This page is dedicated to members of the NYU community who are no longer with us but are never forgotten.  

Please note: Notes are organized first by school (you may use the jumplinks below to jump to a particular school you'd like to view notes from) and within each school, notes are organized by class year (most recent graduates to older graduates).

College of Arts & Science

Michael Abraham (LS, GAL ’17) (Sping 2023)

Brian E. Kohn (LS ’11, TSOA ’13) (Spring 2023)

Robert Stengel (CAS ’11)

Brendan Relyea (CAS ʼ01) has passed away on August 2, 2023. Brendan was an outspoken advocate for equality and human rights, and enjoyed many hobbies including his passion for music: collecting vinyl, listening to music, and DJing for NYU's student-run radio station (WNYU 89.1FM) as both an NYU student and alumnus. (Summer 2023)

Karl Minner (WSUC ’93) died on November 29, 2023. (Fall 2023)

Professor Yorke E. Rhodes (WSC ’85) passed away peacefully early Monday morning 10/10/22 at age 86 in Sussex, NJ. He is survived by his wife Mechthilde, his sons Yorke Rhodes III of NYC, Chris Rhodes of San Diego, Matthias Raabe of West Orange NJ, and Timothy Rhodes of South Orange, NJ. He joined the chemistry department of NYU in 1965 and developed research areas in SO2 solvent chemistry, electrocyclic reactions, small ring chemistry, and carbocations, especially neighboring group cyclopropane-assisted cation rearrangements. Professor Rhodes was co-founder and Director of the Dual Degree Program in Science & engineering at New York Univ and Stevens Institute of Technology.

Michael Lefkowitz (CAS ’71) of Fairview, New Jersey, passed away on December 4, 2020.  After graduating with a B.A. degree from NYU in 1971, Michael attended Hofstra University School of Law and graduated with a J.D. degree in 1974.  He had a long, successful career working for the State of New York as an Administrative Law Judge in the Division of Social Services.

Harvey F. Strauss (ARTS ʼ70) (Fall 2023)

Karen Hudes-Spergel (WSC ’70) (Spring 2023)

Morris Orens (WSC ’69) (Spring 2023)

Kenneth H. Brief (WSC ’61)—“Ken,” “Mr. Brief,” “Professor Brief,” “Honey,” “Grandpa Kenny” or “Gpa,” depending on whom you ask—was born in Newark, New Jersey. A lifetime student of history, Ken was born on June 12, 1939, just 81 days before the start of World War II. Read his full obituary here(Fall 2023)

Robert Mondschein (WSC ’57, STERN ’68) (Spring 2023)

Dr. Isabel Whitehill-Grayson (WSC ’54, GSAS ’57, DEN ’61), died on October 29, 2023, at the age of 89. This triple Violet was a prominent orthodontist from Brooklyn, NY, and was an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Orthodontics at NYU for many years, including co-director of the Graduate Program for Foreign Dentists. (Fall 2023)

Barbara Swinkin Arion (WSC ’51) passed away on May 22,2023 at the age of 93. (Spring 2023)

Dr. Alan Protzel (WSUC ’51, DEN ’55) was born in New York City and received his pre-professional degree from NYU and his Doctorate in Dental Surgery from NYU College of Dentistry. (Summer 2023)

David Elias (CAS ’49) died on Oct. 14, 2019.

Albert Kessler (ARTS ’49, DEN ’53) (Fall 2023)

Leendert Drukker (WSC ’48)

Rhoda Cohen Scherer Cohen (WSC ’48, STEINHARDT ’50) has passed away at age 95. She was proud to be an NYU alum and working Registered Occupational Therapist for over 55 years. She is survived by three children and four grandchildren and her ex-husband, Monroe Scherer, another NYU alum. (Spring 2023)

Hugh Norbert Boroson (WSC ’47, GSM ’51) (Fall 2023)

Prof. Norman H. Zide (ARTS ’47) attended Music & Art High School (now Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts) and graduated at 15. He continued to NYU, Yale, Columbia & Penn; US Army Korean War veteran who specialized in Indian tribal languages. Professor & department chair in South Asia at the University of Chicago.  Worked with the American Institute of Indian Studies & The Munda Language Project. Fulbright Scholar & Ford Foundation grant recipient. Classically-trained pianist who loved opera & prolific writer of short prose. Travelled far, saw much & made his own way.  Survived by his sons, daughter-in-law, nieces, nephew, numerous cousins, students & friends. Loved & will be missed. (Fall 2023)

College of Dentistry

Juan Carlos Jaramillo (DEN ’98) passed away in early May of 2023. (Summer 2023)

Sylvester A. Evangelista (DEN ’98) (Spring 2023)

Xandria Sutherland-Pollard (DEN ’90) passed away on Sunday morning at home surrounded by her loved ones. She is survived by her husband of 33 years, Dr. Brian Pollard, daughters Brianna and Amari, mother Ivy May Sutherland, siblings, and several nieces and nephews. (Spring 2023)

Joanne Francis (DEN ’84) has passed away. (Spring 2023)

Judith Ann Klein, née Sicklick (DEN ’80) died Saturday, March 25th, 2023, at age 71. She is survived by her sister Janet, her brothers John and James, her sister-in-law Faith, her niece Kammie, her aunt June, and her childhood friend Roxann. She was preceded in death by her mother, Ruth. (Spring 2023)

Ronald Siegel (DEN ’77) passed away in the comfort of his home early Friday morning. He will always be remembered as a fun, creative man who loved nothing more than playing with his grandchildren. (Spring 2023)

Robert Gold (DEN ’70) passed away peacefully on February 28 in Ryegate, VT. Generous with his time, his spirit, and his insight, Robert’s unique perspectives were a gift to all who knew him. He is survived by his former wife Marlene, son David, brother Dennis, and granddaughter Arabella. (Spring 2023)

Joseph Steiner (DEN ’69) left this physical world on March 21, 2023. He is survived by his daughters, Michelle Steiner and Shara Steiner and four granddaughters who loved him quite dearly. (Spring 2023)

Dr. Joaquin M Fiol (DEN ’65) was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and esteemed member of the community. Joaquin left this world on May 30, 2023, leaving behind a legacy of love, resilience, and family. (Summer 2023)

George Maurice Gluck (DEN ’64) (Spring 2023)

Martin J. Lapidus (DEN ’64) passed away on April 16, 2023. A lovingly devoted man of great wit, technological knowledge, gentle care of dental patients and esteemed colleague and professor at NYU, Martin will be profoundly missed by his loving wife Pamela Ampel-Lapidus, daughter Jessica Collins and her husband Nate, sister Barbara Gortikov, brother David Lapidus and the many nieces and nephews he so enjoyed bringing laughter to. (Spring 2023)

Bentley Atwood Howe Merrick, D.M.D. (DEN ’93) beloved father, husband, son, brother, friend, and dentist, passed away on July 2 in Burlington, VT. He was 61-years-old. Ben was a 1983 graduate of Middlebury College, a 1988 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, and a 1993 graduate of the New York University College of Dentistry Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics. Ben’s South Burlington, VT, practice – Vermont Prosthodontics – grew over the years to help many. Additionally, he became a Clinical Instructor at the University of Vermont Medical Center General Dental Practice Residency in 1997. He found tremendous meaning in working with the next generation of dentists.

Harris M. Sendach (DEN ’67) passed away on January 3rd 2022. (Spring 2023)

Dr. Kenneth H. Knopf (DEN ’63) passed away on September 15th, 2020 in Florida. 

Dr. Martin Joel Feder (DEN ’62) passed away on May 14 2023. (Spring 2023)

Dr. Bert Chodorov (DEN ’60) passed away in July 2023. He was a longtime resident of Merritt Island and is survived by his wife of 25 years, 4 adult children, 1 grandson, 1 niece, 1 nephew, and their families. (Summer 2023)

Dr. John P. Williams (DEN ’59) (Spring 2023)

Dr. Mattis Fern (DEN ’59) passed away on July 7, 2022. He practiced dentistry in Manhattan and Roslyn, New York. He was a clinical professor of operative dentistry from 1959-1965. He was a lifetime member of ADA , member of Alpha Omega, and member of the First District Dental Society. He lectured in Hebrew at Tel Aviv University on full mouth rehabilitation as well as at local dental societies. He was an annual participant in the Greater New York Dental Meeting.

Dr. Robert L. Sachs (DEN ’59) passed away peacefully in November 2022 after a long and productive career in Oral Surgery. (Spring 2023)

Dr. Edwin B. Kornblue (DEN ’56) passed away peacefully in his home in Boca Raton, Florida on August 4, 2020. (Spring 2023)

Walter Strubel (DEN ’56) passed away recently. He was married to his wife Norma for 70 years. He adored his three children, seven grandchildren, and beautiful great granddaughterwith all his heart. He was so loved, respected and will be greatly missed by many. (Spring 2023)

Ira Raphael (DEN ’55) (Spring 2023)

Dr. Alan Simonson (DEN ’54) passed away on March 26, 2023. After graduating from New York University College of Dentistry, he practiced dentistry in Woodmere for nearly four decades. He is survived by his loving family. (Spring 2023)

Dr. Stanley Noel Schwartz (DEN ʼ53) passed away on June 27, 2023. Stanley was a graduate of Adelphi College and New York University School of Dentistry and was dedicated to the practice of Dentistry until the age of 78. He is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years Blanche, his daughters Lyssa (Daniel) and Lori (Patrick), and his four grandchildren. (Summer 2023)

Bernard Lieber (DEN ’52) passed away peacefully on May 4th 2023. (Spring 2023)

Doris Chilton Kahn Gunsher (DEN ’51) peacefully passed away at her home on May 18, 2023 at age of 94. (Spring 2023)


Gallatin School of Individualized Study

Michael Abraham (LS ’17, GAL ’17) passed away on February 5, 2023, with his legacy living on through his writing, family and friends. He inspired those around him with his kindness and love.

Tonya Ingram (LS ’11, GAL ’13) was a native Cincinnati poet who has been honored at the Getty Museum, Madison Square Garden, San Francisco Opera House, Nuyorican Poets Café, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Lexus Verses and the Flow variety show, and The Price is Right. She wrote How to Survive Today, a collection of poems, prompts, and affirmations for those of us still finding our way.

Graduate School of Arts & Science

Kathyrn “Katie” Hoedt (GSAS ’23) passed away on August 12, 2023. (Summer 2023)

Dr. Rochelle Levine (GSAS ʼ86) (Fall 2023)

Carol B Gartner, PhD (GSAS ʼ70), beloved wife, mother and grandmother, former Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Purdue University Calumet, passed away on November 5, 2023 at Silverado Memory Care Center in Escondido, CA. Carol was deeply admired for her intelligence, leadership abilities, smile, warmth and kindness. (Fall 2023)

Dr. Philip KY Young (GSAS ʼ71) born in Honolulu, Hawaii, 1945, passed away on September 22, 2023. After graduating from NYU with his doctorate in economics, Philip went on to become a professor at the Lubin School of Business at Pace University, a global consultant to many Fortune 500 firms, and the author of multiple books on finance, including The Portable MBA(Fall 2023)

Beverly Moss Spatt (WAG ’70, GSAS ’76), a fierce defender of New York City’s aesthetic and cultural heritage who battled real estate and political interests to protect distinguished buildings and historic districts as chairwoman of the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission in the 1970s, died on Friday, July 14, 2023 in Brooklyn. She was 99. Read more about Beverly's life and accomplishments. 

Dr. Patricia A. Farrell (GSAS ’78, SEHNAP ’90) has joined the non-profit board of directors of Clinics4Life, offering maternal health services in underserved countries beginning in the Philippines, then India and Africa and has published a collection of flash fiction stories Unexpected Short Tales of Surprise on Amazon. Dr. Farrell writes daily on where she has been named a top healthcare writer.. (Summer 2023)

Nancy Anne Forbes (GSAS '76) passed away on January 16, 2021, in Reston, VA. She was a member of the University of Virginia's first coed class, receiving a BA, Magna Cum Laude, in Spanish in 1974. Although her first passion was literature, she later discovered her love of physics, and earned a BA and MA (1987) in that field from Columbia University. Ms. Forbes had a long career in government and intelligence, working in science and technology analysis and policy.  She received an Exceptional Performance Award during her time with the CIA.  At her death, she was employed by SAIC as Senior Principal Systems Engineer. Nancy was a longtime member of the Association for Women in Science, mentoring women in the earlier stages of their careers. 

Lynn “Bo” Sims (GSAS ’75) passed away on September 25, 2022. He was a grandson, son, cousin, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Elizabeth “Betsy” Winslow Wagner (GSAS ʼ74), age 80, of Glen Arbor, Michigan (formerly of Birmingham, MI), passed away peacefully at home in Lake Forest, Illinois surrounded by family on July 8, 2023. (Summer 2023)

Alexander Charles Sutherland, II (GSAS ’68, ’78) (Spring 2023)

Louise McNulty (WSC ’67, GSAS ’72)

Dr. Arthur M. Goldweber (GSAS ’66 ’74) (Fall 2023)

Celia Lichtman (GSAS ’65) (Fall 2023)

James Arthur Harris, Sr., Ph.D. (GSAS ’59) (Fall 2023)

Grossman School of Medicine

Jaime Yun, M.D. (GSM ’93) (Fall 2023)

Ellen Kruger, M.D. (GSM ’91) (Fall 2023)

Miklos P. Salgo (GSM ’82) (Fall 2023)

Edward Ewald, M.D. (GSM ’81) (Fall 2023)

Kevin Harrison, M.D. (GSM ’81) (Fall 2023)

Dr. Judith Schartenberg Goodman (GSM ’77) died on November 29, 2023, at the age of 71. Goodman lived a long life of service in the field of Ophthalmology after obtaining her medical degree from NYU. She is survived by her daughter Dr. Lauren Goodman (Dr. Jaron Goldberg); son Dr. Julian (Lindsay) Goodman; grandchildren Jonah and Tessa Goodman, and Megan and Sylvia Goldberg. (Fall 2023)

Louis S. Kurlansky (GSM ’76) (Fall 2023)

Lawrence Rosman (GSM ’75) (Fall 2023)

Eileen Spatz (GSM ’73) (Fall 2023)

Dr. Alan Dattner, MD (GSM ’69) died unexpectedly at the age of 79 on November 29, 2023. (Winter 2024)

Stephen Redmond MD, MPH (GSM ’69) passed away peacefully on February 14, 2023. He was Commissioner of Health for Dutchess county, Rockland County and Deputy Commissioner of Health for Monroe County all in New York state, alongside being Western Area Medical director for IBM in his later years. He is survived by his 4 sons and his wife Nancy.

Richard A. Stein (GSM ’67) (Fall 2023)

James Alan Block (GSM ’66) (Fall 2023)

Jeffrey Steven Schwam, M.D. (GSM ’66) (Fall 2023)

John L. Weinstock, MD (GSM ’61) (Fall 2023)

Steve Alexander, M.D (GSM ’60) (Fall 2023)

Arnold J. Kaminer (GSM ’60) (Fall 2023)

James Renwick Shepard (GSM ’60) (Fall 2023)

Harvey Bezahler (GSM ’56), a noted psychoanalyst and editor of The Heights Daily News, sadly died at home in November 2023 at the age of 93. (Fall 2023)

George F. Gitlitz, M.D. (GSM ’56) (Fall 2023)

Bernard Lanter (GSM ’55) (Fall 2023)

Naomi F. Rothfield, M.D. (GSM ’55) (Fall 2023)

Stanley Deckoff (GSM ’51) (Winter 2024)

Francis X. Claps (GSM ’49) (Winter 2024)

Dr. Norman Harry Isaacson (GSM ’44) passed away on February 4, 2021 in Boca Raton, FL. Dr. Isaacson was born in New York City on April 9, 1922 and received his undergraduate and medical degrees from New York University in 1944. After starting a surgical residency in 1944 he joined the Army as a medical officer and served during and after World War II, retiring as a Captain. In 1947 he resumed his surgical residency at George Washington University under the direction of Dr.Brian Blades. He retired 47 years later as Professor Emeritus in Surgery. He continued to teach at the university and abroad until he was in his 80s. 

Honorary Degree

Judy Heumann (HON '22), an advocate for disability rights, passed away in early March of 2023, leaving behind a legacy of empowerment and love. 

Rory Meyers College of Nursing

Dr. Claire Mintzer Fagin (MEYERS ’64, HON ’11) (Winter 2024)

School of Law

Karen Tenenbaum (LAW ’87) has died at the age of 64. (Winter 2024)

Lawrence Slattery (LAW ’82) passed away on February 17, 2022. He was loved and admired by his extended family, friends, classmates, and colleagues for his good nature, constant optimism, unparalleled intellect, genuine warmth, unaffected charm, biting humor, and his ability to tell a really good story. In his own words, he "had lived poetry".

Donald P. Spencer, Esq. (LAW ’80) (Sping 2023)

J. H. "Michael" Payne (LAW ʼ78) is sad to share that he passed away in Washington, DC in July (2023). (Fall 2023)

John M. Callagy (LAW ’69) was a graduate of Georgetown University and the New York University School of Law. He was a preeminent trial lawyer and trusted counsellor to leading companies and institutions including JPMorgan Chase, Ralph Lauren, Foot Locker, and the Archdiocese of New York, among countless others. He leaves behind the rich legacy of a thriving firm and countless lawyers who admired him, learned from him, and follow his example of professionalism, devotion to clients, and charitable work. 

John J. McGraw (LAW ’65) passed away on July 16, 2023. He enjoyed a long career in an in-house and general counsel role with Ciba-Geigy and Ciba Specialty Chemicals. He was a constant optimist who loved opera, had a zest for travel, never tired of learning, and enjoyed engaging on topics of history, politics, and the news of day. He loved and cherished his family and is survived by his wife of 58 years, Marie, 4 children, and 5 grandchildren. (Summer 2023)

Thomas G. McMahon (LAW ’64) passed away on Memorial Day, May 29th, 2023. (Summer 2023)

Donald King (LAW ’63) passed away on Thursday, October 20, 2022. Don earned several advanced law degrees and was a law professor at St. Louis University for more than 25 years. During his career he had written 12 legal textbooks, published over 100 law journal articles, and he was the founder of the International Academy of Commercial and Consumer Law. Don loved to travel and was able to make 4 different trips around the world, accomplishing 6 Continents in 40 days which included several extensive experiences and many cutting-edge opportunities. Don was recognized around the world as an expert in commercial and consumer law.

Claudine Siegel (LAW ’59) of Longboat Key, Florida died on February 13, 2020. She was 84- years-old. Claudine was an attorney who dedicated her legal career to representing indigent clients as the statewide head of the Family Unit for Connecticut Legal Services. She leaves behind her husband Allen, with whom she enjoyed a loving 62-year marriage, children Jonathan Siegel and Tamra Lichtman, daughter-in-law Michelle Girvan, son-in-law Scott Lichtman, grandchildren Eli and Kayla Lichtman and Zara Siegel, and sister and brother-in-law Nadine and Manny Schultz. Claudine Siegel was born May 23, 1935 to Abraham and Irene Friedman in Antwerp, Belgium. Claudine and her family escaped the Holocaust, leaving the day the advancing German army reached Belgium, and ultimately resettling in Manhattan.

Alvin A. Kabot (LAW ’57, ’63) (Spring 2023)

Silver School of Social Work

Margot T. Egan (SSSW ʼ97) (Fall 2023)

Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development

Michael Chavez Reilly (STEINHARDT ’14) died on November 2, 2023, at the age of 56. Diagnosed with ALS in August 2019, Michael bore his disease with grace and a determination to live the remainder of his life as fully as possible. Michael’s memory will be ever-present to those closest to him as well as to those with whom he studied and worked over the last four decades. (Fall 2023)

Valon Beasley (STEINHARDT ’00, ’11, SPS ’20) (Summer 2023)

Nancy M. Key (STEINHARDT ’87) (Spring 2023)

Joseph Malaquias Torres, Ph.D. (STEINHARDT ’74) (Winter 2024)

Shirley Binder (STEINHARDT ʼ60) (Fall 2023)

Arlene Gershman Robins (STEINHARDT ʼ58) (Summer 2023)

Barbara Cashetta Knieter (STEINHARDT ’53) died on February 19, 2022. At the time of her attendance at NYU, the School of Education gave out the prestigious “Arch Award” for outstanding service and she was president of the art education organization “Pen and Pallette.”

Irving Gerber (STEINHARDT ’51)

Stern School of Business

Brannon S. Appicciafuoco (STERN ʼ20) passed away on November 11, 2023. (Fall 2023)

Sari Carp (STERN ʼ00, ʼ03) (Fall 2023)

P. Gregory Speck (STERN ʼ82) passed away on October 11, 2023. (Fall 2023)

Walter Zeh (STERN ’80) (Spring 2023)

Anthony S. Neusch (STERN ’72) (Fall 2023)

Vincent Paul Dole III (STERN ’71), an entrepreneur and venture capitalist, passed away on October 25, 2020.  He is survived by his wife Genevieve Dole, his son and daughter-in-law Alexandre and Renee, his sister Susan Dole, and his brother Bruce Dole.

Wilfred G. Mango, Jr. (STERN ’70) (Spring 2023)

Richard L. Busch (STERN ʼ68) (Fall 2023)

Robert Mondschein (WSC ’57, STERN ’68)

Irwin Cohen (STERN ’56) died peacefully on December 18, 2023, at the age of 90, after a brief illness while surrounded by his three daughters, their husbands and his grandchildren, and listening to classical music and the New York Pops. (Fall 2023)

Robert E. Friedman (STERN ʼ56) (Fall 2023)

Erwin Coyner (STERN ’55)

John N. Shofi (STERN ’54)

Alvin Meltzer (STERN '51) (Spring 2023)

Jackson Pokress (STERN ’42) (Spring 2023)

Robert Sayre Lewis (STERN ’40) was the star of NYU’s basketball team in the late 1930s and the subject of a play produced by Seattle Repertory Theatre in 2019. He passed away at 104-years-old on July 2, 2022. Bob was a key player in the storied NYU Violets’ 18-1 record in the 1938-39 season and was captain of the team the following year. He was inducted into the NYU Athletic Hall of Fame.

Tandon School of Engineering

Michael Vincent Lynch (TANDON ’17) passed away from cancer on November 16, 2023. (Fall 2023)

Kelly A Lum (TANDON ’04) (Fall 2023)

Michael F. Horodniceanu, PhD (TANDON ’78) (Fall 2023)

Irwin A. Freedman (TANDON ’77) (Fall 2023)

Dr. Kenneth R. Laker (TANDON ’70) (Fall 2023)

Kenneth Rifkind, M.D. (TANDON ’65, GSM ’69) (Fall 2023)

Charles H. Thornton (TANDON ’63, ’66), founding partner of Thornton Tomasetti. (Fall 2023)

Robert Gauger (TANDON '56) (Fall 2023)

Herbert Zwack (TANDON ’55) (Fall 2023)

Clare L Milton, Jr. (TANDON ’51) (Fall 2023)

David L. Bakalar (TANDON ’51) (Spring 2023)

Anthony D'Amato (TANDON ’52) (Fall 2023)

Donald Eisele (TANDON ’52) died on October 7, 2023. He worked his way up from being a brakeman for the New York Central Lines to being a consultant on passenger rail transit projects globally. He will be greatly missed. (Fall 2023)

Dr. Madeline P. Goodstein (TANDON ’48) (Fall 2023)

Tisch School of the Arts

Brian E. Kohn (TSOA ’13)

Allan D. Fisch (TSOA ’89) (Fall 2023)

Mark Traub (TSOA ‘80) died at 64 on Dec. 6 2022 from leukemia after an illustrious career at NBC as senior stage manager and back-up director for TODAY for 35 years.  He credited NYU and his teachers and friendships there with his success. His laughter, professionalism, and kindness will be truly missed.

Christine Goik (TSOA ’76) (Spring 2023)


Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service

Kiranteja Chadalawada (WAG ’15) (Spring 2023)

Morton L. Downey III (WAG ’69), a legendary leader in transportation who served as Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of the MTA, and was the longest serving Deputy Secretary of the US DOT, has died. His life and work redefined processes to address equity and accountability, and are an inspiration for public service. (Winter 2024)