MARK Flipkowski (1956-2020)


It is sad to note that our colleague and friend, Mark Flipkowski passed away recently. The students showcased here, dedicate this website to his memory. 

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To the William Paterson Community:


I am deeply saddened to inform you of the recent death of Mark Filipkowski, a graduate student in our Master of Fine Arts program from Hackensack, New Jersey. This is the second time in as many weeks that William Paterson has lost one of our own, making these difficult times even more painful for our University community.


Mark came to the MFA program to pursue his artistic interests after a long and distinguished career as a physicist. Born in New York City and raised in New Jersey, he received his B.A. and M.S. in physics from the University of Pennsylvania. After earning his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Connecticut and completing a post-doctoral fellowship at the Naval Research Laboratory, Mark joined the physics faculty at the University of Arkansas.


He later went on to work for Booz Allen Hamilton and worked on developing new science for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. In 2017, Mark enrolled in the MFA program to pursue his passion in studio fine arts as a way of understanding the world. He once said, “Visual expression has been and continues to be a way for me to organize my thoughts and feelings. Some of my earliest memories involve drawing as a means to investigate the world. Painting is a mature extension of my youthful efforts at understanding.”


We will honor Mark’s memory by adding a leaf with his name to our Student Memorial Tree, later this year.


A loss like this can impact individuals in different ways, and some may be in need of additional support. I want to remind you of some of the services available to the William Paterson community, should you wish to utilize them or refer others. Students may contact the Counseling, Health and Wellness Center at 973-720-2257 to be connected with a counselor. Our Employee Assistance Program is available to faculty and staff. Those who wish to learn more about this program may visit the EAP website or call 1-800-242-7371.


As always, I am thinking of everyone at William Paterson, and I know that we will continue to support each other in the best tradition of our community.





Richard J. Helldobler, Ph.D.

President of William Paterson University


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