Ex-CUNY official dies of 9/11-related cancer

September 21, 2015 | Staff

A former top official at the City University of New York died of 9/11-related brain cancer over the weekend — making him the school’s first Ground Zero responder to pass away from illness tied to the attack’s aftermath.

Irving Harper, Creator of the Marshmallow Sofa, Dies at 99

September 10, 2015 | Students

Irving Harper, who pioneered Pop Art furniture design with whimsical mid-20th-century modernist classics like the marshmallow sofa, the ball clock and the sunburst clock, died on Aug. 4 at his home in Rye, N.Y. He was 99.

Joseph Traub, Who Helped Bring Computer Science to Universities, Dies at 83

August 27, 2015 | Alumni

Joseph Frederick Traub was born on June 24, 1932, in Karlsruhe, Germany, the only child of Leo Traub and the former Mimi Nussbaum. Leo Traub was a banker in Karlsruhe, but after the Nazis seized the bank in 1938, the family fled and arrived in New York in 1939. Joseph attended the Bronx High School of Science and earned an undergraduate degree in math and physics from City College of New York.

Sally Gross, Choreographer of Minimalist Dances, Dies at 81

August 20, 2015 | Alumni

Sally Gross, a leading avant-garde dancer and choreographer whose minimalist works helped propel the postmodern dance movement, died on Monday in Sag Harbor, N.Y. She was 81.

Roy C. Bennett, Part of Midcentury Songwriting Duo, Dies at 96

July 20, 2015 | Students

Roy C. Bennett, who with his partner, Sid Tepper, wrote songs that were recorded by a wide roster of midcentury pop singers, including the titles “Red Roses for a Blue Lady,” “Kiss of Fire” and “The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane,” died on July 2 in Queens. He was 96.

Charles Winick, Author Who Challenged Views on Drugs and Gender, Dies at 92

July 20, 2015 | Alumni

Charles Winick, a professor of anthropology and sociology who wrote a book bemoaning the blurring of lines between the sexes and who challenged prevailing views about the dangers of drug abuse, died on July 4 in Manhattan. He was 92.

Jack Rollins Dies at 100; Managed Comedy Greats Like Woody Allen

June 29, 2015 | Alumni

Jack Rollins, a producer and a sharp-eyed talent manager who saw more than a shy gag-writer in Woody Allen and believed that the manic improvisations of Robin Williams would crack up audiences, died on Thursday at his home in Manhattan. He was 100.

Allen Weinstein, provocative historian and former U.S. archivist, dies at 77

June 22, 2015 | Alumni

Allen Weinstein, a historian who wrote a provocative book about accused Cold War spy Alger Hiss, was an early Western advocate for Russian leader Boris Yeltsin, and served as the ninth archivist of the United States, died June 18 at a nursing home in Gaithersburg, Md. He was 77.

Kalief Browder, 1993–2015

June 8, 2015 | Students

BY JENNIFER GONNERMAN June 7, 2015 Last fall, I wrote about a young man named Kalief Browder, who spent three years on Rikers Island without being convicted of a crime. He had been arrested in the spring of 2010, at age sixteen, for a robbery he insisted he had not committed. Then he spent more […]

Remembering Dr. Derrick Griffith

May 21, 2015 | Faculty

Medgar Evers College confirmed last week that 42-year-old Griffith, dean of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management for MEC, was one of the eight people killed in the May 12 Amtrak Train 188 derailment. He was the fifth victim identified.