Obituaries

John Henry Merryman / Steve Gladfelter

John Henry Merryman, Stanford art law pioneer, dies at 95

An internationally renowned expert on art and cultural property law as well as comparative law, Merryman dedicated his life to the study and teaching of law at Stanford.

Robert Conquest

Stanford historian Robert Conquest, expert on Soviet Union, dies at 98

A Renaissance-style thinker, Robert Conquest was a prolific Soviet historian who became the conscience of an era in the war of ideas between communism and Western democracy. As a poet, his work was considered among the most influential in British literary circles.

Masahiko Aoki portrait/ Photo: Rod Searcey

Groundbreaking Stanford economist Masahiko Aoki dies at 77

Stanford economist Masahiko Aoki was a pioneer and leader in the scholarly understanding of the organizational forms involved in economic life. He also was renowned for innovative research on the economies of Japan and other East Asian nations.

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.