Richard  Lachmann

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Immense loss for Richard's family and sociological community all over the world. He was an excellent scholar and even better human being.


Posted by: Sinia Maleevi - Dublin, Ireland - Friend   Oct 02, 2021

Richard was a dear friend and colleague for four decades, since our days in grad school together at Harvard in the late 1970s and 1980s. He never changed in all those years, despite the increasing recognition of his scholarly brilliance. As all of his many many students and mentees attest, his humble kindness was only matched by his sly and subtle ironic stance toward the world. Only in the last few weeks before his death I encountered once again his

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Posted by: Margaret Somers - ANN ARBOR, MI - Friend   Oct 01, 2021

What a loss! Richard was such a wonderful human being, and he was in the middle of so many fascinating projects. We'll miss him greatly.


Posted by: Joel Andreas - Baltimore, MD - Friend   Sep 26, 2021

Professor Lachmann shaped my major intellectual interests during the years I studied in SUNY Albany. His works have greatly informed my understanding of what sociology is, and how it can be connected, and possibly, contributes to the great transformation of our time. He taught me what is a scholar's responsibility to his students, his discipline and his time. I was so indebted to him intellectually and professionally. It's an irremediable lost that an outstanding historical sociologist, and a public intellectual who writes tirelessly against injustice, has left us.


Posted by: Jing Li - Hangzhou - Student   Sep 24, 2021

My deepest sympathy is with the loving family of Richard. I was so surprised and deeply saddened when I heard the sad news. As a scholar, Richard is erudite, brilliant, and dedicated to advancing the knowledge on historical and political sociology; as a mentor, he is warm, supportive, and generous with his time; as an intellectual, he actively engages public debates and promotes social justice until the last day of his life. He is the role model in my and many people's lives. I will always cherish the time spent with him.


Posted by: Muyang Li - Toronto - Student   Sep 24, 2021

I was very shocked and saddened by the departure of Professor Richard Lachmann. I was not a close student of Prof. Lachmann's, but he was still incredibly generous in helping me through me on several occasions during my doctoral studies. One of them was when he agreed to be one of the committee members for my comprehensive exam, and the other was when he was my teaching mentor.

I think my example shows that Professor Lachmann was sincere, attentive, and a

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Posted by: Kenneth Han Chen - Student   Sep 23, 2021

Richard was one of my professors in graduate school and I am grateful for all that I learned from him during that time. He had such sharp analyses of the social world, but more than that he was a warm and open person who never made his students feel small. He had a quick wit and his big grin was infectious; that's how I'll remember him always. Sending warmth and light to all who knew him, loved him, and will miss him.


Posted by: Carolyn Corrado - LAKEVILLE, CT - Student   Sep 23, 2021

I was so shocked and heartbroken when I heard about this unbelievable news. I was very lucky to have the historical sociology course with him in the 2021 spring semester, which had reshaped my entire world on what historical knowledge can do in sociology perspective. I still remembered the day we met on zoom: he wore a plaid shirt with the humble and warm smile he always had on his face. This course is one of my favourite in

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Posted by: Fan Wang - Albany, NY - Student   Sep 23, 2021

It was like yesterday when I was in my first year with little sociology background but still enjoyed your theory class so much. You were just so kind and nice and I even took your Political Sociology course later which was obviously out of my league. But I still received detailed feedback from you. Though our research interests are different, I want to say your class and you work do help me a lot in my daily thinking and my

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Posted by: Feinuo Sun - Halifax - Student   Sep 23, 2021

I was so much saddened to learn of Professor Richard Lachmann's passing. He was my dissertation chair and my mentor throughout the many years of my PhD program in sociology at the University at Albany, SUNY. He was such a brilliant and nice man. I owe him a lot, intellectually and emotionally. . . It was my honor to be your student. Rest in peace, my professor.


Posted by: Rakkoo Chung - Rensselaer, NY - Student   Sep 23, 2021