Gerald W. Lynch, who led the fight to preserve John Jay College of Criminal Justice when it was threatened with closing or merger because of New York City’s fiscal crisis, died on Wednesday at his home in Bridgehampton, N.Y. He was 76.
Frank J. Macchiarola, who was widely regarded as one of the canniest and most effective New York City schools chancellors of the last half-century, died on Tuesday at his home in Downtown Brooklyn. He was 71.
Milton Bassin, who as president of York College in Jamaica, Queens, oversaw the construction of a vast campus on a once-blighted site — steering the project through New York’s fiscal crisis and, in the process, helping to revitalize Jamaica and educate thousands of disadvantaged students — died on Monday in the Bronx. He was 88 and lived in Somers, N.Y.
It is with great sadness that our College announces the passing of Acting Chief Librarian and Chair of the Department of Library and Media Services, Professor Vanrea Thomas, a highly esteemed and long-time veteran of the College faculty, on Monday, July 16, 2012.
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, 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. a labor historian and activist, has died of natural causes at age 94.
Frank Bonilla, an academic who grew up in two of New York’s poorest neighborhoods, faced segregation in the Midwest and went on to create one of the nation’s first college-level Puerto Rican studies programs and its first consortium for Latino studies, died on Dec. 28 in Escondido, Calif. He was 85.