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John G. Sperling, 93 (1921 - 2014)
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...
Jim Rogers, 75 (1938 - 2014)
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...
Robert A. Dahl, Ph.D., 98 (1915 - 2014)
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...
Rose Gilbert (2013)
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...
Charles M. Vest, 72 (1941 - 2013)
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...
Abraham Nemeth, 94 (1918 - 2013)
Abraham Nemeth, the blind designer of the internationally recognized Nemeth Braille Math Code that simplified symbols for easier use in advanced math and science, has died at his home in suburban...
Israel Gutman, 90 (1923 - 2013)
IAN DEITCH, The Associated PressJERUSALEM (AP) — Israel Gutman, who survived the Nazi atrocities of World War II and dedicated his life to researching the Holocaust, has died. He was 90.Estee Yaari...
Sheldon Hackney, 79 (1943 - 2013)
The Associated PressVINEYARD HAVEN, Mass. (AP) — Sheldon Hackney, an educator and historian who served as president of Tulane and the University of Pennsylvania before becoming chairman of the...
Irwin Oreskes (1927 - 2013)
MEGHAN BARR, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Irwin Oreskes, a professor emeritus at Hunter College who studied biochemistry and taught laboratory science, has died at age 86.Oreskes, who...
Arlene Ackerman, 66 (1947 - 2013)
The Associated PressPHILADELPHIA (AP) — Former Philadelphia schools superintendent Arlene Ackerman, who left abruptly a year and a half ago after clashing with local officials, has died, according...
John Makumbe (2013)
The Associated Press HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's prominent political analyst Professor John Makumbe, an albino who also campaigned against prejudice toward the skin pigmentation condition...
Donald F. Hornig, 92 (1920 - 2013)
MICHELLE R. SMITH, The Associated Press PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Donald F. Hornig, a scientist who served as a key figure on the Manhattan Project, an adviser to three U.S. presidents and...
Steven Muller, 85 (1927 - 2013)
The Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — Steven Muller, who led Johns Hopkins University during a period of tremendous growth and also served as president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital for a decade,...
James M. Buchanan, 93 (1919 - 2013)
The Associated PressNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nobel Prize-winning economist James M. Buchanan, who helped develop the public choice theory of economics, has died. He was 93.Family members said in a...
Gerda Lerner, 92 (1920 - 2013)
DINESH RAMDE, The Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — Gerda Lerner spent her 18th birthday in a Nazi prison, sharing a cell with two gentile women arrested for political work who shared their food...
Klemens Wilhelm von Klemperer (2012)
The Associated PressBOSTON (AP) — Klemens Wilhelm von Klemperer, a German refugee who wrote extensively about the rise and fall of the Nazi regime has died in Massachusetts. He was 96.Von Klemperer...
William "Bill" Friday, 92 (1920 - 2012)
MARTHA WAGGONER, The Associated PressCHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — William "Bill" Friday, who helped shape the modern University of North Carolina system during his 30-year tenure as its president, has...
Eric Hobsbawm, 95 (1917 - 2012)
ROBERT BARR, The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Eric Hobsbawm, a lifelong socialist and one of Britain's most eminent historians, has died at the age of 95, his daughter said Monday.Julia Hobsbawm...
John Silber, 86 (1926 - 2012)
MARK PRATT, The Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — John Silber, the sharp-tongued, pugnacious public intellectual who transformed Boston University during a quarter-century as president and mounted...
Arno Lustiger, 88 (1924 - 2012)
The Associated PressBERLIN (AP) — Germany's Central Council of Jews says Holocaust survivor and scholar Arno Lustiger has died at age 88.Council President Dieter Graumann said Wednesday that...
Cleveland Donald, Jr. (2012)
JACK ELLIOTT JR., The Associated PressJACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Cleveland Donald Jr., the second black graduate of the University of Mississippi who started a black studies program at the college, has...
Paul Pohlman (2012)
The Associated PressST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Paul Pohlman, a senior faculty member at The Poynter Institute, died Wednesday in St. Petersburg after a brief illness.According to Poynter's website...
Stewart Fulbright, 92 (2012)
The Associated PressDURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Stewart Fulbright, a trailblazing black educator who piloted a bomber during World War II as one of the Tuskegee Airmen and later served as the first dean of...
Derrick Bell, 80 (1930 - 2011)
JIM FITZGERALD, The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Derrick Bell, a civil rights scholar and writer who was the first tenured black professor at Harvard Law School, has died. He was 80. Bell...
Ram Sharan Sharma, 92 (1919 - 2011)
The Associated PressPATNA, India (AP) — Indian historian Ram Sharan Sharma has died in a hospital in the eastern state of Bihar after a prolonged illness. He was 92.Sharma was known as an expert on...
Ricardo Alegria, 90 (1921 - 2011)
The Associated Press SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Ricardo Alegria, a Puerto Rican scholar known for his pioneering studies of the island's native Taino culture and who is credited with...
Ellis Gene Smith, 74 (1936 - 2010)
The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Ellis Gene Smith, the son of a Mormon family from Ogden, Utah, who is believed to have compiled the largest collection of Tibetan books outside of Tibet, has...
Suzanne Keller (2010)
The Associated Press PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) — The first woman to hold a tenured faculty position at Princeton University has died. Sociologist Suzanne Keller was 83. The New Jersey university...
Ernst von Glasersfeld (1917 - 2010)
The Associated PressVIENNA (AP) — A friend says intellectual Ernst von Glasersfeld, known for developing the theory of radical constructivism, has died. He was 93.Josef Mitterer, a professor at the...
Ehud Netzer (1934 - 2010)
MATTI FRIEDMAN, The Associated PressJERUSALEM (AP) — Ehud Netzer, an Israeli archaeologist best known for excavating King Herod's winter palace and discovering the monarch's tomb there, has died...