Arnold Allan Piskin, 87, passed away Friday, February 11, 2011. The son of Samuel and Rebecca (Silverman) Piskin, he was born on January 18, 1924 on the Lower East Side of New York City (Grand Street). He graduated from NYU in 1948 earning a BS in Education, and then completed his MSW at Columbia University in 1953.
In 1942 at the age of 18, Arnold enlisted in the Army Air Corps becoming a commissioned pilot of the B-24 J Liberator named Howling Banshee (even before obtaining his driver's license), leading his crew on 37 successful combat missions. He served in the 2nd Air Division, 458th Bomb Group until his honorable discharge in 1945 as a First Lieutenant, receiving the Air Medal with 3 Oakleaf Clusters and the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement as a pilot.
Arnold married his college sweetheart Hannah Korenthal in 1950 and embarked on his career as a Jewish Communal Executive, serving numerous Jewish Communities on the east coast. He retired in 1990, spending his free time with his beloved wife, 4 children and 7 grandchildren. Arnold enjoyed golf, tennis, watching sports, spending time with those he loved. He derived much pleasure from reminiscing about the Lower East Side and re-connecting with fellow veterans and visiting B-24 bombers.
On the morning of February 11, 2011, Arnold embarked on his 38th and final mission, soaring high above the clouds and remaining even higher in the hearts and minds of those who knew and loved him. Arnold is survived by his wife of more than 60 years, Hannah Piskin, his daughter Brenda Piskin (husband Andrew DiFiore), and sons Jay Piskin, (wife Lauren and daughters Rachel and Tori), Craig Piskin (wife Heidi and sons Adam and Cory) and Scott Piskin (wife Michele and children Jason, Todd and Julie), sister Charlotte Brier (and brother-in-law/kindergarten pal Julius), and a large loving family of nephews, nieces, grandnieces, grandnephews, cousins and friends. Arnold is pre-deceased by brothers Leo Piskin and Jerome Peskin.
Information about Arnold's distinguished military service can be found on this website. Services will be held at Temple Beth Am on Monday, February 14, 2011 in Bayonne, NJ at noon. Donations in Arnold's honor should be directed to Temple Beth Am (www.bethambayonne.org) or Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum in Savannah, Georgia (www.mightyeighth.org).
-- Brenda Piskin