Billy Joel’s Mother, 1978 Song’s Namesake, Dies

July 16, 2014 | Students

Billy Joel’s mother, who inspired him to write “Rosalinda’s Eyes,” has died in New York at age 92.

Robert Stein, 90

July 15, 2014 | Alumni

Robert Stein, editor, publisher, media critic, journalism teacher and blogger, died July 9 at the home of his son, Keith Stein, in Westport. He was 90.

Paul Mazursky Dies at 84; Director Showed ‘Me’ Era’s Strength and Foibles

July 3, 2014 | Alumni, Students

Paul Mazursky, an innovative director and screenwriter who both satirized and sympathized with America’s panorama of social upheavals in the late 1960s and ’70s in films that included “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice,” “Blume in Love” and “An Unmarried Woman,” died on Monday in Los Angeles. He was 84.

Eli Wallach, Multifaceted Actor on Stage and Screen, Dies at 98

June 26, 2014 | Alumni

Eli Wallach, who was one of his generation’s most prominent and prolific character actors in film, onstage and on television for more than 60 years, died on Tuesday at his home in Manhattan. He was 98.

‘Flowers for Algernon’ author Daniel Keyes dies at 86

June 23, 2014 | Alumni

Daniel Keyes, the author of the enduring classic “Flowers for Algernon,” the fictional account of a mouse and a man whose IQs are artificially, temporarily and tragically increased, died June 15 at his home in southern Florida. He was 86.

Gerry Goffin, Hitmaking Songwriter With Carole King, Dies at 75

June 23, 2014 | Alumni

Gerry Goffin, who collaborated with Carole King to write some of the biggest hits of the 1960s, songs that endured through generations and became classics, including “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?,” “Up on the Roof,” “One Fine Day” and “The Loco-Motion,” died on Thursday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 75.

Elodie Lauten, Who Wove Opera From Allen Ginsberg’s Poetry, Dies at 63

June 16, 2014 | Alumni

Elodie Lauten, an American composer known for her operatic setting of the work of Allen Ginsberg, died on June 3 in Manhattan. She was 63.

Ruby Dee, a Ringing Voice for Civil Rights, Onstage and Off, Dies at 91

June 16, 2014 | Alumni

Ruby Dee, one of the most enduring actresses of theater and film, whose public profile and activist passions made her, along with her husband, Ossie Davis, a leading advocate for civil rights both in show business and in the wider world, died on Wednesday at her home in New Rochelle, N.Y. She was 91.

Vincent Harding, 82, Civil Rights Author and Associate of Dr. King, Dies

May 22, 2014 | Alumni

Vincent Harding, a historian, author and activist who wrote one of the most polarizing speeches ever given by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in which Dr. King expressed ardent opposition to the Vietnam War, died on Monday in Philadelphia. He was 82.

Arthur Gelb, Critic and Editor Who Shaped The Times, Dies at 90

May 22, 2014 | Students

Arthur Gelb, who by sheer force of personality was a dominant figure at The New York Times for decades, lifting its metropolitan and arts coverage to new heights and helping to shape the paper in its modern era, died on Tuesday at his home in Manhattan. He was 90.