematical Analysis" was published in Russia and the US by the American Mathematical Society. Boris emigrated to the US with his family in 1989. He taught mathematics at the University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown for 27 years before retiring as a Professor Emeritus in 2017. Outside his mathematics career, Boris was a prolific Russian poetry writer, publishing several books of poems and receiving international acclaim. A lover of classical music, he enjoyed collecting rare recordings and was fascinated by music history, always eager to share various anecdotes from biographies of great composers and performers. Boris is survived by his wife Dr. Marina Kameneva, son Alexander, daughter Yulia, granddaughter Susanna, and grandson in law Patrick. Services at Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Avenue, Shadyside on Friday, May 10 at 1 PM. Visitation one hour prior to services, ( 12 Noon - 1 PM). Interment Homewood Cemetery.  Anyone who knew and loved Boris as we did is welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, one of his favorite places where he spent great many days feeding his insatiable mind. www.schugar.com


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Boris was very well liked by both colleagues and students at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. He will be missed by everyone who knew him. Boris was a very kind and friendly person.

By Stephen Curran - May 10, 2019