Richard  Lachmann

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It was truly a privilege to learn from Dr. Lachmann as a graduate student. He was an extraordinary scholar with a brilliant mind a kind heart. I always took advantage of the time we waited for the 7:45 Megabus together and asked him endless questions. Oftentimes he ended up making me laugh with his witty answers. It is difficult to express how much I appreciated him, but I'm especially grateful to him for his book recommendations, advice on teaching, stories about New York City back in the day, and the opportunity to care for Charlie, the greatest Bichon.


Posted by: Mayuko Nakatsuka - New York, NY - Student   Sep 21, 2021

I never had the privilege of meeting Professor Lachmann. As a fellow sociologist studying history and politics, I knew him only from his books, articles and other writings. He had a sharp mind, a fierce pen, and a commitment to offering explanations that were admirably precise and reductive. The field of sociology has lost one of its best. Requiescat in pace


Posted by: Steven Pfaff Pfaff - Seattle, DC - Coworker   Sep 21, 2021

Words cannot express my deep sorrow in hearing about Richard's passing. Although he was a colleague and a mentor for me for the past 20 years, Richard was first and foremost a good friend, who was always there to share his advice and wisdom, trade overseas travel stories and political commentaries, and bemoan our long-distance bus commutes from New York together. Underneath his quiet, down-to-earth demeanor, he also had a profound sense of compassion and a desire to right the

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Posted by: Angie Chung - Mahwah, NJ - Friend   Sep 21, 2021

I am saddened to hear of Richard's passing. As a senior colleague and established scholar, Richard was generous with his time for junior researchers and students. When I joined the department in 2013, Richard invited me for a lunch off campus and over the lunch, I learned how acknowledgeable he was as our conversation covered topics from family to international affairs. Since then, we had had regular lunch to share thoughts and catch up. I will never forget his generosity and intellect and he will be deeply missed.


Posted by: Tse-Chuan Yang - Coworker   Sep 21, 2021

Richard was a distinguished scholar, a great humanist, a brilliant mind, a wonderful father and husband and a great cousin. We spent a lot of time together in our youth and I lived him for his intelligence, his wit and his dry sense of humor.


Posted by: Alan Friedman - New York, NY - Family   Sep 21, 2021

I was in a denial about the devastating loss of our brilliant, kind, funny professor Richard Lachmann. He was the advisor who would always be there to listen, to talk about, to give advice and assistance in my PhD life. I was very fortunate to have worked with him in the past 8 years and hope that I can carry on his spirit in one way or another.


Posted by: Cecilia Li - New York, NY - Student   Sep 21, 2021

I am deeply saddened by Richard's unexpected passing. He was an incredible colleague, mentor, and scholar. I remember fondly when my family and I moved to UAlbany in 2008, Richard and Lyn had us over to their home for brunch. Richard always went out of his way for others, and we will miss him dearly. My sincerest condolences to Lyn and his family.


Posted by: Samantha Friedman - Albany, NY - Coworker   Sep 21, 2021

I feel very fortunate to have Richard as my mentor. The sheer idea of having him there was comforting for me as a young student in a foreign country with a foreign language. Sometimes I do wonder how this brilliant scholar could also be such a warm, kind, and generous person, always giving to others. I hope Richard knows how much it means to me and how much I appreciate him.


Posted by: Zhifan Luo - Student   Sep 21, 2021

Richard's rare combination of a keen intellect and a kind heart made him a wonderful colleague, mentor, and friend. I am so glad that I had an opportunity to get to know him. Thank you, Richard. It won't be the same without you.


Posted by: Brandon Gorman - Coworker   Sep 21, 2021

I was reading Richard's book State and Power when I was hesitating whether I should apply for a Ph.D. degree in the U.S. in 2015. The book convinced me to send my application to UAlbany and then I met Richard in person there in 2016. In the following five years, I took four courses taught by him and finished two comp exams and a thesis proposal under his mentorship. His erudition and clarity in writing and his kindness and integrity

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Posted by: Yimang Zhou - Student   Sep 21, 2021