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Harvard Law School

‘She Changed the World’: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Landmark Jurist, Dies at 87

As a Harvard Law School student in 1956, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was allegedly asked by the then-Law School dean to justify taking the place of a man in the Class of 1959. She would spend the next sixty-four years breaking gender barriers and making history in the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Harvard Law School

RBG Memorial

A memorial to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a Harvard Law School alumna, sprung up at the Law School this week after Ginsburg's death at the age of 87 Friday.

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Philanthropist Richard A. Smith, Who Was ‘Deeply Devoted to Harvard,’ Dies at 95

To most at Harvard, Richard A. Smith ’46 is perhaps best known for what former University President Drew G. Faust called his “last gift” to the University: the donation that enabled the redesign and renovation of what is now the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center. But his generosity to Harvard extended well beyond just the edifice that sits as a primary hub for student gatherings.

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Crimson President and JFK Library Director Dan H. Fenn Jr. ’44, Who Made and Commemorated History, Dies at 97

Former Crimson president and founding director of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum Dan H. Fenn Jr. ’44 died earlier this month at the age of 97, leaving behind a legacy of public service fit for the history books he loved.

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Economics Professor Emmanuel Farhi, Who Wielded His Intellect for Public Good, Dies at 41

Economics Professor Emmanuel Farhi died unexpectedly on July 23 at the age of 41.

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Harvard Undergraduate Clio Griffin ’15 Remembered as 'Unfailingly Curious and Kind'

Clio Griffin ’15, a Harvard undergraduate who held a deep-running passion for justice and a demonstrated commitment to service, died last week after an extended illness.


Photographer John B. Loengard ’56, Whose Eye Saw Things Others' Could Not, Dies at 85

John B. Loengard ’56 was a senior at Harvard College and a photographer for The Crimson when Life magazine approached him to photograph a freighter in Cape Cod in 1956. Thus began his longtime affiliation with the magazine, for which he served as a photographer and later its seventh picture editor.


Alberto Alesina, Prolific Econ. Professor Who ‘Made the Whole Program More Human,’ Dies at 63

Several colleagues agreed that Alberto Alesina’s warmth and humility pervaded the Economics Department at Harvard, where he had been a faculty member since 1988 and served as chair from 2003 to 2006.

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Central Barber Shop’s Fred Iannacone Dies at 78

Longtime barber Alfred J. “Fred” Iannacone Jr. — a familiar presence at Cambridge’s Central Barber Shop — died of COVID-19 on April 20 at the age of 78.

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Harvard Law School

Raj R. Marphatia ’81, First Nonwhite Harvard Law Review President and ‘Incredibly Strong Leader,’ Dies at 60

Marphatia — the first person of color to serve as president of the Harvard Law Review, a nationally recognized private funds lawyer, and a longtime partner at Ropes & Gray — died May 8 surrounded by family members at his home in Palo Alto, California, after battling cancer. He was 60 years old.

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Richard Hunt, Celebrated Faculty Member and ‘Keeper of Harvard Tradition,’ Dies at 93

Richard M. Hunt, a former faculty member and associate dean, died peacefully at home on Apr. 10 at the age of 93.

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Harvard Medical School

Harvard Medical School Professor Burton ‘Bud’ Rose, the ‘Steve Jobs of Medicine,’ Dies at 77

Rose's computerized database of medical information is used by over 1.5 million clinicians worldwide. Aside from his online pursuits, Rose worked as a professor at Harvard Medical School and a nephrologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

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Harvard Law School

Lila Fenwick, First Black Female Graduate of Harvard Law School, Dies at 87

In 1956, Fenwick became the first black female graduate of the Law School, just three short years after the school first counted women among its graduating classes. But, driven and determined, she told the Harvard Law Bulletin in 2000 she had believed with certainty since childhood that she would one day become a lawyer.


Ed School Professor Kurt W. Fischer, a “Champion of Kindness,” Dies at 76

Kurt W. Fischer, a professor at Harvard's Graduate School of Education and the director of its Mind, Brain, and Education Program prior to his retirement in 2015, died on March 30 at the age of 76.

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Graduate School of Design

Michael McKinnell, Renowned Architect and Harvard Design School Professor, Dies at 84

N. Michael McKinnell, an influential architect who co-designed Boston City Hall and taught at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design for more than 20 years, passed away due to coronavirus complications late last month. He was 84.