Obituaries

Herbert Abrams

Herbert Abrams, pioneering radiologist and anti-nuclear activist at Stanford, dies at 95

Herbert Abrams' multi-faceted career embraced patient care, teaching and medical research as well as a passionate advocacy for world peace.

Oleg Sherby / Courtesy of Pamela McCroskey

Oleg D. Sherby, professor of materials science and engineering, dies at 90

Hailed for the discovery of superplastic steel, Sherby was a professor at Stanford for 30 years. He was known on campus for his affable manner and for organizing volleyball matches and poker games.

Henry S. Rowen

Henry S. Rowen, Stanford business professor and U.S. policymaker, dies at 90

Henry S. Rowen, an American policymaker and economist at Stanford, died on Nov. 12 at the age of 90. He was a leading scholar on U.S. and Asian economic growth and a national security expert.

Rene Girard in his library / L.A. Cicero

Stanford professor and eminent French theorist René Girard, member of the Académie Française, dies at 91

A member of the prestigious Académie Française, René Girard was called "the new Darwin of the human sciences." His many books offered a bold, sweeping vision of human nature, human history and human destiny. He died Nov. 4 at 91.

Nathan Rosenberg portrait /Photo: Chuck Painter

Nathan Rosenberg, Stanford professor and expert on the economic history of technology, dead at 87

Nathan Rosenberg, the Fairleigh S. Dickinson Jr. Professor of Public Policy, Emeritus, in Stanford's Department of Economics, died Aug. 24 at the Vi at Palo Alto, at the age of 87.

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.