Burying Transactional Solidarity

December 26, 2012 | Faculty

Fitch was at the end of his life on the faculty of Laguardia College after stints as an organizer, journalist, and independent scholar often living on the fringes of what had become by late century a rather charmless bohemianism.

Elliott Carter, Composer Who Decisively Snapped Tradition, Dies at 103

November 9, 2012 | Faculty

Elliott Carter, the American composer whose kaleidoscopic, rigorously organized works established him as one of the most important and enduring voices in contemporary music, died on Monday in Manhattan. He was 103 and had continued to compose into his 11th decade, completing his last piece in August.

Scientist, Candidate and Planet Earth’s Lifeguard

October 2, 2012 | Faculty

Barry Commoner, a founder of modern ecology and one of its most provocative thinkers and mobilizers in making environmentalism a people’s political cause, died on Sunday in Manhattan. He was 95 and lived in Brooklyn Heights.

Michael Wreszin, Biographer of American Radicals, Dies at 85

September 20, 2012 | Faculty

Michael Wreszin, a biographer of radical 20th-century American intellectuals who were prominent antiwar activists, among them the social critic Dwight Macdonald, died on Aug. 12 in Manhattan. He was 85.

Joseph Cropsey, 1919-2012

July 16, 2012 | Faculty

Joseph Cropsey was a leading political scientist at the University of Chicago for more than 40 years and an adherent of Leo Strauss, another of the Hyde Park institution’s famed political theorists.

Paula Hays Harper, Art Historian, Is Dead at 81

June 27, 2012 | Faculty

Paula Hays Harper, one of the first art historians to bring a feminist perspective to the study of painting and sculpture, and the co-author of a major biography of Camille Pissarro, died on June 3 in Miami. She was 81.

Elan Steinberg Dies at 59; Led World Jewish Congress

April 9, 2012 | Faculty

Elan Steinberg, who brought what he called a new, “American style” assertiveness to the World Jewish Congress as its top executive, winning more than $1 billion from Swiss banks for Holocaust victims and challenging Kurt Waldheim, the former United Nations secretary general, over his Nazi past, died on Friday in Manhattan. He was 59.

Edmund L. Epstein, Scholar Who Saved ‘Lord of the Flies,’ Dies at 80

April 9, 2012 | Faculty

Edmund L. Epstein, a literary scholar who, as a book editor in the late 1950s, was so taken by a well-reviewed but not especially popular first novel by a largely unknown British writer that he decided to reprint it in paperback, thus enabling the extravagant American success of “Lord of the Flies” and its author, the future Nobel Prize winner William Golding, died on April 1 in Melville, on Long Island. He was 80.

Evelyn Handler Dies at 78; Led Two Universities

January 3, 2012 | Faculty

Evelyn Handler, a cell biologist who, as the first woman to serve as president of Brandeis University, set off an acrimonious debate over the university’s Jewish identity when she secularized some campus traditions in hopes of attracting more non-Jewish students, died Dec. 23 in a pedestrian accident in Bedford, N.H. She was 78.

Harris Psomiadis Dies at 82; Founded Center for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies at Queens College

December 20, 2011 | Faculty

Harris Psomiadis, founder of the Center for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies at Queens College and its director for 30 years, is remembered as “a visionary and a pioneer in Greek studies” by assistant director Effie Lekas. Professor Psomiadis built “the largest center for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies outside of Greece right here at Queens College” and also was “a great teacher…. brilliant but humble,” Lekas said. Psomiadis died of cancer Aug. 13 at age 82.