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UVI Mourns Passing of Trustee Emeritus, Dr. Bernard H. Paiewonsky

The University of the Virgin Islands mourns the passing of Trustee Emeritus Bernard H. Paiewonsky, Ph.D., who served on UVI’s Board of Trustees for 13 years.  He passed away on Aug. 17, 2016, in Bethesda, Md. Funeral services were held on Friday, Aug. 19, at the Congregation B'Nai Tzedek, Potomac, Md. followed by interment at King David Memorial Park, Falls Church, Va.

Dr. Paiewonsky was born and raised in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands and was the son of the late Ethel Paiewonsky and the late Ralph M. Paiewonsky, former Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands, founder of the University, and for whom UVI’s St. Thomas Campus Library is named.

After receiving a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Dr. Paiewonsky earned a Master of Arts in Mathematics from Indiana University, a Master of Arts in Engineering from Princeton University, as well a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in Aeronautical Engineering from Princeton University. He had a long and distinguished career as an aeronautical engineer, mathematician, scientist, and researcher. After many years at the Institute for Defense Analysis and work at the White House’s Office of Technology, he served as deputy for Advanced Technology for the Secretary of the Air Force.  More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI website – - and from this direct link.