Archive for August, 2012

Milton Bassin Dies at 88; Expanded York College

August 20, 2012 | Staff

Milton Bassin, who as president of York College in Jamaica, Queens, oversaw the construction of a vast campus on a once-blighted site — steering the project through New York’s fiscal crisis and, in the process, helping to revitalize Jamaica and educate thousands of disadvantaged students — died on Monday in the Bronx. He was 88 and lived in Somers, N.Y.

Judith Crist, a Blunt and Influential Film Critic, Dies at 90

August 9, 2012 | Alumni

Judith Crist, one of America’s most widely read film critics for more than three decades and a provocative presence in millions of homes as a regular reviewer on the “Today” show, died Tuesday at her home in Manhattan. She was 90.

Marvin Hamlisch dies at 68; award-winning composer of popular music

August 9, 2012 | Alumni

When Marvin Hamlisch auditioned for the Juilliard School of Music, he played not Chopin or Mozart but the American folk standard “Goodnight, Irene,” a choice that could have had lamentable results for any other prospective student.

Martin E. Segal, Titan of the Arts in New York City, Dies at 96

August 6, 2012 | Uncategorized

Martin E. Segal, whose puckish warmth and old-fashioned ways belied his power and influence as one of the city’s leading cultural figures, died on Sunday at his home in Manhattan. He was 96.