Don Scarl

SCARL, Donald of Glen Cove, NY, on March 13, 2023 at Age 87.  Born on September 17, 1935 in Easton, PA, he attended Lehigh University and got his Ph.D. in physics from Princeton University.  He taught and did research in optics and high-energy physics for 30 years at Cornell University and Polytechnic University. He authored multiple editions of the book “How to Solve Problems” to help college freshmen succeed in physics.  Active on university committees and in community and neighborhood organizations, he co-founded the Coalition for Glen Cove, with the goal of promoting qualified candidates for the School Board.  He loved sailing, classical music, and chocolate-covered orange peels. The breadth of his interests and involvement is reflected by the three filing cabinets and eight bookcases in his office.   He was a thoughtful and supportive husband, father, uncle, friend, and community member. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Barbara Cohen, his daughter Judith Scarl (David Williams), nieces Hilari Scarl, Tasmyn Scarl, Ariadne Swichtenberg (Jason), Rachel Wuthrich (Chuck), grandnieces and grandnephews.  He was a good man.  Shiva will take place on Friday, March 17, 2023 and Saturday, March 18, 2023 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm at private residence. Funeral service will be held on Sunday, March 19, 2023 at 10:00 am at Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home in Glen Cove, followed by a burial at Locust Valley Cemetery.