Nathan Glazer, Harvard Sociologist and Intellectual, Dies at Age 95

Updated On 20 Jan, 2019 Published On

Nathan Glazer, a Harvard sociologist and outspoken intellectual best known for rising neoconservatism in the 1970s, has died. He was 95.

His daughter, Sarah Glazer Khedouri, confirmed his death, saying her father passed away at his home in Cambridge on Saturday, January 19.

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Nathan was also a contributor to The Lonely Crowd (1950) which was one of the popular social science works in the postwar years. Additionally, he was also a co-author of Beyond the Melting Pot (1963).

Dr. Glazer, who was also a writer and editor, published nearly 20 books in his life. The most representative title he created was 1988's The Limits of Social Policy.

His 1975 book, Affirmative Discrimination, clearly stated the neoconservative view on the latter issue. In the book, he wrote of the need to "reestablish the simple and clear understanding that rights attach to the individual, not the group".

He also wrote in the book that "public policy must be exercised without distinction of race, color, or national origin".

Dr. Glazer was once married to writer Ruth Gay. He is survived by his second wife, Sulochana Glazer; three daughters, Sarah, Sophie and Elizabeth; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for the late sociologist will be announced in the coming days. Rest in Peace Nathan Glazer!

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