Prof. Lenard Berlanstein Dies
The Corcoran Department of History is saddened to announce the death of Lenard Berlanstein, Commonwealth Professor of History, Emeritus.
Lenny was a devoted teacher, nurturing undergraduates and graduate students alike. His courses ranged from the history of France to celebrity culture and the history of sexuality; his doctoral students wrote on topics ranging from the history of the Cité Universitaire to the history of photography. Lenny was also a central, and much-beloved, figure in the lives of several generations of French historians. For many years, he served as the Executive Director of the Society for French Historical Studies, the main professional association for French historians in the US. He oversaw the operation of a journal, an annual meeting, a slew of prizes and grants, and the shape and state of the field more generally. He never missed a meeting. And it seems especially fitting that in one of the last meetings before his retirement, he won the prize for the best article of the year in French history--for an article on French feminism that was to be the foundation of a book that he did not live long enough to write but that once again showed him venturing into new and exciting historical territory.
Lenny had a modest, calm, and unpretentious manner that shone through when he shared his deep wisdom. His generosity was legendary. He wrote beautiful, concise prose that needed no jargon or artificial embellishments, a prose whose inner self reflected authenticity, sincerity, and imagination: a quiet prose that remains with you long after you turn the last page.
Services will be held in Baltimore at Sol Levinson & Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road, at Mount Wilson Lane, on Thursday, February 28, at 12 Noon; interment at Beth El Memorial Park, Randallstown. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to the University of Virginia Alumni Association, PO Box 400314, Charlottesville, VA 22904. In mourning at 6319 Canter Way, Baltimore, MD 21212, Thursday and Friday. Further information may be found at: http://www.sollevinson.com/notice.php?id=24156.