Archive for 2012

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.

Paula Hays Harper, Art Historian, Is Dead at 81

June 27, 2012 | Faculty

Paula Hays Harper, one of the first art historians to bring a feminist perspective to the study of painting and sculpture, and the co-author of a major biography of Camille Pissarro, died on June 3 in Miami. She was 81.

Jack Caulfield, Bearer of a Watergate Message, Dies at 83

June 22, 2012 | Students

Jack Caulfield, a former New York City police detective who died on Sunday in Vero Beach, Fla., at 83, was once a master of dirty tricks for the Nixon White House who had his biggest brush with history in the role of a messenger.

Judith S. Wallerstein, Psychologist Who Analyzed Divorce, Dies at 90

June 22, 2012 | Students

Judith S. Wallerstein, a psychologist who touched off a national debate about the consequences of divorce by reporting that it hurt children more than previously thought, with the pain continuing well into adulthood, died on Monday in Piedmont, Calif. She was 90.

Eugene Ferkauf, 91, Dies; Restyled Retail

June 7, 2012 | Students

Eugene Ferkauf, the founder of the E. J. Korvette chain of discount department stores, whose 1950s strategy of low prices, quick turnover and high volume helped shape today’s retail landscape, died on Tuesday at his home in Manhattan. He was 91.

Herbert Breslin, Pavarotti’s brash and profane manager, dies at 87

May 23, 2012 | Alumni

Herbert Breslin, the fast-talking, foulmouthed, street-savvy classical music publicist and manager who oversaw Luciano Pavarotti’s career for 36 years, died May 16 in his hotel room in Nice, France, after an apparent heart attack. He was 87.

Microbiologist Irving Millman, 88, helped develop hepatitis B vaccine

April 26, 2012 | Alumni

Irving Millman, a microbiologist who played an instrumental role in developing the hepatitis B vaccine, an innovation recognized as one of the most important medical advances of the latter 20th century and one that has saved millions of lives, died April 17 at Sibley Memorial Hospital in the District. He was 88.