Archive for October, 2013

Major Owens, 77, Education Advocate in Congress, Dies

October 29, 2013 | Faculty

Major R. Owens, a former librarian who went to Congress from Brooklyn and remained there for 24 years, fighting for more federal aid for education and other liberal causes, died on Monday in Manhattan. He was 77.

Oscar Hijuelos, Who Won Pulitzer for Tale of Cuban-American Life, Dies at 62

October 15, 2013 | Alumni

Oscar Hijuelos, a Cuban-American novelist who wrote about the lives of immigrants adapting to a new culture and became the first Latino to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his 1989 book, “The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love,” died on Saturday in Manhattan. He was 62.

Jean Anyon Dies at 72; Wrote ‘Ghetto Schooling’

October 2, 2013 | Faculty

Professor Anyon, who died on Sept. 7 at 72, was one of the first people to study that landscape in detail — and among the first to assert that without accompanying social reforms like job creation, antipoverty initiatives and urban renewal, the problems of education in urban, poor areas would never be surmounted.