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.

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.

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.

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.

Nat Lehrman, former Playboy editor, 1929-2014

February 18, 2014 | Alumni

Nat Lehrman was an influential editor at Playboy magazine from the 1960s through the 1980s, working closely with magazine founder Hugh Hefner and specializing in articles on human sexuality and social activism.

Paul Ash, President of Music Store Chain, Dies at 84

February 11, 2014 | Alumni

Sam Ash preferred playing the violin to being an entrepreneur, and he said no when his sons, Jerome and Paul, asked him to expand beyond his single musical instrument store in Brooklyn.

Theodore Millon, a Student of Personality, Dies at 85

February 3, 2014 | Alumni, Students

Theodore Millon, a psychologist whose theories helped define how scientists think about personality and its disorders, and who developed a widely used measure to analyze character traits, died on Wednesday at his home in Greenville Township, N.Y. He was 85.

A Yiddishe Momme of Music, Chana Mlotek, Dies at 91

November 7, 2013 | Alumni

Chana Mlotek, an impassioned sleuth and archivist of Yiddish music whose song collections allowed thousands to imbibe the mirthful and mournful melodies of the shtetl, ghetto and Yiddish theater, died on Monday at her home in the Bronx. She was 91.