In memoriam

Here we remember the scholars and teachers of Yale who have enriched us all through their pursuit of light and truth.

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Jerome Pollitt, erudite scholar, admired teacher, university citizen

Pollitt, a distinguished historian of Greek art and archaeology, died on April 24 after a long illness. He was 89.

Remembering School of Management’s founding dean William H. Donaldson

Donaldson laid the groundwork for the school’s distinctive mission and strategy and recruited the first class of students to an untried program.

Michael J. Sernyak, MD, 1961–2024

Yale psychiatrist Michael Sernyak, who advocated for improving mental health in the context of enhancing overall health, died on May 25. He was 62.

Peter McPhedran, MD, 1936-2024

McPhedran, a professor emeritus of laboratory medicine and of internal medicine, who advanced discovery and patient care in hematology, died on April 7, 2024.

Peter Demetz, professor emeritus of Germanic Languages and Literatures

Czech-born Jewish intellectual historian Peter Demetz, professor emeritus of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Yale, died April 30. He was 101.