More news of Yale people


Harry Wellington, who was dean of the Law School from 1975 to 1985, died on August 8 of a brain tumor. He was 84. Wellington, a specialist in labor law and constitutional law, joined the Law School faculty in 1956. He retired from Yale in 1992 and became president and dean of New York Law School, where he continued teaching until 2007. His wife, Sheila Wellington ’68MPH, ’68MUS, was Secretary of Yale from 1987 to 1993.

John Morton Blum, a scholar of twentieth-century American history and a favorite lecturer of many Yale students, died on October 16 in North Branford, Connecticut. He was 90 years old. Blum served on the Yale history faculty from 1957 to 1991, achieving the rank of Sterling Professor, the university’s highest faculty honor. His scholarship focused on the Progressive Era, the New Deal, and the impact of World War II on the American homefront. A graduate of Harvard, he served as a Navy lieutenant in the South Pacific in that war before returning to Harvard for his PhD.


Elizabeth Stauderman ’83, ’04MSL, will become Yale’s chief communications officer on January 1. Stauderman has worked as deputy chief communications officer since 2010. Before that, she worked in public affairs and communications at the management, law, and divinity schools. She succeeds Thomas Mattia, who had taken the job in November 2009 after retiring as senior vice president of Coca-Cola.

The psychiatry department at the School of Medicine has appointed Andrew Solomon ’85 as a special adviser on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender mental health. Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon: an Atlas of Depression, is a lecturer in psychiatry at Weill-Cornell Medical College and a PhD candidate in psychology at the University of Cambridge. Solomon’s essay for the July/August 2010 Yale Alumni Magazine on the suicide of a Yale roommate, “To an Aesthete Dying Young,” recently won a national award from Folio:, the trade magazine of the magazine industry.  

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