Funeral Details

Dr. Arthur Veis

December 23, 1925 - April 23, 2023


Date and Time

Tuesday, April 25, 2023 at 1:00 PM


Chicago Jewish Funerals
Skokie Chapel
8851 Skokie Boulevard
Skokie, Illinois 60077
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Rabbi Andrea London
Beth Emet The Free Synagogue


Shalom Memorial Park
1700 Rand Road
Arlington Heights, Illinois 60004
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The Veis-Blumenthal Residence
8950 Lincolnwood Drive
Evanston, Illinois 60203
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Tuesday and Wednesday Evenings:
6:30PM - 9PM
Service at 7:30PM

Memorial Contributions

Greater Chicago Food Depository
4100 West Ann Lurie Place
Chicago Illinois 60632

or to

The Eve and Arthur Veis, PhD Scholarship Fund
at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine

Checks may be mailed to:
Northwestern University
Attn: Gift and Record Services
1201 Davis Street
Evanston, Illinois 60208


Dr. Arthur Veis, age 97

Beloved husband for 61 years of the late Eve M. Veis (nee Zenner). Loving father of Dr. Judith (Prof. Andrew Gavil) Veis, Sharon (Marc Blumenthal) Veis, and Dr. Deborah Veis. Proud grandfather of Justin, Noah, and Zoe Gavil, Brian (Lisa) Blumenband and Rabbi Sara Blumenthal, and Joshua and Benjamin Novack. Professor Emeritus, Northwestern University. Service Tuesday, 1:00 PM at Chicago Jewish Funerals Skokie Chapel, 8851 Skokie Blvd. (at Niles Center Road), Skokie. Interment Shalom Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Greater Chicago Food Depository, 4100 W. Ann Lurie Place, Chicago IL 60632, or to the Eve and Arthur Veis, PhD Scholarship Fund at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Attn: Gift and Record Services, 1201 Davis Street, Evanston, IL 60208, To attend the funeral live stream, please visit our website. Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals - Skokie Chapel, 847.229.8822,


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I am sorry Arthur has died. I enjoyed getting to know him well and sharing meals with him during the six years we have lived at The Mather Evanston.. He was a kind and caring person as well as an intellectual. He had a long and productive life.

Karl Berolzheimer
April 24, 2023
I am so sorry to hear that. This is so sad news! I met Prof. Veis for few times in conferences like ICCBMT and GRC. He is indeed a kind and knowledgeable person. He has made great suggestions to our researches. He will be deeply missed by all the researchers in our field! May he rest in peace!

Jinhui Tao
April 24, 2023
Indeed a very sad news. Not just for Art's family but for so many of us who had come in contact with him. For me, it is a personal loss. Back in 1967 Art hired me to a faculty position at Northwestern University Medical School. Like Art, I was a physical chemist but I had lost my way. He brought me back and we worked together on deciphering the packing of collagen molecules in fibers of exquisite geometry. My tenure at Northwestern Med School Chicago was short. Art helped me get a NIH Career Development award but UCSF lured me away. Art continued to be a friend, a mentor in science and a guide in my career. Indeed, when my first graduate student in Bioengineering Mark Shattuck needed advice Art helped in the first ever study of collagen molecules with an Atomic Force Microscope, at the University of California Berkeley and he generously provided precious samples for our work. Although we worked in different areas, I continued to seek advice from Art as I always considered him as my mentor. With time our personal contacts became less frequent until I received a letter from him that indicated that he was slowing down because of a stroke, a shock to me because I never thought of Art as somebody who would slow down. Sadly, I lost touch with him for a while until Dr. Deborah Veis helped me in getting in touch with Art on the phone. I did not know that this would be my last contact with Art. It is a great personal loss to me in losing a friend and a mentor

April 24, 2023
Our deepest condolence.

Martha Villasenor - Ibsen
April 24, 2023
My deepest condolences and sincere sympathies for Dr. Veis’ passing. May he rest in peace and may his memory be a blessing. He was an amazing mentor, a kind person and immensely intelligent. He left a lasting impression on generations of dentists. He will be dearly missed.

Mohammad Al-Asadi
April 24, 2023
A wonderful teacher from many years ago, medical class of 1976

Thomas Pitts
April 24, 2023
My sincere condolences to the entire family. Dr. Veis was a dear and beloved teacher whose influence was both national and international in scope. May you be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.
Jerome C. Cohen, MD FACP AGAF
Jerusalem, Israel
NU Feinberg Medical School, Class of 1979

Jerome Cohen
April 24, 2023
He was a great teacher in addition to being a wonderful person and a true scientist. He will be missed.
Arkadiush Byskosh, MD
HPME 1992

Arkadiush Byskosh
April 25, 2023
I remember Dr Veis while I was a grad student at Northwestern . He taught wound healing and he was a professor that was caring and who gave great advice to his students

With sympathy

Dr. Richard Maddalozzo

Richard Maddalozzo
April 25, 2023
I will always remember Dr. Veis very fondly He was a very kind and friendly man. I considered him a mentor in my early career as a physician. He interviewed me when I applied to the Honors Program in Medical Education and I feel he was very helpful in my admission to the program even though I requested it be deferred so that I could live in Israel for a year prior to med school. We visited intermittently over the years and he was always very encouraging and positive… a wonderful teacher and family man.

Howard Arof
April 25, 2023
Please accept our deepest sympathies during this difficult time. Dr Veis will always be remembered as a brilliant scientist, an exceptional teacher, and a truly wonderful human being.

Amir Emam
April 25, 2023
I would like to extend my sympathies to his family, but I also want to note how fortunate they all were to be part of his family. I was in the HPME at Northwestern in the seventies. Dr Veis was the director of the program. It was a terrific way to attend college and medical school. While we were in college we had the opportunity to take courses that other premed students avoided due to concerns about what grade they might get. I remember once calling Dr Veis's office because I was going to be kept out of a Shakespeare course that was restricted to Literature majors. His staff got me in. Not only did we get a great education in Medicine, but I think we got a better educational experience in college. I am certainly a more well rounded person because of the HPME. I feel truly blessed to have attended Northwestern in the HPME under his direction.
I know many of my classmates feel the same way.

May he rest in peace after a life well lived.

Willam A Gavin MD HPME 1977

William Gavin
April 25, 2023
I want to express my appreciation to Dr. Veis for his key assistance with my career. In 1972, I met with him in his capacity as Director of the Honors Program in Medical Education (HPME) and the MD-PhD program at Northwestern. He had become Director of HPME after I was admitted in 1970, so we really did not know each other. I wanted to be admitted to the MD-PhD program and Dr. Veis was pleased to hear this. He asked me what I planned as my field of study for my PhD and I replied "computer science" (which was available only at the Evanston Campus, not at the Medical School downtown). He said he was sorry but that was not one of the fields that was available for MD-PhD students. I asked him why that was the case and he indicated that coordinating with the Evanston campus was beyond the scope of the program. But when I proposed that I could take care of all the arrangements in Evanston, he agreed to let me do that and be part of the program. Normally, MD-PhD students would pursue their PhD after their first two years in medical school and then do their clinical years. But Dr. Veis also agreed with me that my basic science knowledge would get "stale" from working in the computer science field for several years, so approved my completion of medical school before pursuing my PhD. For both allowing me to enter the MD-PhD program and to complete my MD before pursuing the PhD, his flexibility was extremely helpful in allowing me to complete this unusual combination of training and established the foundation for a successful career. Although this was many years ago, I remain very grateful for his assistance.

William Yasnoff
April 25, 2023
I remember the first time I met Dr. Veis when he came to visit Deb’s lab in the old Yalem building. His advice to me as a soon to be grad student? Don’t discount the importance of simple details when testing a hypothesis. Much akin to the theory of Occam’s razor. He went on to share a story of how he campaigned to get this brilliant post doc to join his lab for her expertise in a certain methodology (can’t remember the name of it now…). She tried for months to get her assays to work, and they kept failing. The culprit? The water! I’m not sure exactly what advice I was expecting at the time, but this little pearl of wisdom has helped me troubleshoot experiments countless times since then. May the memory of Dr. Veis be a blessing in all the lives he has touched - in big and small ways.

My condolences,
Jenn Davis

Jennifer Davis
April 25, 2023
My deepest condolences to the family of Dr Veis. He was a wonderful teacher and mentor for our medical school program. Dr Veis was a kind ,caring man who was a role model for hundreds of doctors . His life impacted the world in an extraordinary way. May his memory be for a blessing. Steven Hanus MD

Steven Hanus
April 25, 2023
Dr. Veis was a truly special individual in my life and my greatest inspiration as an HPME. He allowed my aspirations in medicine to become a reality. I know that all of my classmates and peers will forever be grateful to Dr. Veis.

Jonathan Mines
April 26, 2023
A very great loss. Arthur was one of the first scientists I met during my first visit to the US in 1976, a meeting I have not forgotten for his profound advice and great scientific insight.
My sincere condolences to his family.

Colin Robinson
April 26, 2023
I send my heartfelt condolences to the Veis family at this time of loss. Dr. Veis was the quintessential mensch, as so well conveyed at his funeral service yesterday. He was my teacher while I was a medical and graduate student at Northwestern University between July 1968 and June 1974. As I recall, he taught portions of the biochemistry course for medical students and physical biochemistry for graduate students. In 1981, when my wife, Dr. Susan Perlman, and I were faculty members at Northwestern, I remember a reunion luncheon held at the Drake Hotel where he and Eve hosted graduates of the Honors Program in Medical Education from the class that had matriculated from high school in 1966. What a successful team effort! Another connection to Arthur and Eve was through my wife's family, who were close friends of Philip and Winifred Plesofsky, their neighbors for several years. May memories of Dr. Veis and his positive influence in this world remain with us always.

James Bourdeau
April 26, 2023
Fond memories of Dr. Veis from my medical school days in the 60s.

Gary H. Rusk, M.D.
FSM 1969

Gary Rusk
April 26, 2023
So sorry for your loss. What a wonderful man and mentor. The HPME program was amazing at his direction. What a great way to get an education! May you find comfort in your memories and may his memory be for a blessing.

Marsie R Hass MD HPME 1982

Marsie Hass
April 26, 2023
So sorry to hear of Arthur's passing. I received my PhD from Northwestern under his tutelage from 1965-1970. He was an excellent teacher and a caring mentor during that time and, after doing a postdoctoral fellowship elsewhere, he was also instrumental in helping me find a faculty position at the University of Pennsylvania. Needless to say, my scientific career owes a lot to his influence. He was a consummate scientist and I am proud to have been one of his trainees as well as a colleague. May he Rest In Peace.

Chris Clark
April 26, 2023
Condolences to the family. Arthur and his late wife Eve were supporters during my time in HPME. May their memories be blessings.

Larry Zeidman
April 26, 2023
I write this note with a heavy heart. Art has played such a significant role in my life and many others. It is because of his guidance, influence and mentorship that I have had a remarkable journey through life. He guided me through my doctorate, helped me with my post doctorate fellowship, and then gaining entrance to medical school.

He has also guided me how to interact with kindest, interest, and caring with family, colleagues, friends, and strangers, which I have strived to do every day.

Art and Eve have helped so many students thought the years including their daughters and grandchildren. I am not sure we will ever know the wonderful role he gave to so many.

Unfortunately, I did not have much contact with Art in recent years but I thought about him a lot. His influence on his students will be passed on for many generations

It has been an honor to have had Art as a teacher, mentor, and FRIEND .

Alan Spector

Alan Spector
April 27, 2023
Judy-my heart goes out to you and your family as you celebrate the incredible life of your dad. Over my six years at NU, seeing and hearing your dad (or mom) at the lectern, in the hallway, or at a reception just made everything so much easier and more of a journey that was achievable and oh-so-worthwhile. What a legacy of caring, scholarship, and faith your dad leaves us all. I was lucky to know him. Look forward to seeing you again at our 45th or 50th ! Sarah HPME 1982

Sarah Heiner
May 1, 2023
My sincere condolences to Art's family. Many of us have fond memories of Art both as a person and an insightful scientist. I well remember my first discussions with him as a postdoc in 1977 on the composition of dentin. We all learnt from his ideas and his mentorship was appreciated by many.

Tony Smith
May 18, 2023