Arnold Gurin was born on Dec. 5, 1917 in New York. He graduate from City College in 1937 and went on to get his MA from Columbia and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. In 1962, he became an associate professor at Brandeis University. He taught social welfare administration at Brandeis University’s Heller School from 1962-1982, where he served as the Maurice B. Hexter Chair in American Philanthropy starting 1971. He was Dean of the Heller School from 1971-1977. After retiring in 1982, he continued to serve as a constultant for several organizations including the Council of Jewish Federations and Beth Israel Hostpial. Arnold Gurin passed away in 1991.