Celebrity Deaths in Education

  • 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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  • 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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