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  • Originally published 05/10/2018

    Christiane Collins, Scholar Who Fought a Columbia Gym, Dies at 92

    In 1968, Mrs. Collins figured prominently in a turf war that evolved into a humble but symbolic civil rights struggle: a campaign by a coalition of black community groups and mostly white students and faculty to keep neighboring Columbia from impinging on two of Morningside Park’s mostly craggy 30 acres.

  • Originally published 05/03/2018

    Everett Fahy, Museum Authority on European Painting, Is Dead at 77

    Fahy was a prominent historian of Florentine painters from the late 15th and early 16th centuries who joined the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a young curator and left to run the Frick Collection before returning to the Met as its chairman of European paintings.

  • Originally published 04/23/2018

    W.R. Smyser, U.S. diplomat turned historian of postwar Germany, dies at 86

    Germany exerted a magnetic pull on Dr. Smyser, who spent time in the country as a young man, served there in the Army, held diplomatic postings in Berlin and Bonn, and eventually wrote one of the first comprehensive accounts of its political evolution after World War II — “From Yalta to Berlin: The Cold War Struggle Over Germany.”

  • Originally published 10/31/2017

    Linda Nochlin, Trailblazing Feminist Art Historian, Dies at 86

    In 1971, Nochlin earned widespread attention for her landmark essay “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?,” which approached that question with incisive and nuanced analysis, demonstrating how, for centuries, institutional and societal structures had made it “impossible for women to achieve artistic excellence, or success, on the same footing as men, no matter what the potency of their so-called talent, or genius.”

  • Originally published 11/10/2016

    Yaffa Eliach, Historian Who Captured Faces of the Holocaust, Dies at 79

    Yaffa Eliach, who as a 4-year-old survived the Nazi massacres of Jews in her Lithuanian town, went on to document their daily life in a kaleidoscopic book and a haunting, three-story canyon of photographs at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.

  • Originally published 04/05/2016

    Historian William Lawrence O’Neill has died at age 80

    Catherine O'Neill

    Professor O’Neill, a retired Distinguished Professor from Rutgers University, wrote more than a dozen books on subjects such as women, politics, and war in the United States in the Twentieth Century.

  • Originally published 10/06/2015

    Norma Basch, pioneer in legal history, has died

    Basch remained a feminist, both personally and professionally, throughout her life, inspiring students, colleagues, and other scholars with the acuity of her insights and analysis and the passion of her commitment.

  • Originally published 04/08/2015

    Goodbye, Stanley

    Bernard Weisberger

    Stanley Kutler died yesterday and we are all poorer for his passing.

  • Originally published 02/18/2015

    Lawyer who helped historians secure Nixon’s records, dies

    He was lead counsel in 1974 for a number of historians, political scientists and reporters who maintained that despite an agreement he had struck with the government, Nixon could not take possession of records created while he was in the White House.

  • Originally published 01/27/2015

    Marcus Borg, Liberal Christian Scholar, Dies at 72

    Professor Borg was among a group of scholars, known as the Jesus Seminar, who set out to discern which of Jesus’ acts and utterances could be confirmed as historically true, and which were merely myths.

  • Originally published 01/14/2015

    Two Tuskegee Airmen Die on Same Day in Los Angeles

    Clarence Huntley Jr. and Joseph Shambrey were born within six weeks of each other and grew up in the same Los Angeles neighborhood in the 1930s. Their parallel lives came to an end on January 5, when both men died at home at the age of 91.

  • Originally published 01/12/2015

    Harry V. Jaffa, Conservative Scholar and Goldwater Muse, Dies at 96

    A professor and author of political histories, Dr. Jaffa traced the nation’s origins to the philosophies of Aristotle and John Locke and analyzed the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the contributions of Washington, Jefferson, Madison and other founders.

  • Originally published 12/31/2014

    Looking Back: Those We Lost in 2014

    This year produced many deaths that stunned the country if not the world, in the fields of news, arts, sciences, politics and athletics.

  • Originally published 10/20/2014

    Park Honan, a Biographer of Authors, Is Dead at 86

    Mr. Honan wrote five major biographies in the last four decades, including books on Jane Austen and Shakespeare. Most were considered high-water marks in scholarship about their subjects.