Jean Nidetch dies at 91; a founder of Weight Watchers

May 6, 2015 | Students

Nidetch, the co-founder and vivacious public face of the organization, was 91 when she died of natural causes Wednesday at her home in Parkland, Fla., said her son, David Nidetch.

Lisa Simon, Stalwart on ‘Sesame Street’ for More Than Four Decades, Dies at 64

April 28, 2015 | Alumni

Lisa Simon, a 20-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning director and producer for Sesame Street who began with the PBS children’s show at the start and worked through its current 45th season, has died. She was 64.

Erwin Marquit, 89: a lifelong communist

April 28, 2015 | Students

A delegate from Minnesota, Erwin Marquit was in the audience listening at the 30th Convention of the Communist Party USA in Chicago when John Bachtell paid tribute to Party members who had died since the previous convention.

Frederic Morton, Author Who Chronicled the Rothschilds, Dies at 90

April 28, 2015 | Students

Frederic Morton, who left Austria as a boy as his family fled from the Nazis and made a celebrated literary career in the United States, much of which involved observing his homeland and its history from a distance, has died in Vienna. He was 90.

Bernice Tannenbaum, Who Fought U.N. Resolution on Zionism, Dies at 101

April 10, 2015 | Alumni

Bernice S. Tannenbaum, a former president of Hadassah who played a leading role in the fight against a United Nations resolution in the 1980s equating Zionism with racism, died on Monday at her home in Manhattan. She was 101.

Victor Gotbaum, 93, Dies; Labor Leader Helped Rescue New York City

April 6, 2015 | Alumni

Victor H. Gotbaum, a shrewd and combative Brooklyn native who headed the nation’s largest municipal employees’ union for two decades and played a pivotal role in saving New York City from bankruptcy in 1975, died on Sunday evening. He was 93.

MaryAnn DiBari: Remarkable woman lent aid and comfort to many

April 4, 2015 | Alumni

DiBari died on March 21 after a long and valiant battle with breast cancer. More than 600 mourners attended her standing-room-only funeral at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Ridgefield, Conn.

Miriam Bienstock, Co-Founder of Atlantic Records, Dies at 92

March 31, 2015 | Alumni

Miriam Bienstock, a co-founder of Atlantic Records who ran the business side of the company in its formative years, helping to lay the groundwork for what became a colossus of the recording industry, died on March 21 at her home in Manhattan. She was 92.

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 […]