Archive for 2014

Basil Paterson, trailblazing New York politician, former Gov. David Paterson’s father, dead at 87

April 17, 2014 | Faculty

Basil Paterson, the father of former Gov. David A. Paterson and one of the pioneering lions of Harlem politics, died Wednesday night, according to a spokesman for his son. He was 87.

My Son, the Pornographer

April 16, 2014 | Alumni

In his tennis whites on the courts of a retirement community in Sarasota, Florida, Nat Lehrman doesn’t fit the image of an aging sexual revolutionary: he’s no jowly Hugh Hefner in a red silk robe, nor Al Goldstein, homeless and pathetic. But then Lehrman, the editor responsible for transforming Playboy in the 1960s from just another spicy Esquire knockoff into a path-breaking national forum for the discussion of sexuality, has always been less a sex fiend than an old-school Brooklyn journalist.

Joan Miller, Modern-Dance Champion, Dies at 77

April 4, 2014 | Faculty

Joan Miller, a dancer, teacher and enduring presence in modern dance in New York since the 1970s, died on March 23 at her home in Manhattan. She was 77.

Eddie Lawrence Dies at 95; Comedy’s ‘Old Philosopher’

April 2, 2014 | Alumni

When Eddie Lawrence first performed his new comedy routine for his agent and a few entertainment executives, they told him that they loved it but that it was too clever for most people to understand. Mr. Lawrence had more faith in his audience.

Charlotte Brooks, a Photographer for Look Magazine, Dies at 95

March 24, 2014 | Alumni

Charlotte Brooks, one of only a handful of women ever hired to work as a full-time staff photographer at Look magazine, the major rival to Life in the heyday of American glossy photojournalism, died on March 15 at her home in Holmes, N.Y. She was 95.

Timothy Perper, 74, writer and researcher

March 10, 2014 | Alumni

Timothy Perper, 74, of Bella Vista, a writer and independent researcher on human courtship, died of cardiac arrest Tuesday, Jan. 21, at his home.

Boris Magasanik, 94; pioneer in molecular biology at MIT

March 10, 2014 | Students

A pioneering scientist in the emerging field of molecular biology, Boris Magasanik made key discoveries and spent 50 years teaching generations of Massachusetts Institute of Technology students about the secrets of tiny cells.

Don Engel dies at 84; entertainment attorney represented major pop stars

March 10, 2014 | Alumni

Don Engel had only a small law firm in Los Angeles — just two or three attorneys in addition to him and his wife. But a phone call from Engel could strike fear among the loftiest executives in the music business.

Bill Adler, Writer, Editor and Compiler of Books, Dies at 84

March 4, 2014 | Students

Bill Adler, who pursued his goal of being the P. T. Barnum of books by conceptualizing, writing, editing, compiling and hustling hundreds of them — prompting one magazine to anoint him “the most fevered mind” in publishing” — died last Friday in Manhattan. He was 84.

Lee Lorch, Desegregation Activist Who Led Stuyvesant Town Effort, Dies at 98

March 3, 2014 | Alumni

Lee Lorch, a soft-spoken mathematician whose leadership in the campaign to desegregate Stuyvesant Town, the gargantuan housing development on the east side of Manhattan, helped make housing discrimination illegal nationwide, died on Friday at a hospital in Toronto. He was 98.