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Stanford Social Innovation Review: Higher Education for Refugees

April 20, 2017 | We Remember

Upon graduation, he was hired at Bell Labs, where he and partner Robert Wilson were tasked with building ultra-sensitive microwave receivers. Their handiwork ended up being so powerful that they accidentally picked up mysterious radio signals. These turned out to be the cosmic microwave background that provided the first confirmed proof of the Big Bang […]

Princeton University: Gerard Washnitzer, learned and spirited professor of mathematics, dies at 91

April 20, 2017 | We Remember

Gerard Washnitzer, a Princeton University professor of mathematics, emeritus, known for his work in algebraic geometry and lively personality, died April 2 in hospice in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. He was 91. Colleagues and family recalled Washnitzer as an avid reader who loved history as much as mathematics — particularly the history of mathematics. He […]

Jewish Telegraphic Agency: Rabbi Saul Leeman, who marched with Martin Luther King to Montgomery, is dead at 100

April 17, 2017 | We Remember

Rabbi Saul Leeman, a longtime leader of Conservative congregations in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, and a civil rights activist who took part in the famed march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965, has died at 100. Leeman, who served the Cranston Jewish Center on Rhode Island and later Temple Shalom in Medford, Massachusetts, died April 5. […]

Nature: Kenneth J. Arrow (1921-2017)

March 31, 2017 | We Remember

Kenneth Arrow was the doyen of economic theory during the second half of the twentieth century. His fundamental and diverse contributions — to fields including welfare economics, which aims to evaluate social welfare on the basis of individual choices or preferences — were founded on abstract reasoning and remarkably few elementary mathematical concepts.

NY Times: George Weinberg dies at 87

March 28, 2017 | We Remember

Dr. Weinberg was preparing to speak before the East Coast Homophile Organization in 1965 when he began thinking about a recent incident. A group of colleagues, learning that a friend he was bringing to a party was a lesbian, asked that he disinvite her. He sensed not just dislike, he said, but also fear — […]

Travel Pulse: Remembering Miriam Rand, the ‘First Lady of Luxury’

March 17, 2017 | We Remember

Legendary Beverly Hills travel agent Miriam Rand, who worked in the industry for seven decades and booked travel for Hollywood’s biggest stars, died in late February at age 100. She and her husband, Howard, opened Rand-Fields Travel Service in Beverly Hills, Calif., in 1949; it became a division of Protravel International in 2002. Over the years, she […]

NY Amsterdam News: Dave Valentin, versatile flutist, dies at 64

March 17, 2017 | We Remember

Dave Valentin, whose undeniable versatility as a flutist ignited Latin music and the movement of Latin jazz, died March 8 at a rehabilitation and care facility in the Bronx. He was 64. The cause was complications of a stroke and Parkinson’s disease, said his manager, Richie Bonilla.

NY Times: Helen Marshall, former Queens borough president, dies aged 87

March 8, 2017 | CUNY in the News, We Remember

Helen M. Marshall, a New York Democrat who was the first African-American to be elected Queens borough president, died on Saturday in California. She was 87. Her former chief of staff, Alexandra Rosa, confirmed the death. Ms. Marshall, who served three terms as borough president starting in 2001, was remembered on Saturday as a champion […]

NY Times: Dorothy Rice: Pioneering Economist Who Made Case for Medicare, Dies at 94

March 8, 2017 | We Remember

Dorothy Rice, a pioneering government economist and statistician whose research about the need of the aged for health insurance helped make the case for the passage of Medicare in 1965, died on Feb. 25 in Oakland, Calif. She was 94.

HNN: Historian Herbert Parmet Has Passed Away

March 8, 2017 | We Remember

Five months after Herbert Hoover became President of the United States, Herbert S. Parmet was born to immigrant parents in New York City and named for him. Herb would attend the city’s public schools, and graduate from DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx (1948) before earning a Bachelor of Science degree from SUNY College […]