Celebrity Deaths in Education

  • John G. Sperling, 93 (1921 - 2014)

    John G. Sperling

    By BOB SEAVEY and ASTRID GALVAN Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — John G. Sperling was in his teens — illiterate and the survivor of a childhood filled with illness — when a shipmate in the Merchant Marine taught him to read. Enchanted by the likes of Fyodor Dostoyevsky and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sperling began a journey through higher education that ultimately led to his founding of...

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  • Jim Rogers, 75 (1938 - 2014)

    Jim Rogers

    MARTIN GRIFFITH, The Associated PressJim Rogers, a philanthropist and education advocate who served as chancellor of Nevada's higher education system from 2005 to 2009 without pay, died Saturday evening at his Las Vegas home after a bout with cancer. He was 75.Rogers also was the owner of KSNV-TV, the NBC affiliate in Las Vegas, and oversaw the growth of Sunbelt Communications into 14 TV stations...

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  • Robert A. Dahl, Ph.D., 98 (1915 - 2014)

    Robert A. Dahl, Ph.D.

    HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Robert A. Dahl, an esteemed and influential political scientist who in such books as "Who Governs?" championed democracy in theory and critiqued it in practice, has died. He was 98.A professor emeritus at Yale University, Dahl died Wednesday at a nursing home in Hamden, Conn., according to his daughter Sara Connor.His career lasted for more...

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  • Rose Gilbert (2013)

    Rose Gilbert

    The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Longtime Los Angeles school teacher Rose "Mama G" Gilbert has died at age 95, just 10 months after retiring. Gilbert died Monday night, the principal's office at Palisades Charter High School confirmed. The school's flag was lowered Tuesday. "As you all know, her generosity and lasting impact on generations of students is truly legendary," said...

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  • Charles M. Vest, 72 (1941 - 2013)

    Charles M. Vest

    The Associated PressCAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Former Massachusetts Institute of Technology president Charles M. Vest, who began its initiative to offer free courses online and oversaw expansions in its research fields, has died at age 72.He died of pancreatic cancer at his home in Washington, D.C., on Thursday night, MIT announced Friday.Vest led MIT from 1990 to 2004. During his tenure, MIT...

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