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Goodbye, professor.


Princeton sociology professor emeritus Marvin Bressler, an academic advisor to the Princeton men's basketball team for three decades, around whom the school's Academic Fellows program was built, passed away Tuesday after a long illness at the age of 87.

He had a full, amazing and fascinating life.

While I am sure it would irk him, I will miss him greatly.

If a public memorial is announced, I will be sure to post details.

Gene Grossman said,

July 8, 2010 @ 11:52 pm

Marvin had a remarkable wit and a wonderful stage presence. He was easy to talk to and even easier to listen to. He could hold court on any subject, and always had something interesting to say. And he cared deeply about people, regardless of age, race, status, or any other categorization.

I have never met another so ... WISE.

I too will miss him greatly.

Gene Grossman

John Poole said,

July 9, 2010 @ 12:49 am

Marvin Bressler was one of a few remarkable faculty members in the Sociology Department (along with gentlemen like Melvin Tumin and Marion Levy) when I was an undergraduate in the late 60s. I took his popular Sociology 101 course as a sophomore. He was funny, witty, and self-deprecating. He once mused in a lecture about how he avoided the world's cruel realities by continuing to higher levels of academia. We weren't fooled. Marvin was a wise man who could have survived in any environment, but chose to share his wisdom and humility with us. He was the antithesis of arrogance. Another fine man has passed.

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