This site is dedicated to members of the Princeton University faculty and staff who have passed away. We are grateful for their many contributions to Princeton and remember them fondly as colleagues and friends. Recollections, memories, eulogies and information about service arrangements are invited and appreciated.
Lloyd Cotsen, a 1950 alumnus and one of the University’s most generous donors, died May 8, 2017
William Baumol, the Joseph Douglas Green 1895 Professor of Economics, Emeritus, and senior economist, passed away May 4, 2017.
Edward Yuncza, computing support specialist in the Office of the Vice President for Finance and Treasurer, died Tuesday, May 2, 2017.
Gerard Washnitzer, professor emeritus of mathematics, passed away April 2, 2017.
William Graessley, professor of chemical engineering emeritus, died Feb. 18, 2017
Carles Vallhonrat, lecturer with the rank of professor in the School of Architecture, died Feb. 21, 2017
John Mather, professor of mathematics, passed away Jan. 28, 2017.
Ricardo Piglia, the Walter S. Carpenter Professor of Language, Literature and Civilizatiion of Spain, Emeritus, and professor of Spanish and Portuguese languages and cultures, emeritus, died Jan. 6, 2017.
William “Bill” Bonini, the George J. Magee Professor of Geophysics and Geological Engineering, Emeritus, and professor of geosciences and civil engineering, emeritus, passed away Dec. 13, 2016.
Yu-kung Kao, professor emeritus of East Asian studies, died Oct. 29, 2016.
William G. Bowen, president of Princeton University from 1972 to 1988 and a professor of economics and public affairs, emeritus, died Oct. 20, 2016.
Michael Danielson, the B.C. Forbes Professor of Public Affairs, Emeritus, and professor of politics and public affairs, emeritus, passed away Sept. 22, 2016.
Elaine Fantham, the Giger Professor of Latin, Emeritus, and professor of classics, emeritus, passed away July 11, 2016
Gillett Griffin, curator of Pre-Columbian and Native American art, emeritus, passed away June 9, 2016
Ronald C. Davidson, former Princeton University professor of astrophysical sciences who directed the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, died May 19, 2016
Ralph Freedman, professor of comparative literature, emeritus, passed away May 5, 2016
John C. Moore, professor emeritus of mathematics, passed away Jan. 1, 2016.
Tim Vasen, lecturer in theater and the Lewis Center for the Arts, and the director of the Program in Theater, passed away Dec. 28, 2015
Walter Wallace, professor of sociology, emeritus, passed away Sept. 18, 2015
Sheldon Wolin, professor of politics, emeritus, passed away Oct. 21, 2015.
Charles Gillispie, the Dayton-Stockton Professor of History, Emeritus, passed away Oct. 6, 2015.
Hugo Meyer, professor of art and archaeology emeritus, passed away Sept. 12, 2015
C.K. Williams, a former lecturer with the rank of professor in the Council of the Humanities and the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing, passed away Sept. 20, 2015.
Carl Schorske, the Dayton-Stockton Professor of History, Emeritus, passed away Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015.
Mary George, senior reference librarian, passed away Aug. 9, 2015
Clarence Brown, professor emeritus of comparative literature, passed away July 18, 2015
Charles Townsend, professor emeritus of Slavic languages and literatures, passed away June 7, 2015
Robert Naumann, professor of chemistry and physics emeritus, passed away Dec. 10, 2014
Henry Drewry, former director of Princeton’s Program in Teacher Preparation, passed away Nov. 21, 2014.
William Surber Jr., professor of electrical engineering emeritus, passed away Aug. 27, 2014
Edward Nelson, professor emeritus of mathematics, passed away Sept. 10, 2014.
Samuel Hunter, professor of art and archaeology, emeritus, passed away July 27, 2014
Harold Kuhn, professor emeritus of mathematical economics, passed away July 2, 2014
A. Walton Litz, the Holmes Professor of Belles Lettres, Emeritus, and professor of English, emeritus, passed away June 4, 2014.
James Randall, professor emeritus of music, passed away May 28, 2014
Paul Sigmund, professor emeritus of politics, passed away on April 27, 2014.
David E. Bruce Professor of International Affairs, Emeritus, March 11, 2014
Scheide Professor of Music History Emeritus, Aug. 15, 2013
professor emeritus of physics, July 8, 2013
professor emeritus of philosophy, July 1, 2013
professor emeritus of psychology, June 28, 2013
lecturer with the rank of professor in the Program in Visual Arts in the Lewis Center for the Arts, June 26, 2013
former director of the Center for Jewish Life, March 28, 2013
Class of 1926 Professor of Comparative Literature, Emeritus, Feb. 27, 2013
faculty assistant in the Department of Math, Feb. 24, 2013
professor emeritus of physics, Jan. 13, 2013
professor emeritus of molecular biology, Jan. 6, 2013
the Walker Professor of Economics and International Finance Emeritus, Dec. 17, 2012
professor emeritus of architecture and the Class of 1913 Lecturer in Architecture Emeritus, Dec. 13, 2012
professor emeritus of mechanical and aerospace engineering, Sept. 20, 2012
professor emeritus of Slavic languages and literatures, July 26, 2012
the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Psychology Emeritus, July 22, 2012
professor emeritus of chemistry, July 15, 2012
director of administration and services in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, May 21, 2012
professor of East Asian studies, April 4, 2012
Henry Fairfield Osborn Professor of Biology Emeritus and professor of molecular biology emeritus, Feb. 7, 2012
professor of electrical engineering, Jan. 22, 2012
landscape grounds shop, Dec. 24, 2011
professor emeritus of mechanical and aerospace engineering, Dec. 6, 2011
professor emeritus of art and archaeology, Nov. 10, 2011
professor emeritus of electrical engineering, Aug. 27, 2011
professor of psychology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, June 11, 2011
George Dutton ’27 Professor of Architecture Emeritus, May 7, 2011
electric shop, March 22, 2011
longtime faculty member in visual arts, March 9, 2011
Dining Services, Feb. 23, 2011
plasma physics lab, Feb. 4, 2011
professor emeritus of sociology, Dec. 9, 2010
maintenance, Oct. 27, 2010
Building Services, Sept. 16, 2010
professor emeritus of geological and geophysical sciences, Aug. 27, 2010
the fifth recording secretary of the University, Aug. 2, 2010
the IBM Professor of International Studies Emeritus, July 29, 2010
Building Services, July 25, 2010
the Roger Williams Straus Professor of Social Sciences Emeritus, July 7, 2010
Dining Services, July 5, 2010
professor emeritus of sociology, June 30, 2010
professor emeritus of civil engineering and operations research, Dec. 7, 2009
design and construction, Nov. 18, 2009
electrical engineering, Oct. 8, 2009
electrical engineering (on leave), Sept. 24, 2009
professor emeritus of mechanical and aerospace engineering, Sept. 28, 2009
utility shop, Sept. 10, 2009
electric shop, Sept. 7, 2009
plasma physics lab, July 22, 2009
lecturer emeritus in biology, May 29, 2009
professor emeritus of Near Eastern studies, April 15, 2009
library, Dec. 15, 2008
dining services, Oct. 21, 2008
public safety, Oct. 9, 2008
library, Sept. 13, 2008
plumbing shop, Sept. 10, 2008
roofer/tinner shop, Sept. 8, 2008
building services, Aug. 3, 2008
professor of history, July 23, 2008
ecology and evolutionary biology, July 12, 2008
professor emeritus of civil engineering and operations research, July 5, 2008