Tonya Gonnella Frichner, Advocate for Indigenous Peoples, Dies at 67

March 2, 2015 | Alumni

By SAM ROBERTS February 26, 2015 Tonya Gonnella Frichner, a lawyer and professor from upstate New York who became a global voice for Native Americans in forging common ground with the world’s indigenous peoples, died on Feb. 14 at her home in Union City, N.J. She was 67. Her husband, Herbert Frichner, said the cause was […]

Peggy Charren, Children’s TV Crusader, Dies at 86

January 28, 2015 | Alumni

By BRUCE WEBER January 23, 2015 Peggy Charren, whose advocacy of higher-minded television programming for children took the issue to government agencies and the halls of Congress and led to landmark legislation, died on Thursday at her home in Dedham, Mass. She was 86. The precise cause was uncertain, but she had had vascular dementia […]

Allie Sherman Dies at 91; Led Giants to Title Games

January 6, 2015 | Alumni

By RICHARD GOLDSTEIN January 6, 2015 Allie Sherman, who possessed a dubious football pedigree as a left-handed quarterback at Brooklyn College but went on to take the New York Giants to National Football League title games in his first three seasons as their coach, died on Saturday at his home in Manhattan. He was 91. His death was […]

Richard C. Hottelet, CBS Newsman and Last of ‘Murrow Boys,’ Dies at 97

December 18, 2014 | Alumni

Richard C. Hottelet, who covered the D-Day invasion of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge for CBS and became the last survivor of the “Murrow Boys,” the network’s pioneering World War II radio newsmen who worked under Edward R. Murrow, died on Wednesday at his home in Wilton, Conn. He was 97.

Jane Freilicher, 90, a Lyrical Painter of Long Island Landscapes, Is Dead

December 11, 2014 | Alumni

Jane Freilicher, a stubbornly independent painter whose brushy, light-saturated still lifes and luminous landscapes set in the marshes of eastern Long Island made her one of the more anomalous figures to emerge from the second generation of Abstract Expressionists, died on Tuesday at her home in Manhattan. She was 90.

Juan Flores, a Scholar of Puerto Rican Culture in New York, Dies at 71

December 10, 2014 | Alumni

Juan Flores, a leading theorist of Latin American studies and a pioneer in the field of “Nuyorican” culture, the arts and language of Puerto Ricans in New York who toggle culturally between the city and the Caribbean island, died on Dec. 2 in Durham, N.C. He was 71.

Herman Badillo, Congressman and Fixture of New York Politics, Dies at 85

December 4, 2014 | Alumni

Herman Badillo, America’s first Puerto Rican-born congressman and a fixture in New York City politics for four decades who championed civil rights, jobs, housing and education reforms, died on Wednesday in Manhattan. He was 85.

Sugarhill Gang Rapper Big Bank Hank Dead at 58

November 17, 2014 | Alumni

Big Bank Hank, one third of pioneering rap group the Sugarhill Gang, has passed away from cancer at the age of 58. David Mallie, manager of the group’s other members Wonder Mike and Master Gee, confirmed the rapper’s death to Rolling Stone, saying the two surviving members were informed of his death on Tuesday morning.

Daniel Meltzer, Protector of the Beacon Theater, Dies at 74

November 17, 2014 | Alumni

Daniel B. Meltzer, a writer and teacher and perfervid New Yorker who led the successful fight to rescue one of the city’s most grandiose showplaces, the cavernous Beacon Theater, from transformation into a discothèque, died on Nov. 6 in Manhattan. He was 74.

Gus Vlahavas, 76, Who Ran a Brooklyn Culinary Haven, Dies

November 17, 2014 | Alumni

On Saturday mornings, Tom’s restaurant in Brooklyn is so popular that people line up outside just to be served old-fashioned diner cuisine like chocolate egg creams and all manner of pancakes. It has been that way for years, and until the owner, Gus Vlahavas, died this month at 76, the patrons’ patience was rewarded with the free coffee, cookies, sausage bits and orange slices he handed out while they waited.