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Obituaries

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‘Unparalleled wit and unyielding reliability’: Remembering James Li ’27

James Li ’27, a devoted student of languages and philosophy, passed away on Feb. 16. Loved ones remember him for his witty intellect and caring spirit.

James Li ’27, a devoted student of languages and philosophy, passed away on Feb. 16. Loved ones remember him for his witty intellect and caring spirit.

NEWS | February 23

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Friends and family remember Sophia Jones ’27, ‘incandescent spirit’ and accomplished ballerina

A prospective molecular biology major and a member of Yeh College, Jones was a lifelong dedicated and passionate ballerina who had a love for animals, teaching, and hoped to pursue pediatric medicine after graduating from Princeton.

A prospective molecular biology major and a member of Yeh College, Jones was a lifelong dedicated and passionate ballerina who had a love for animals, teaching, and hoped to pursue pediatric medicine after graduating from Princeton.

NEWS | December 19

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Natalie Zemon Davis, ‘historian of hope’ who illuminated history of the overlooked, dies at 94

Natalie Zemon Davis, a pioneer in the study of women, gender, and the marginalized in historical scholarship, died at her home in Toronto on Saturday, Oct. 21, at the age of 94.

Natalie Zemon Davis, a pioneer in the study of women, gender, and the marginalized in historical scholarship, died at her home in Toronto on Saturday, Oct. 21, at the age of 94.

NEWS | November 6

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Fierce civil rights advocate at Princeton and beyond, Hodding Carter III ’57 dies at 88

Hodding Carter III ’57 was a prominent journalist before becoming spokesman for the State Department during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. He would later serve as University trustee. 

Hodding Carter III ’57 was a prominent journalist before becoming spokesman for the State Department during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. He would later serve as University trustee. 

NEWS | 05/13/2023

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John Osander, admissions director when first women were admitted to Princeton, passes away at 87

Osander served as the University’s director of admissions from 1966 to 1971, a period that saw the first women being admitted to the University in 1969.

Osander served as the University’s director of admissions from 1966 to 1971, a period that saw the first women being admitted to the University in 1969.

NEWS | 04/06/2023

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Remembering former ‘Prince’ chairman John “Jody” Kretzmann ’66

John Kretzmann, known endearingly as “Jody,” recently passed away at the age of 78. Kretzmann served as ‘Prince’ Chairman and is remembered for his social activism, as a student at Princeton and beyond. 

John Kretzmann, known endearingly as “Jody,” recently passed away at the age of 78. Kretzmann served as ‘Prince’ Chairman and is remembered for his social activism, as a student at Princeton and beyond. 

NEWS | 01/11/2023

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‘A force for good in both our sport and our society’: Remembering Grant Wahl ’96

Wahl’s career spanned three decades, during which he covered eight FIFA Men’s World Cups and four FIFA Women’s World Cups. He died in Qatar on Dec. 10 at age 49.

Wahl’s career spanned three decades, during which he covered eight FIFA Men’s World Cups and four FIFA Women’s World Cups. He died in Qatar on Dec. 10 at age 49.

SPORTS | 12/27/2022

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‘The most humble person I’ve ever met’: Loved ones remember Misrach Ewunetie ’24

“It was always very calm with her; it's always pleasant. She's always down for anything but also wanting to make sure that those around her were happy,” said Kenya Ripley-Dunlap ’24, a friend of Ewunetie. “It really seemed like everything she did was super thoughtful and loving. It seems like that was always her intention. She’s always complimenting people.”

“It was always very calm with her; it's always pleasant. She's always down for anything but also wanting to make sure that those around her were happy,” Kenya Ripley-Dunlap ’24, a friend of Ewunetie, said. “It really seemed like everything she did was super thoughtful and loving. It seems like that was always her intention. She’s always complimenting people.”

NEWS | 11/21/2022

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Remembering former ‘Prince’ production supervisor Brian Smith

Brian Smith, former Production Supervisor of The Daily Princetonian has recently passed away at the age of 66. Smith served on the ‘Prince’ for 24 years from 1986–2010.

Brian Smith, former Production Supervisor of The Daily Princetonian has recently passed away at the age of 66. Smith served on the ‘Prince’ for 24 years from 1986 - 2010.

NEWS | 11/15/2022

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Former ‘Prince’ chairman Robert Ruxin ’76 passes away

Robert H. Ruxin ’76, former Chairman of the Managing News Board of The Daily Princetonian, died on Sunday, July 17, at the age of 69. He passed peacefully after a six-year battle with multiple myeloma while surrounded by his family in their home in Lexington, Mass.

Robert H. Ruxin ’76, former Chairman of the Managing News Board of The Daily Princetonian, died on Sunday, July 17, at the age of 69. He passed peacefully after a six-year battle with multiple myeloma while surrounded by his family in their home in Lexington, Mass.

NEWS | 08/02/2022

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Honorary degree recipient and NBA legend Bill Russell passes away at 88

11-time NBA champion Bill Russell’s Twitter account announced Sunday that the former Boston Celtic and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient passed away at the age of 88. Russell received an honorary doctorate in humanities from the University in 2001.  

11-time NBA champion Bill Russell’s Twitter account announced Sunday that the former Boston Celtic and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient passed away at the age of 88. Russell received an honorary doctorate in humanities from the University in 2001. 

SPORTS | 08/02/2022

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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 | 02/14/2022

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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 | 02/03/2022

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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 | 01/25/2022

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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 | 10/28/2021

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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 | 10/24/2021

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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 | 07/10/2021

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