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obituaries


  • Thou Shalt Not Ration Justice

    by Pamela Metzger and Andrew Davies

    The Norman Lefstein legacy: passionate, tireless efforts for indigent defense reform.



  • Duke Professor Emeritus John Herd Thompson Dies at 72

    While at Duke, he served as chair of the history department and as director of the Canadian Studies program. He was known for his love of Canada, baseball and jazz, and for his devotion to his students.



  • Colin Palmer, Historian of the African Diaspora, Is Dead at 75

    Colin A. Palmer, a historian who broadened the understanding of the African diaspora, showing that the American slave trade was only one part of a phenomenon that spanned centuries and influenced cultures worldwide, died on June 20 in Kingston, Jamaica. He was 75.


  • The Perfect Mentor: Alan Brinkley

    by Yanek Mieczkowski

    Beyond his impeccable scholarship and insightful lectures, Alan Brinkley was a mentor to dozens of doctoral students. In that role, he was perfect, providing profound lessons that will last through many careers, and likely, many lifetimes. 



  • Remembering Prof. Sadao Asada

    by Peter Mauch

    Sadao Asada, Professor Emeritus of Doshisha University, died in Kyoto on February 4, 2019. He was 83 years old.



  • Edmund Morris, known for his biography of Reagan, dies at 78

    Morris was a polished prose stylist whose career took off with the success of his first book, “The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt,” which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1980. But what cemented his legacy was “Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan.”



  • John Lukacs, iconoclastic scholar of history, dies at 95

    John Lukacs, a Hungarian-born historian and iconoclast who brooded over the future of Western civilization, wrote a best-selling tribute to Winston Churchill and produced a substantial and often despairing body of writings on the politics and culture of Europe and the United States.



  • An Economist with a Heart

    by Hedrick Smith

    Alan Krueger, the Princeton professor and economic adviser to two presidents who died last weekend, was one of those rare economists who break out of the ivory tower and plunge restlessly into the real world