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.

Jonathan P. Hicks, Former Reporter for The New York Times, Dies at 58

November 17, 2014 | Students

Jonathan P. Hicks, who covered big business and all levels of New York politics, including the campaigns of three New York City mayors, over 24 years as a reporter for The New York Times, died on Monday at his home in Brooklyn. He was 58.

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.

Bernard Spitzer, New York Developer and Philanthropist, Dies at 90

November 3, 2014 | Alumni

Bernard Spitzer, a prominent New York City real estate developer and philanthropist who supported his son Eliot’s political career and at times became entangled in it, died on Saturday at his home in Manhattan. He was 90.

Edward V. Regan, Longtime New York State Comptroller, Dies at 84

October 20, 2014 | Staff

Edward V. Regan, a Buffalo Republican who knew little about high finance when he became the New York State comptroller but soundly managed billions in public pension funds and monitored hundreds of municipalities and state agencies for 14 years, died on Saturday in Greenwich, Conn. He was 84.

David Siegel, Author of New York Practice, Dies at 82

October 14, 2014 | Students

David Siegel, a longtime Albany Law School professor who was considered the state’s foremost authority on New York civil practice, died Thursday at home in North Egremont, Mass., after years of declining health. He was 82.

Robert Mangum, a City and Civil Rights Leader, Dies at 93

October 9, 2014 | Alumni

In 1933, Robert J. Mangum arrived in New York as an orphan of 13. As he told the story, he held his little sister by one hand and carried a satchel with all his belongings in the other.

The Rev. Dr. Joseph Bragg, man of the pen and cloth, dead at 75

September 19, 2014 | Alumni

For more than a generation, Joe Bragg was a tireless journalist whose words and voice constantly kept us abreast of local and world happenings. Then, as the Rev. Dr. Joseph Lee Bragg, he chose to comfort our souls and lift our spirits with his sermons. The omnipresent journalist and pacifying minister is no longer with us. He joined the ancestors Sept. 1 at age 75.