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2014 Year In Review

Remembering the lives of the most notable personalities lost in 2014

Celebrity Deaths in Education

  • Ulrich Beck, 70 (1944 - 2015)

    Ulrich Beck

    The Associated PressBERLIN (AP) — German sociologist Ulrich Beck, who examined the way modern society deals with risk, has died. He was 70.Tanja Postpischil, a spokeswoman for his German publisher Suhrkamp, said Sunday that Beck died of a heart attack Jan. 1.Beck was born May 15, 1944, in Stolp, now the Polish town of Slupsk.He studied and taught at Munich's Ludwig-Maximilians-University,...

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  • Robert Wolfe, 93 (1921 - 2014)

    Robert Wolfe

    By JESSICA GRESKO, The Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — Robert Wolfe, who for more than 30 years served as a specialist in Nazi Germany at the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, has died. He was 93.Wolfe died Dec. 9 of respiratory failure at a suburban hospital, his son Marc Wolfe confirmed Monday.Wolfe joined the archives in 1961 and worked there until his retirement in 1995,...

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  • Ian Player, 87 (1927 - 2014)

    Ian Player

    By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, The Associated PressJOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African conservationist Ian Player, the brother of golfer Gary Player and a key figure in building the region's rhino population from a perilously small number half a century ago, has died.The 87-year-old conservationist was surrounded by family when he died Sunday at his home "after a short illness," said the Wilderness...

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  • Dr. David Greer (2014)

    Dr. David Greer

    JENNIFER McDERMOTT, The Associated PressPROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (AP) — David Greer, a doctor who co-founded a group that won the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize for working to prevent nuclear war and who helped transform the medical school at Brown University, has died. He was 89.Greer was a founding director of the Nobel-winning International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. He had heart...

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  • Alexander Grothendieck, 86 (1928 - 2014)

    Alexander Grothendieck

    JAMEY KEATEN, The Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Alexander Grothendieck, an opinionated and reclusive giant of 20th-century mathematics who shunned accolades and supported pacifist and environmental causes, has died, the French presidency said Friday. He was 86. He died Thursday at a hospital in the southwestern town of Saint-Girons, hospital officials said, without specifying the cause of...

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