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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Louis Dupré, distinguished philosopher of religion

Heralded as one of the most significant religious philosophers of the twentieth century, Louis Dupré died on Jan. 11 at his home in Kortrijk, Belgium.

Leopold Jaroslav Pospisil: Inspiring teacher and a wonderful storyteller

Jaroslav Pospisil, emeritus professor of anthropology, died peacefully at his home in New Haven, Connecticut on 25 October 2021 at the age of 98.

YSE mourns conservationist Thomas Lovejoy: ‘An amazing role model’

Renowned conservation biologist Lovejoy ’63, ’71 Ph.D. was at the forefront of some of the most important issues facing humanity in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Remembering Kenya Flash: ‘Brilliance, generosity, and vast knowledge’

Flash was known at Yale as an exceptional and beloved social sciences librarian, colleague, teacher, and community member. She was 41.

Jonathan D. Spence, renowned scholar of Chinese civilization

Jonathan Spence ’65 Ph.D., Sterling Professor Emeritus of History, whose scholarship shaped the field of China studies for half a century, died Dec. 25 at home.