Archive for 2012

Elan Steinberg Dies at 59; Led World Jewish Congress

April 9, 2012 | Faculty

Elan Steinberg, who brought what he called a new, “American style” assertiveness to the World Jewish Congress as its top executive, winning more than $1 billion from Swiss banks for Holocaust victims and challenging Kurt Waldheim, the former United Nations secretary general, over his Nazi past, died on Friday in Manhattan. He was 59.

Gil Noble: The Man Who Told It ‘Like It Is’

April 9, 2012 | Alumni

He loved the way Harlem talks, as when Chuck Berry rushed back onstage in his lounge slippers after a break at the Apollo Theater in the ’60s and heard a rock ‘n’ roll fan yell upstage: “You need you some shoes, Chuck!”

Edmund L. Epstein, Scholar Who Saved ‘Lord of the Flies,’ Dies at 80

April 9, 2012 | Faculty

Edmund L. Epstein, a literary scholar who, as a book editor in the late 1950s, was so taken by a well-reviewed but not especially popular first novel by a largely unknown British writer that he decided to reprint it in paperback, thus enabling the extravagant American success of “Lord of the Flies” and its author, the future Nobel Prize winner William Golding, died on April 1 in Melville, on Long Island. He was 80.

Noted poet and activist Louis Reyes Rivera dead at 66

March 14, 2012 | Alumni

Few writers combine a relentless passion for poetry and liberation like Louis Reyes Rivera. The present tense is deliberate here though the esteemed griot and freedom fighter joined the ancestors last Friday, March 2. There remains a sense of his ubiquity, his cadence and resonance of voice that continues to echo in those precincts where his heart dwells, especially among the world’s oppressed and downtrodden.

Camilla Williams, black opera pioneer, dies at 92

February 2, 2012 | Uncategorized

Camilla Williams, believed to be the first African-American woman to appear with a major U.S. opera company, has died. She was 92.

Earle Gister, Influential Acting Teacher at Yale School of Drama, Dies at 77

January 25, 2012 | Uncategorized

Earle Gister, who, as associate dean, chair of the Acting Department, and the first Lloyd Richards Professor of Acting during his two-decade tenure at the Yale School of Drama, was a highly influential figure in the acting world, died Jan. 22 in his sleep at his home in New Haven, his son Carey said. He was 77.

Bingham Ray dies at 57

January 25, 2012 | Uncategorized

Bingham Ray, who championed indie films throughout his career as co-founder of October Films and prexy of United Artists and was recently named exec director of the San Francisco Film Society, died Monday in Provo, Utah, after suffering two strokes last week. He was 57.

Jacqueline Grennan Wexler: Former nun was activist, president of 2 colleges

January 24, 2012 | Staff

Jacqueline Grennan Wexler was a pioneer throughout her career, sitting on corporate boards, leading the National Conference of Christians and Jews and serving as president of two colleges, Webster in St. Louis and Hunter in New York City.

Omus Hirshbein, Classical Music Impresario, Dies at 77

January 10, 2012 | Staff

Omus Hirshbein, a colorful, headstrong arts administrator who directed important concert series at Hunter College and the 92nd Street Y, founded the New York Chamber Symphony and held posts at the National Endowment for the Arts, died on Dec. 31 in Manhattan. He was 77.

Bernard Bellush, Historian and Activist, Dies at 94

January 10, 2012 | Staff

Bernard Bellush. a labor historian and activist, has died of natural causes at age 94.