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Washington Post: Martin Katz, psychologist who studied effects of antidepressants, dies at 89

January 17, 2017 | We Remember

Martin Katz, one of the first researchers to study the action of antidepressants on mentally ill patients and a key figure in the history of the National Institute of Mental Health, died Jan. 12 at a nursing home in Rockville, Md. He was 89. The cause was cardiomyopathy, said his daughter, Nancie Katz. https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/martin-katz-psychologist-who-studied-effects-of-antidepressants-dies-at-89/2017/01/12/2afd2aa0-d8d8-11e6-b8b2-cb5164beba6b_story.html

Washington Post: Roy Innis, embattled leader of the Congress of Racial Equality, dies at 82

January 12, 2017 | We Remember

Roy Innis, a politically conservative civil rights leader who tussled philosophically — and physically, in one memorable televised encounter involving the Rev. Al Sharpton — with other activists during an embattled, decades-long tenure at the helm of the Congress of Racial Equality, died Jan. 8 at a hospital in New York City. He was 82. […]

Wall Street Journal: Harold Ehrlich Built Name on Wall Street With Fearless Forecasts

December 28, 2016 | We Remember

As a Wall Street economist and fund manager, Harold Ehrlich was known for sending out his Fearless Forecasts. He always closed with the same proviso: “I reserve the right to be wrong.” Newspaper writers liked to quote his unhedged remarks. In October 1979, Dr. Ehrlich told The Wall Street Journal he wasn’t ready to join […]

NY Times: E.R. Braithwaite, Author of ‘To Sir, With Love, ‘ Dies at 104

December 21, 2016 | We Remember

E. R. Braithwaite, a Guyanese author, diplomat and former Royal Air Force pilot whose book “To Sir, With Love,” a memoir of teaching in London’s deprived East End, was adapted into a hit 1967 film starring Sidney Poitier, died on Monday in Rockville, Md. He was 104. Mr. Braithwaite’s companion, Genevieve Ast, confirmed his death […]

Joseph L. Birman (1927–2016)

November 16, 2016 | We Remember

I first met Joseph L. Birman in 1979. He attended an unofficial seminar in Moscow for scientists like me who had lost access to academic institutions in the Soviet Union because of our political views or because we had applied to leave the country. We gathered in the apartment of a computer scientist who was […]

NY Amsterdam News: Dr. Barbara Christian, a literary critic and pioneering feminist

November 16, 2016 | We Remember

There was a collective gasp in the academic community, particularly among her associates, when Dr. Barbara Christian died at 56 in the summer of 2000. A promising career of research and further breakthroughs in the world of contemporary literary feminism and scholarship experienced an immeasurable blow, a terrible tear in that fabric of thought only […]

NY Times: Yaffa Eliach, Historian Who Captured Faces of the Holocaust, Dies at 79

November 16, 2016 | CUNY in the News, We Remember

Yaffa Eliach, who as a 4-year-old survived the Nazi massacres of Jews in her Lithuanian town, and went on to document their daily life in a kaleidoscopic book and a haunting, three-story canyon of photographs at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, died on Tuesday at her home in Manhattan. She was 79. […]

Pilot Online: Remembering author Gloria Naylor

November 8, 2016 | We Remember

When Mrs. Carpenter called me to her desk as everyone else filed out, my stomach sank. I did well in her advanced eighth-grade English class and kept to myself. Since most of us were serious readers and self-professed nerds, there were never any disciplinary problems. But I was the only black boy and paranoid that […]

NY Times: David Seeley, Educator Who Fought Against Segregation, Dies at 85

November 8, 2016 | We Remember

David S. Seeley, a lawyer and educator who devoted his career in government and academia to racially integrating the United States’ schools and to upgrading them through a collaborative movement involving students, teachers, parents and community organizations, died on Oct. 30 on Staten Island. He was 85. The cause was myasthenia gravis, a neuromuscular disease, […]

NY Times: Louis Stettner, Who Photographed the Everyday New York and Paris

October 20, 2016 | We Remember

Louis Stettner, a photographer who explored the streets of the two cities he called his “spiritual mothers,” New York and Paris, recording the daily lives of ordinary people, died on Thursday at his home in Saint-Ouen, France. He was 93. His death was announced by the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. Mr. Stettner, a New […]

NY Times: David Antin Dies at 84

October 20, 2016 | We Remember

David Antin, whose improvised performances, which he called “talk poems,” introduced a radical new form into American poetry in the 1970s, died on Oct. 11 in San Diego. He was 84. The cause was complications of a broken neck that he suffered in a fall, his wife, the artist Eleanor Antin, said. He had been […]

NY Times: Joseph L. Birman, Physicist and Humanitarian, Dies at 89

October 17, 2016 | CUNY in the News, We Remember

Joseph L. Birman, a physics professor who was honored for his humanitarian work with scientists facing repression in the former Soviet Union and elsewhere, helping scores of them to come to the United States, died on Oct. 1 in New Rochelle, N.Y. He was 89. The cause was complications of cancer, his son Carl David […]

NY Daily News: Brooklyn man, 25, killed on top of subway was daredevil photog

October 11, 2016 | We Remember

A 25-year-old Brooklyn man killed when he tried to climb on top of a subway car to take a picture of the city was a daredevil photographer who filled his Instagram page with heart-stopping pictures — some taken from the top of New York skyscrapers. Christopher Serrano took photos while seated on the ledges of […]

Wall Street Journal: Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson Dies

October 11, 2016 | We Remember

Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson, who reopened dozens of cases as he pressed to exonerate the wrongfully convicted, died Sunday from cancer. He was 50 years old. Mr. Thompson, the first African-American district attorney in Brooklyn, just days ago announced he was stepping away from the office to undergo treatment. “A lifelong New Yorker, Ken […]

LA Times: Gloria Naylor, award-winning author who wrote ‘The Women of Brewster Place,’ dies at 66

October 5, 2016 | We Remember

Naylor’s death was confirmed Monday to the Associated Press by Cara Reilly, an assistant at the literary agency Sterling Lord Literistic. Reilly provided no other details about Naylor’s death. Fellow authors soon paid tribute on Twitter, with Terry McMillan urging her followers to “read everything Gloria Naylor has ever written” and Tayari Jones thanking her […]

NY Times: Oscar Brand, Folk Singer Whose Radio Show Twanged for Decades, Dies at 96

October 4, 2016 | We Remember

Oscar Brand, the lanky, affable, gravelly-voiced folk singer and songwriter whose weekly on-air hootenanny was the longest-running radio show in history with a single host, died on Friday at his home in Great Neck, N.Y. He was 96. Doug Yeager, Mr. Brand’s personal manager, said the cause was pneumonia. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/02/arts/music/oscar-brand-folk-singer-whose-radio-show-twanged-for-decades-dies-at-96.html

DNAinfo: Late Forest Hills Resident Leaves $150,000 to Local Nonprofits

September 30, 2016 | Alumni, We Remember

Frank Esposito, a Forest Hills electrician, who passed away in 2013, left a large chunk of his money to several institutions he believed would fulfill his intentions. The North Forest Park Library on Metropolitan Avenue, where Esposito was a frequent visitor, and Our Lady of Mercy on Kessel Street, which he attended for more than […]

NY Daily News: Former Daily News photographer’s wife dies at 54

September 20, 2016 | We Remember

Deborah Sagal-Cotler, the wife of New York Press Photographers Association President Bruce Cotler, died Thursday after a long illness. She was 54. http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/daily-news-photographer-wife-dies-aged-54-article-1.2795690

The Villager: Patrick J. Eves, 41, photographer, digital project manager

August 29, 2016 | We Remember

Born in the Bronx, Eves grew up in Yonkers and attended Mt. Saint Michael Academy. A graduate of Baruch College and the School of Visual Arts, he started his career as a producer and sound engineer for Billboard magazine’s Billboard Radio in 1999. He later held Web production and project management positions at Scholastic, Bravo […]

NY Post: Mourners flock to funeral for ‘one of a kind’ NYPD giant

August 29, 2016 | We Remember

  Politicians, well-known figures and family, filled Saint Patrick’s Cathedral Tuesday afternoon at the funeral of John Timoney — who was known as a cop’s cop and who once stood among the top of the NYPD’s brass before leaving the Big Apple to lead police departments in Philadelphia and Miami. “John Timoney was one of […]