Nat Lehrman, former Playboy editor, 1929-2014

February 18, 2014 | Alumni

Nat Lehrman was an influential editor at Playboy magazine from the 1960s through the 1980s, working closely with magazine founder Hugh Hefner and specializing in articles on human sexuality and social activism.

Paul Ash, President of Music Store Chain, Dies at 84

February 11, 2014 | Alumni

Sam Ash preferred playing the violin to being an entrepreneur, and he said no when his sons, Jerome and Paul, asked him to expand beyond his single musical instrument store in Brooklyn.

Theodore Millon, a Student of Personality, Dies at 85

February 3, 2014 | Alumni, Students

Theodore Millon, a psychologist whose theories helped define how scientists think about personality and its disorders, and who developed a widely used measure to analyze character traits, died on Wednesday at his home in Greenville Township, N.Y. He was 85.

Herbert L. Haber, 89, Dies; Negotiated in Era of Strikes

January 28, 2014 | Students

Herbert L. Haber, the chief labor negotiator for the City of New York from 1966 to 1973, when strikes by transit workers, firefighters, the police, teachers and garbage collectors tested the balance of power between the city and its municipal unions, died on Jan. 20 in Auburndale, Mass. He was 89.

Abraham Briloff, Accounting Professor, Dies at 96

December 20, 2013 | Faculty

Abraham J. Briloff, an accounting expert whose trenchant and sometimes scathing analyses of corporate financial records often sent investors scurrying to dump their stocks, died on Thursday at his home in Great Neck, N.Y. He was 96.

Jock Young, 1942-2013

December 16, 2013 | Faculty

William “Jock” Young was born in Midlothian on 4 March 1942 and educated in Aldershot before studying sociology at the London School of Economics from 1962. He began teaching at what is now Middlesex University in 1968 and remained there for 35 years, for much of it as director of the Centre for Criminology. In 2002 he moved to the John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York. He later served as professor of sociology at the University of Kent and then returned to New York as distinguished professor of criminal justice and sociology at CUNY’s Graduate Center.

Al Ruscio, Character Actor and Acting Teacher, Dies at 89

November 15, 2013 | Faculty

Al Ruscio, a film, television and stage actor who was also a noted acting teacher and served on the board of directors of the Screen Actors Guild, died in his home on Nov. 12. He was 89.

Leonard Herzenberg, 81, Immunologist Who Revolutionized Research, Dies

November 15, 2013 | Students

Leonard Herzenberg was in his lab at Stanford University one day in the early 1960s, laboriously counting cells under a microscope. His eyes hurt. “There’s got to be some kind of machine that can do this,” he remembered muttering.

He went on to develop precisely that — and in doing so helped revolutionize immunology, facilitate stem cell research and advance the treatment of cancer, H.I.V. infection and other illnesses.

Dr. Herzenberg, who died on Oct. 27 at 81 in Stanford, Calif., created a device that can pick out individual cells from a mass of trillions of them and then capture, sort and count them so they can be analyzed and used to fight disease.

Tato Laviera, 63, Poet of Nuyorican School

November 7, 2013 | Students

Tato Laviera lost his sight, but not his vision. His acclaimed poems and plays captured the rhythms and language of Puerto Rico and the Lower East Side — his twin loves — with equal measures of protest, playfulness and hope.

A Yiddishe Momme of Music, Chana Mlotek, Dies at 91

November 7, 2013 | Alumni

Chana Mlotek, an impassioned sleuth and archivist of Yiddish music whose song collections allowed thousands to imbibe the mirthful and mournful melodies of the shtetl, ghetto and Yiddish theater, died on Monday at her home in the Bronx. She was 91.