Archive for 2014

Ernesto Butcher, Who Managed Port Authority After 9/11, Dies at 69

September 8, 2014 | Alumni

Ernesto Butcher, a soft-spoken Panamanian immigrant who effectively took over management of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, as its most experienced surviving operations officer, died on May 15 in Maplewood, N.J. He was 69.

Paul Gibson Jr., New York City’s First Black Deputy Mayor, Is Dead at 86

September 8, 2014 | Alumni

Paul Gibson Jr., a lawyer and an airline executive who in 1974 became New York City’s first black deputy mayor, died on July 11 at his home in Jamaica, Queens. He was 86.

Alexander M. Tanger, at 94; helped run radio and TV stations

August 28, 2014 | Alumni

Alexander Tanger was an announcer at a radio station in Brooklyn, N.Y., when a news bulletin arrived on Dec. 7, 1941, and he told his listeners about the attack on Pearl Harbor.

William Greaves, a Documentarian and Pioneering Journalist, Dies at 87

August 28, 2014 | Students

William Greaves, a producer and director who helped bring an African-American perspective to mainstream America as a host of the groundbreaking television news program “Black Journal” and as a documentary filmmaker, died on Monday at his home in Manhattan. He was 87.

Morris A. Adelman Dies at 96; Saw Oil as Inexhaustible

August 25, 2014 | Alumni

Morris A. Adelman, an energy economist who marshaled free-market principles and hard data in arguing that the world’s oil supply was not running out, died May 8 at his home in Newton, Mass. He was 96. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he taught and researched for 65 years, announced the death on May 15.

Obituary: Claire Tow, 83, cable co. founder, philanthropist

August 12, 2014 | Students

Claire Tow, 83, died peacefully on Monday, July 7, at Norwalk Hospital with her loving family by her side after a 14-year struggle with Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS).

Elaine Brody dies at 91; researcher put spotlight on issues of aging

July 29, 2014 | Alumni

Elaine M. Brody interviewed old people for admission to a Philadelphia nursing home, but the ones who especially worried her were the family members who brought them in.

Bel Kaufman, Who Told What School Was Really Like, Dies at 103

July 29, 2014 | Alumni

Bel Kaufman, a former New York City schoolteacher whose classic first novel, “Up the Down Staircase” — shot through with despair and hopefulness, violence and levity, bureaucratic inanity and a blizzard of official memorandums so mind-bendingly illogical as to seem almost Kafkaesque — was hailed as a stunningly accurate portrait of life in an urban school when it was published in 1965, died on Friday at her home in Manhattan. She was 103.

Madeline Amgott, Television Producer, Dies at 92

July 22, 2014 | Alumni

Madeline Amgott, one of the few women to produce news programs in the male-dominated television universe of the 1950s and ’60s, died on Saturday in Manhattan. She was 92.

Al Feldstein Dead: Former Mad Magazine Editor Dies At 88

July 21, 2014 | Alumni

Before “The Daily Show,” ”The Simpsons” or even “Saturday Night Live,” Al Feldstein helped show America how to laugh at authority and giggle at popular culture.