Transitions: Alexander Doty, Expert on Gay Culture, Dies at 58

August 13, 2012


Alexander Doty, a professor and chair of Indiana University at Bloomington's department of communication and culture, died on August 5 of injuries he sustained when he was hit by a motorcycle while on vacation in Bermuda. He was 58. He wrote on queer film theory and gay culture, including the books Making Things Perfectly Queer (1993) and Flaming Classics (2000).

John Keegan, a British military historian, died on August 2 in England at age 78. He was a senior lecturer at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst for more than 25 years before he became a journalist for The Telegraph in 1986. He wrote and edited more than 20 books on the subject of war, the best known being The Face of Battle (1976).

Roy S. Bryce-Laporte, who became the first director of Yale University's African-American studies program in 1969, died in Maryland on July 30 at age 78. He was a professor of sociology and anthropology emeritus at Colgate University, which he joined in 1989. Born in Panama, he studied the immigration of blacks of various cultural groups to the United States.

E. Arthur Trabant, who was the University of Delaware's 22nd and 24th president, died in Delaware on July 20 at the age of 92. He led the institution from 1968 to 1987 and again from 1988 to 1990.

Paul W. McCracken, a professor emeritus of business administration, economics, and public policy at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, died on August 3 in Ann Arbor at the age of 96. He was chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers for President Nixon.