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Obituaries

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Robin Herman ’73, trailblazing journalist from the 'Prince' to the Times, dies at 70

A journalist for most of her career, Herman was the first woman to become a regular reporter at The Daily Princetonian and the first woman to become a sportswriter for The New York Times.

A journalist for most of her career, Herman was the first woman to become a regular reporter at The Daily Princetonian and the first woman to become a sportswriter for The New York Times.

NEWS | February 14

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Famed investor, major Princeton donor Louis A. Simpson GS ’60 dies at 85

On Saturday Jan. 8, Louis A. Simpson, the namesake of the Louis A. Simpson International Building and the Louis A. Simpson Center for the Study of Macroeconomics died at his Illinois home.

On Saturday Jan. 8, Louis A. Simpson, the namesake of the Louis A. Simpson International Building and the Louis A. Simpson Center for the Study of Macroeconomics died at his Illinois home.

NEWS | February 3

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Long-time Princeton professor and researcher Jacques Robert Fresco dies at 93

Fresco was considered a pioneer in the study of nucleic acids and biochemistry. In 1960, he and his student Bruce Albert, working in Paul M. Doty’s lab at Harvard University, published a paper which outlined a structure for RNA.

Fresco was considered a pioneer in the study of nucleic acids and biochemistry. In 1960, he and his student Bruce Albert, working in Paul Doty’s lab at Harvard, published a paper which outlined a structure for RNA.

NEWS | January 25

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Geosciences professor Tullis Onstott GS ’80 dies at 66

Working with him “was the most inspiring and one of the most enjoyable experiences of my 40+ years in Princeton classrooms,” Professor Edwin Turner wrote. “He routinely both infected our students with his deep and passionate excitement for science and effectively encouraged them to pursue their own intellectual interests with confidence in their abilities and a sense of adventure.”

Working with him “was the most inspiring and one of the most enjoyable experiences of my 40+ years in Princeton classrooms,” Professor Edwin Turner wrote. “He routinely both infected our students with his deep and passionate excitement for science and effectively encouraged them to pursue their own intellectual interests with confidence in their abilities and a sense of adventure.”

NEWS | October 28

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Peter C. Bunnell, former Princeton University Art Museum director, dies at 83

Bunnell served two terms as director of the Princeton University Art Museum in addition to serving as the David Hunter McAlpin Professor of the History of Photography and Modern Art, a professor of art and archaeology and author of the award-winning book “Minor White: The Eye That Shapes”. 

Bunnell served two terms as director of the Princeton University Art Museum in addition to serving as the David Hunter McAlpin Professor of the History of Photography and Modern Art, a professor of art and archaeology and author of the award-winning book “Minor White: The Eye That Shapes”. 

NEWS | October 24

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Donald Rumsfeld ’54, former Secretary of Defense, dies at 88

Rumsfeld, who served Secretary of Defense for both Gerald Ford and George W. Bush and was one of the key figures in the U.S. invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, has died at age 88.

Rumsfeld, who served Secretary of Defense for both Gerald Ford and George W. Bush and was one of the key figures in the U.S. invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, has died at age 88.

NEWS | July 10

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Friends, family remember Kevin Chang ’23

The Kevin Chang ’23 Memorial Fund has been set up in Chang’s memory; all gifts will be made to Princeton’s Counseling and Psychological Services in support of student wellness and mental health. 

The Kevin Chang ’23 Memorial Fund has been set up in Chang’s memory; all gifts will be made to Princeton’s Counseling and Psychological Services in support of student wellness and mental health. 

NEWS | 05/18/2021

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Princeton community mourns the death of Kevin Chang ’23

A memorial service was held over Zoom at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28. Dean of Religious Life and of the Chapel Rev. Alison Boden hosted the event, which was attended by over 140 people. An in-person vigil took place at 5 p.m. on Thursday for students to gather and reflect.

A memorial service was held over Zoom at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28. Dean of Religious Life and of the Chapel Rev. Alison Boden hosted the event, which was attended by over 140 people. An in-person vigil took place at 5 p.m. on Thursday for students to gather and reflect.

NEWS | 04/29/2021

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Muslim Chaplain Sohaib Nazeer Sultan dies at 40

Known to the campus community as “Imam Sohaib,” Sultan built a vibrant community for Muslims and non-Muslims alike and extended the reach of the community to those from beyond the University’s gates.

Known to the campus community as “Imam Sohaib,” Sultan built a vibrant community for Muslims and non-Muslims alike and extended the reach of the community to those from beyond the University’s gates.

NEWS | 04/22/2021

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Former Secretary of State George P. Shultz ’42 dies at 100

Elder statesman George P. Shultz, who served as U.S. Secretary of State under President Ronald Reagan and helped bring an end to the Cold War, died at his home in Stanford, California on February 6. He was 100 years old.

Elder statesman George P. Shultz, who served as U.S. Secretary of State under President Ronald Reagan and helped bring an end to the Cold War, died at his home in Stanford, California on February 6. He was 100 years old.

NEWS | 02/15/2021

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Professor Thomas Roche Jr., Renaissance scholar and ‘generous teacher,’ dies at 89

“[Roche] was the consummate host, the consummate professor, the consummate Spencerian, the consummate mentor, an extraordinary friend. And one of the most caring, wicked, hilarious, big hearted people I know,” reflected John Smelcer ’98, a founding member of Princeton Shakespeare Company (PSC), in an email to The Daily Princetonian. 

NEWS | 05/21/2020

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Venerated mathematical physicist Freeman J. Dyson dies at 96

Despite his mathematical contributions to the theories of quantum electrodynamics, Dyson did not receive the 1965 Nobel Prize in Physics alongside Feynman, Schwinger, and Tomonaga. The theoretical physicist Steven Weinberg GS ’57, who shared the 1979 Nobel Prize in Physics, told the New York Times in 2009 that the Nobel Prize Committee “fleeced” Dyson by not awarding him a prize for his work on quantum electrodynamics.

NEWS | 03/05/2020