Richard  Lachmann

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After graduate school, Richard really acted as an early career mentor for me as I tried to navigate the world of sociology. He would always reach out to have lunch at our professional association's annual meeting. I recall very fondly eating at several restaunts and once trying different varieties of oysters while talked about the financialization chapter in his (then) forthcoming book on American empire. Eventually he was kind enough to blurb my my own book when it eventually came

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Posted by: Michael A McCarthy - Milwaukee, WI - Friend   Sep 21, 2021

This is very sad news indeed. I feel for your family, Richard: you were taken from them before your time and that is especially hard. And you were taken too early from Sociology too. You had much to contribute in scholarship. I don't remember exactly when we first met but I recall with great pleasure the numerous discussions we had on any number of topics related both to historical sociology and cultural sociology. You were always in your element talking

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Posted by: John Hall - Santa Cruz, CA - Friend   Sep 21, 2021

Words can't express how sad I am that Richard has left us. I don't remember when I first met Richard numerous years ago, but I'm sure he reached out to me. That's the way Richard was always interested in the work of others, and so caring about them personally. Over the years, we enjoyed lunch dates in Houston when Richard visited his in-laws, he and Lyn hosted me at their home in Albany, and of course many meetings at ASA

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Posted by: Anne Kane - Bay City, MI - Friend   Sep 21, 2021

I met Richard when he was a graduate student at Harvard. I remember him as a very sweet man, but also as having a really brilliant, original mind. He offered innovative ways of looking at the great historical questions of our time. I'm incredibly sad to learn of his death, and I send my condolences to his family and many friends.


Posted by: Ann Swidler - Berkeley, CA - Teacher   Sep 21, 2021

I consider myself very fortunate of having Richard as professor and mentor. I know that many of my views, work and writings are better today because of his advice and the time he dedicate to talk, explain and share ideas. He leaves a big gap, not easy to fill, if ever. Thanks for your kindness and time, you will be missed.


Posted by: Roberto Vélez - New Paltz, NY - Student   Sep 21, 2021

Richard was an incredible scholar and a wonderful advisor. He was always supportive and encouraging, willing to listen and help out. I was so fortunate to have the opportunity to sit in his classes and get his advisory. I still remember those moments when Richard explained complicated ideas in a comprehensible way, when he encouraged me with his warm smiles, and many many other moments that I will keep remembering. I will always miss him.


Posted by: Yuemin Li - Albany, NY - Student   Sep 21, 2021

I was saddened to hear of the passing of Professor Lachman. He was a very thoughtful, pleasant and personable man. My condolences to his beloved family members. May his soul rest in eternal peace.


Posted by: Marcia Sutherland - Latham, NY - Coworker   Sep 21, 2021

The Department of Sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University at Albany mourns the loss of one of our most esteemed colleagues, mentor, educator, scholar, and friend. We send our condolences to his family, friends, and all those who knew Richard, who were enriched by his presence, and who were graced by his generosity, kindness, and giving nature. The College sends its deepest regards to all those who knew him, especially his students whose lives he enhanced beyond measure. They are forever gifted by having spent time with their dear mentor and guide.


Posted by: Jeanette Altarriba - Albany, NY - Coworker   Sep 21, 2021

Richard was a wonderful human being. Incredibly kind, thoughtful, and generous, on top of being hugely intelligent as well.


Richard served as my introduction to the world of US sociology after taking me on as a presenter for his ASA session back in 2016. Since then he became a steadfast interlocutor, role-model, and friend. I'll miss him dearly.


Posted by: Benjamin Abrams - United Kingdom - Friend   Sep 21, 2021

I grew up in New York City sharing the annual viewing of the Thanksgiving Day parade with my cousins, Richard, David and Susan, from the window of our Tante Kate on Central Park West. And although Susan and I were the same age and also went to the same college, Richard was my brilliant, revered older cousin who had a keen wit and love for seemingly exotic cuisine.

Later in life I ended up studying sociology at UW-Madison at just the

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Posted by: ANITA FRIEDMAN - Arlington, VA - Family   Sep 21, 2021