Sociologist Daniel Glaser, AB'39, AM'47, PhD'54: 1919 - 2017

Professor Daniel Glaser, 98, of Needham died peacefully at home at North Hill on January 10, 2017 with the comfort and excellent care of the staff and his loving daughter, Lenore. Mr. Glaser was a sociology professor for more than 40 years and last taught at the University of Southern California. He authored eight books and numerous articles. Beloved father, brother and friend. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to organizations that support world peace. Services are private.

In Memoriam: Remembering Alison Winter

BY: William Harms | Division of the Social Sciences

Alison Winter was remembered for her insightful scholarship, her ready wit, and her love for her family in a service November 2 at Rockefeller Chapel, an event marked with sadness for the passing too soon of a beloved colleague and friend.


Winter, AB’87, was a Professor of History, the Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science, and the College.  Her research focused on Victorian science and medicine, twentieth-century psychology and psychiatry, and medical ethics.   She died June 22 at the age of 50.

James A. Davis, Sociologist, Founder of the General Social Survey (GSS), 1929–2016

James A. Davis, a leader in the use of quantitative statistical methods in social science research, died September 29, 2016. Davis was faculty in the Department of Sociology from 1957–1965 and 1972–1975. He was Director of NORC from 1971–1975, where he continued as a principal investigator until 2009.  From 1994 until recently Davis taught in the Department of Sociology as a senior lecturer and visiting professor, making a lasting impact on students and colleagues alike.