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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Willie Ruff, legendary musician and scholar who studied and taught at Yale

Willie Ruff, a renowned jazz musician and scholar who connected the Yale and New Haven communities to "America's musical art form," died on Dec. 24. He was 92.

Brett Lindenbach, PhD, 1968–2023

Lindenbach, associate professor of microbial pathogenesis and of comparative medicine at Yale School of Medicine, died on Dec. 16. He was 55.

Yale Athletics remembers Ken MacKenzie ’56

Two-sport athlete and former head baseball coach Ken MacKenzie ’56 passed away on Thursday at the age of 89.

Diana Kleiner, art historian and founding director of Yale Open Courses

Kleiner, an art historian known worldwide for her expertise on the art and architecture of the ancient Romans, died on Nov. 12. She was 76.

Robert Brustein, former Yale drama dean and Yale Repertory Theatre founder

Robert Brustein, a major figure in American theater who was dean of Yale’s drama school from 1966 to 1979, died on Oct. 29.