Archive for December, 2015

Sidney Mintz, Father of Food Anthropology, Dies at 93

December 30, 2015 | Alumni

Sidney W. Mintz, a renowned cultural anthropologist who provocatively linked Britain’s insatiable sweet tooth with slavery, capitalism and imperialism, died on Sunday in Plainsboro, N.J. He was 93.

Artist Sol Schwartz dies; captured Berkshire arts on sketch pad

December 29, 2015 | Students

Artist Sol Schwartz made his sketches using only the light of the stage. Scribblings, he called them. It’s no accident that a 2011 exhibit at the Norman Rockwell Museum was titled “Drawing in the Dark.”

Michael Wyschogrod, Dean of Orthodox Jewish Theologians, Dies at 87

December 18, 2015 | Students

The Jewish philosopher Michael Wyschogrod died Dec. 17 at the age of 87, after a long illness. He was old enough to have stood with his father across the street from Berlin’s main synagogue as it burned on Kristallnacht, when the Brownshirts unrolled a Torah scroll in the street and charged passersby the equivalent of a dime to trample the length of it. Wyschogrod escaped Germany with his family early in 1939 just as the gates were closing, obtaining an American visa thanks to an uncle in Atlanta whose employer knew a U.S. senator. He was a brand plucked out of the fire. And he was, perhaps, our last living link to the engagement of yeshiva-educated Orthodox Jews with continental philosophy.

Longtime Reno CEO Lillian Gilbert dies at 101

December 7, 2015 | Alumni

Lillian Gilbert, a rare woman in the mostly all-male ranks of Reno business CEOs in the l940s and 50s, died Sunday at a Reno rehabilitation center, three months short of her 102nd birthday. She had been treated for various illnesses.

Lucia Boletti Gagliardo Of Sothampton Dies October 16

December 1, 2015 | Alumni

Lucia Boletti Gagliardo died on October 16, at Menorah Hospice in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn, after a short battle with cancer. She was 52.