Obituaries

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

Anna Marie Zarate Porras, dead at 48

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

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.

Campus mourns death of student Jalen Paukan

The Stanford community is grieving the death of Jalen Jimmy Paukan, a senior from remote St. Mary's, Alaska, who was an active member of the Stanford Native American community.

Ronald McKinnon / Sunny Scott

Conference, memorial set for Ron McKinnon

A Jan. 9-10 conference and memorial are planned in honor of Stanford economist Ron McKinnon, who died Oct. 1 at age 79. McKinnon was an applied economist whose primary interests were international economics and economic development.

Patrick Suppes, Stanford philosopher, scientist and Silicon Valley entrepreneur, dies at 92

Patrick Suppes' long career at Stanford began in 1950. As both a philosopher and scientist, he influenced a large number of fields. Drawing on his experience as an army meteorologist, he once compared predicting the weather to economics, both handling a vast flow of non-experimental data. As a successful entrepreneur he was also a leading donor to educational activities at Stanford.

Edwin Good / Chuck Painter

Stanford religious studies Professor Emeritus Edwin Good dies at 86

A Hebrew Bible scholar and piano historian, Edwin Good was known for his literary approach to ancient Hebrew texts and his passion for early pianos.

Memorial service planned for alumnus Dan Ha

Ha, who graduated in 2010 with a degree in computer science, was a co-president of his senior class and went on to co-found StartX, a non-profit startup accelerator intended to help Stanford-affiliated entrepreneurs.

Stanford Professor Emeritus David Nivison dies at 91

A pioneer in the field of Chinese philosophy, Stanford Professor David Nivison bridged the gap between Western philosophical inquiry and traditional Chinese thought.