Obituaries

Wilfred H. Stone / Courtesy Nancy Carleton

Wilfred H. Stone, Stanford professor emeritus of English, dies at 97

Stone was known for his knowledge of 19th- and 20th-century British literature, particularly the works of E.M. Forster and the Bloomsbury Group, and his commitment to the improvement of undergraduate education.

Henry Riggs / Lee Salem Photography

Henry Riggs, retired engineering professor and entrepreneur, dies at 80

A memorial service will take place today for Henry E. "Hank" Riggs, professor emeritus of engineering and a former vice president of development.

Arthur P. Wolf / L.A. Cicero

Stanford anthropologist Arthur P. Wolf dies at 83

Wolf was known for his knowledge of early 20th-century Taiwan and as a scholar of the biological roots of incest avoidance.

Ray Bacchetti portrait

Ray Bacchetti, Stanford emeritus staff member, mentor and community volunteer, dies at 81

A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 20, at 3 p.m. at the Stanford Faculty Club for Raymond Bacchetti, who oversaw the university's budget and planning operations during the administrations of Stanford Presidents Richard Lyman and Donald Kennedy.

Norman H. Nie / L.A. Cicero

Norman Nie, Stanford scholar and entrepreneur, dies at 72

A leading thinker in the behavior of the American voter, Norman Nie revolutionized how social scientists analyze data.

William Cohen / Courtesy Stanford Law School

William Cohen, Stanford law professor and constitutional law expert, dead at 81

Stanford law Professor William Cohen's constitutional law casebook has given generations of law students a clear path toward a better understanding of the court's doctrinal issues.

Paul Kalanithi / Gregg Segal

Paul Kalanithi, Stanford neurosurgeon and writer, dies at 37

Paul Kalanithi wrote essays for the New York Times and Stanford Medicine reflecting on being a physician and a patient, the human experience of facing death, and the joy he found despite terminal illness.

Carl Djerassi portrait / Photo: Chuck Painter

Carl Djerassi, Stanford professor and world-renowned chemist, dead at 91

In his long career, Stanford chemist Carl Djerassi excelled in science and the arts. He may be remembered most as the father of the birth control pill.

Anna Marie Zarate Porras / Cindy Pearson

Memorial set for Anna Marie Zarate Porras

Porras, an alumna who had worked at Stanford since 1991, received the inaugural Office of Development Distinguished Service Award in January 2015.

Stanford Pulitzer Prize-winning historian dies at 93

A leading post-World War II historian, Stanford Professor Carl Degler was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his groundbreaking 1972 book on slavery and race relations. One colleague described him as a scholar who crossed disciplinary boundaries and challenged conventional pieties.