A Statement by Chancellor Matthew GoldsteinOn the Passing of Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

March 1, 2007 | News from the Chancellor

“Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. graced the halls of academia, first at Harvard and then for three decades here at CUNY, with a special combination of brilliance and worldliness that are qualities of history’s best teacher-scholars. Professor Schlesinger was appointed CUNY’s Albert Schweitzer Chair in the Humanities in 1966. He enhanced the greatness of this University, building on the stratospheric level of access and influence he had in the administration of President John F. Kennedy. Turning out one awarding-winning book after another, Professor Schlesinger produced exemplary scholarship. Professor Schlesinger helped vault the CUNY Graduate Center’s doctoral program in History to recognition as one of the country’s finest. His intellect inspired all of us. The Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. Chair in American History was established at the Graduate Center in 2001, with Distinguished Professor David Nasaw as the first, and current, holder of the chair. Across our 23 campuses, especially in our history departments, we mourn the passing of Professor Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.”