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.

Ernesto Butcher, Who Managed Port Authority After 9/11, Dies at 69

September 8, 2014 | Alumni

Ernesto Butcher, a soft-spoken Panamanian immigrant who effectively took over management of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, as its most experienced surviving operations officer, died on May 15 in Maplewood, N.J. He was 69.

Paul Gibson Jr., New York City’s First Black Deputy Mayor, Is Dead at 86

September 8, 2014 | Alumni

Paul Gibson Jr., a lawyer and an airline executive who in 1974 became New York City’s first black deputy mayor, died on July 11 at his home in Jamaica, Queens. He was 86.

Alexander M. Tanger, at 94; helped run radio and TV stations

August 28, 2014 | Alumni

Alexander Tanger was an announcer at a radio station in Brooklyn, N.Y., when a news bulletin arrived on Dec. 7, 1941, and he told his listeners about the attack on Pearl Harbor.

William Greaves, a Documentarian and Pioneering Journalist, Dies at 87

August 28, 2014 | Students

William Greaves, a producer and director who helped bring an African-American perspective to mainstream America as a host of the groundbreaking television news program “Black Journal” and as a documentary filmmaker, died on Monday at his home in Manhattan. He was 87.

Morris A. Adelman Dies at 96; Saw Oil as Inexhaustible

August 25, 2014 | Alumni

Morris A. Adelman, an energy economist who marshaled free-market principles and hard data in arguing that the world’s oil supply was not running out, died May 8 at his home in Newton, Mass. He was 96. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he taught and researched for 65 years, announced the death on May 15.

Obituary: Claire Tow, 83, cable co. founder, philanthropist

August 12, 2014 | Students

Claire Tow, 83, died peacefully on Monday, July 7, at Norwalk Hospital with her loving family by her side after a 14-year struggle with Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS).

Elaine Brody dies at 91; researcher put spotlight on issues of aging

July 29, 2014 | Alumni

Elaine M. Brody interviewed old people for admission to a Philadelphia nursing home, but the ones who especially worried her were the family members who brought them in.

Bel Kaufman, Who Told What School Was Really Like, Dies at 103

July 29, 2014 | Alumni

Bel Kaufman, a former New York City schoolteacher whose classic first novel, “Up the Down Staircase” — shot through with despair and hopefulness, violence and levity, bureaucratic inanity and a blizzard of official memorandums so mind-bendingly illogical as to seem almost Kafkaesque — was hailed as a stunningly accurate portrait of life in an urban school when it was published in 1965, died on Friday at her home in Manhattan. She was 103.