Archive for 2012

Eugene D. Genovese, Historian of South, Dies at 82

October 4, 2012 | Alumni

Eugene D. Genovese, a prizewinning historian who challenged conventional thinking on slavery in the American South by stressing its paternalism as he traveled a personal intellectual journey from Marxism to conservative Catholicism, died on Wednesday at his home in Atlanta. He was 82.

Scientist, Candidate and Planet Earth’s Lifeguard

October 2, 2012 | Faculty

Barry Commoner, a founder of modern ecology and one of its most provocative thinkers and mobilizers in making environmentalism a people’s political cause, died on Sunday in Manhattan. He was 95 and lived in Brooklyn Heights.

Michael Wreszin, Biographer of American Radicals, Dies at 85

September 20, 2012 | Faculty

Michael Wreszin, a biographer of radical 20th-century American intellectuals who were prominent antiwar activists, among them the social critic Dwight Macdonald, died on Aug. 12 in Manhattan. He was 85.

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.


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.