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Marva Collins, 78 (1936 - 2015)
Marva Collins, the Chicago education pioneer who won praise for her innovative teaching approach at the West Side school she launched in 1975, died Wednesday of natural causes. She was 78. Her son Patrick Collins announced the death. He said she had been a patient in hospice care in Beaufort County, South Carolina. Marva Collins started up the Westside Preparatory School in Chicago's...
Elson Floyd, 59 (2015)
The Associated PressPULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Elson Floyd, president of Washington State University, has died at 59 of complications from colon cancer.Floyd had been president since 2007 and went on medical leave earlier this month. He died Saturday morning at Pullman Regional Hospital, said a school spokeswoman, Kathy Barnard."Though his prognosis and outlook remained positive, recently the...
John Petersen (2015)
The Associated PressPITTSBURGH (AP) — John Petersen, a retired insurance executive whose gifts to the University of Pittsburgh included $10 million for a basketball arena named for himself and his wife, has died. He was 86.Petersen died Saturday after battling cancer, university officials and his family said. He and his wife, Gertrude, were living with their daughter in Savannah, Georgia, at...
Rev. John Lo Schiavo (2015)
The Associated PressLOS GATOS, Calif. (AP) — The Rev. John Lo Schiavo, former president of the University of San Francisco who presided over the university's resurgence and a shutdown of its basketball program, died Friday. He was 90.Lo Schiavo died in the infirmary at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, said University of San Francisco spokeswoman Anne-Marie Devine Tasto.A San Francisco...
The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, 97 (1917 - 2015)
By TOM COYNE, The Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh transformed the University of Notre Dame into a school known almost as much for academics as for football, even if it meant challenging popes, presidents or legendary football coaches. And he did it while championing human rights around the globe, from civil rights close to home — he joined hands with...
Irving Singer (2015)
BOSTON (AP) — Irving Singer, a philosopher, author of nearly two dozen books and professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has died at age 89. He died on Feb. 1 after a period of...
Ulrich Beck, 70 (1944 - 2015)
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...
Robert Wolfe, 93 (1921 - 2014)
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,...
Ian Player, 87 (1927 - 2014)
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...
Dr. David Greer (2014)
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...
Alexander Grothendieck, 86 (1928 - 2014)
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...