Brandeis University: A People's History 1962-1963

As the fall semester got underway, students returned to campus to learn that Irving Fine, Professor of Music and chairman of the School of Creative Arts, had died in late August. He was 47. Fine had joined the university in 1950, and had been responsible for the first series of annual Creative Arts Festivals. Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein were among the pall-bearers for his funeral, held on campus at Berlin Chapel.

Later that year, Eleanor Roosevelt also passed away. In recent years as her deteriorating health made the commute between New York and Boston difficult for her, students in her International Law class had been traveling to New York for sessions at the UN and other locations.


Cuban Missile Crisis Fall-Out

In October, the Kennedy administration discovered Soviet missile installations under construction in Cuba. As Kennedy’s response came to seem more and more like a truly terrifying flirtation with a Third World War, people at Brandeis, like everyone else, began to express serious concerns. At a rally in Seifer Hall members of the faculty protested the administration’s behavior; reaction to a speech by newly-hired anthropology professor Kathleen Gough sparked a protracted crisis that challenged the university’s reputation as a haven of academic freedom.


Brandeis Scholarships

Scholarship Named for Brandeis’ Daughter

President Sachar announced the establishment of the Jacob H. & Susan Brandeis Gilbert Scholarship to commemorate the birthday of Justice Brandeis’ daughter. In 1983, the University redefined the scholarship, which now supports one incoming first-year student who demonstrates outstanding academic performance and significant contributions to their school or community.

—Janet Barry, Program Coordinator
Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences