Asher Arian, Oliver Bloodstein, Bettina Liebowitz Knapp

February 1, 2011


Asher Arian, distinguished professor of political science, died on July 6. Appointed to the Graduate Center’s doctoral faculty in 1986, he served as program head until 1990. Arian held strong connections to Israel throughout his career, publishing dozens of books and articles dealing with the country’s governance, elections, public opinion, and political behavior; he also played a leading role in founding Tel Aviv University’s political science department in the late 1960s, was a member of the group that wrote the founding charter of the Israel Association of Political Science in 1979, was appointed a member of the executive committee of the International Political Science Association, and was editor of the association’s prestigious book series, Advances in Political Science, throughout the 1990s. Beginning in 1995, he served as a Senior Fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute as well. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, he received his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Michigan State University. In 1990, he returned to Israel, serving as professor of political science at the University of Haifa until his retirement in 2006. He continued to be connected with the Graduate Center, teaching a course as part of the Middle Eastern Studies master’s degree program in 2009.

Oliver Bloodstein, professor of speech and hearing sciences, died on July 4. founding member of the department at the Graduate Center, he is widely regarded as one of the creators of the modern field of speech-language pathology. He taught at  Brooklyn College from 1948 until his retirement in 2002, and was on the Graduate Center doctoral faculty from 1980 to 1995. Receiving a B.A. from City College in 1941, he traveled to the University of Iowa for further studies under Wendell Johnson and Lee Edward Travis, major figures in the emerging discipline, receiving his M.A. in 1942 and his Ph.D. in 1948. He wrote the seminal work on stuttering, as well as texts on the continuity hypothesis and the anticipatory struggle hypothesis. His influential text, A Handbook on Stuttering, is now in its sixth edition.

Bettina Liebowitz Knapp, professor emerita of French and women’s studies, died on August 27. Dr. Knapp also served Hunter College as Thomas Hunter Professor in the department of Romance languages. A Knight in the Order ofArts and Letters, an honor presented by the French government, she was a prolific author and recipient of numerous academic and scholarly awards. Among her many books were Marie Dorval: France’s Theatrical Wonder. A Book for Actors (2006), French Fairy Tales: A Jungian Approach (2002), Voltaire Revisited (2000), Images ofChinese Women: A Westerner’s View (1992), and Images ofJapanese Women: A Westerner’s View (1992). But, as her obituary in the New York Times states, “Her true memorial is the hundreds of students whose lives she touched and guided.”