Bressler, Tucker memorials to be held in October

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Marvin Bressler (John T. Miller/Office of Communications)
 
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Robert Tucker (Robert Matthews/Office of Communications)

Memorial services for emeritus professors Marvin Bressler and Robert Tucker will be held on campus in October.

The service for Tucker will take place Friday, Oct. 1, at 2 p.m. in the University Chapel.

The service for Bressler will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10, at Dodds Auditorium in Robertson Hall. A reception will follow from 5 to 7 p.m. at Prospect House.

Tucker, a professor of politics and international affairs who wrote two widely read biographies of Joseph Stalin, died in Princeton July 29. He was 92.

Tucker gained his expertise on the Soviet Union first-hand, traveling to Moscow in 1944 for what would be a nine-year stay at the U.S. embassy. At Princeton, he served on the faculty from 1962 to 1984 and was the founder and first director of the Program in Russian Studies.

Bressler, a popular teacher and adviser in the sociology department who left a lasting mark on the University’s curricular and extracurricular offerings, died July 7 in Skillman, N.J. He was 87.

Bressler served on the Princeton faculty for 30 years, including 20 as the sociology department chairman, and headed the Commission on the Future of the College in the early 1970s. He was a longtime mentor for the men’s basketball team and inspired the Academic-Athletic Fellow Program, which connects faculty and staff with varsity sports teams. Three Princeton classes — 1968, 1971, and 1982 — inducted Bressler as an honorary member.

Details about contributing to the Bressler Fund for Studies in Education are included in the University’s announcement of the Oct. 10 memorial.

One thought on “Bressler, Tucker memorials to be held in October

  1. Christine Moses-Egan '84

    Professor Marvin Bressler was one of the most compassionate people I have ever met. He knew how to get the best out of his students. I will always be grateful for his ability to inspire me to think critically about the world. I truly appreciated his sense of humor, his dedication to his students, and his intellectual rigor. He was an amazing man.

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