Archive for July, 2012


July 19, 2012 | Staff

It is with great sadness that our College announces the passing of Acting Chief Librarian and Chair of the Department of Library and Media Services, Professor Vanrea Thomas, a highly esteemed and long-time veteran of the College faculty, on Monday, July 16, 2012.

Joseph Cropsey, 1919-2012

July 16, 2012 | Faculty

Joseph Cropsey was a leading political scientist at the University of Chicago for more than 40 years and an adherent of Leo Strauss, another of the Hyde Park institution’s famed political theorists.

Estelle Ellis Rubinstein, a Pioneer at Seventeen, Dies at 92

July 16, 2012 | Students

Estelle Ellis Rubinstein, who as promotion director of the brand-new Seventeen magazine helped American businesses discover what she called “a whole new country” — the untapped market of millions of teenage girls — died on July 1 at her home in Manhattan.

Else Holmelund Minarik, Author of Little Bear Books, Dies at 91

July 16, 2012 | Students

Else Holmelund Minarik, a writer for children whose Little Bear picture-book series — which simply, gently and evocatively tells the story of an anthropomorphized cub’s forays into the wider world — has been a mainstay of childhood for more than half a century, died on Thursday at her home in Sunset Beach, N.C. She was 91.

Michel-Rolph Trouillot, scholar of Caribbean history, 1949-2012

July 16, 2012 | Students

Michel-Rolph Trouillot, a professor of anthropology at UChicago and a leading authority on the dynamics of power across cultural boundaries, died July 5. He was 62.

Opera star soprano Evelyn Lear, who won fame in Europe with ‘Lulu,’ dies at age 86 in Maryland

July 9, 2012 | Students

American soprano Evelyn Lear, who became an opera star in Europe singing some of the most difficult contemporary roles before returning to the United States, has died. She was 86.

Frances Alenikoff, Dancer and Visual Artist, Dies at 91

July 9, 2012 | Students

Frances Alenikoff, a dancer, choreographer and visual artist whose performances often interwove movement with slides, film, speaking, tape recordings and chant, died on June 23 in Southampton, N.Y. She was 91.