posts categorized asIn Memoriam

Joseph Bruce Nelson (1940-2022)

by on July 16, 2022

Bruce Nelson was a great friend. I’ll never forget the first time I met him, in the Buttercup
Bakery on College Avenue in Berkeley, sometime in the late 1970s. Bruce came out of a
different ethno-class background than me, he had been in a different political sect, and he had
actually “industrialized,” which gave him enormous street cred in both of our circles.

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Kathryn J. Oberdeck (1958 – 2022)

by on July 5, 2022

Kathryn J. Oberdeck (January 18, 1958 – June 8, 2022) was a passionate fighter against all
forms of inequality. She combined an unwavering commitment to the highest intellectual standards with a self-less dedication to community and family. In every aspect of her life Kathy “gave it her all.”

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Richard L. Trumka (1949 – 2021)

by on August 29, 2021

Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO President, died on August 5, 2021 at the age of 72 after a lifetime of service dedicated to America’s working families.  He worked to guide the labor movement amidst rapid changes with his signature emphasis on capital stewardship, organizing rights, global solidarity, and working-class political power. 

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David H. Bensman, 1950-2020

by on August 3, 2020

Remembering Our Friend and Colleague, Professor David H. Bensman

A champion for workers, Bensman mentored two generations of future labor activists, organizers, and scholars during a 42-year career at Rutgers.

By Steve Flamisch originally published at Rutgers site

David H. Bensman, a respected professor and labor historian who retired last month as the longest-serving active faculty member in the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations, died on July 25.

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Geneva Evans, 1941-2018

by on April 16, 2018

A great labor leader passed away last month. You won’t read about her in the NY Times obituary, but you should. You won’t read about her in labor history books, but you should. You didn’t study about her in your history class in school, but you should.

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Judith Stein, 1940-2017

by on May 16, 2017

It is with a heavy heart that I forward the news that Judith Stein has passed
away after a long struggle with cancer. A dedicated member of LAWCHA, she was a
Distinguished Professor of History at City College and
Graduate Center of the City University of New York and the author of key books
and articles.

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James Green, 1944-2016

by on June 27, 2016

With great sadness we mark the passing of James Green, former president of LAWCHA, scholar, activist, and mentor to countless labor historians. He died yesterday following a long battle with cancer.

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Clifford M. Kuhn, 1952-2015

by on November 20, 2015

It is with deep regret that we mark the passing of Clifford M. Kuhn, associate professor of History at Georgia State University and executive director of the Oral History Association, who died on Sunday, November 8, after a devastating and unexpected heart attack.

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Gary Cappy, 1952-2015

by on November 17, 2015

I am sad to report that Gary Cappy, of Grass Roots Press, which has printed the LAWCHA newsletter for many years has passed away. I just learned of the news, but Gary passed on August 29th, 2015.

Gary was a Pennsylvania native who attended West Virginia University.

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