In Memoriam: Vartan Gregorian, 1934-2021

April 21, 2021

The Russell Sage Foundation is saddened by the passing of Vartan Gregorian, president of Carnegie Corporation of New York, on April 15, 2021. A distinguished historian and humanities scholar and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Gregorian was serving as the twelfth president of Carnegie Corporation at the time of his death. During his tenure at Carnegie, which began in 1997, he championed the causes of education, immigration, and international peace and security. He previously served as president of Brown University and the provost of the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, he helped revitalize The New York Public Library during his presidency of the library in the 1980s. The recipient of more than 70 honorary degrees and dozens of significant awards, he was decorated by the governments of the United States, France, Italy, Austria, Armenia, and Portugal.

Reflecting Gregorian’s longstanding dedication to understanding and improving the lives of immigrants, the Carnegie Corporation and the Russell Sage Foundation collaborated on a number of research projects on immigration and civic engagement, including the jointly funded Special Initiative on Immigration and Immigrant Integration.

The Russell Sage Foundation extends its deepest sympathy to Vartan’s family and to the Carnegie Corporation for their loss.

Read the full obituary from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Read the New York Times obituary.


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