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X-Posted from H-NET List for African History and Culture <H-AFRICA@H-NET.MSU.EDU> From: Joyce Youmans <youmans@MAIL.H-NET.MSU.EDU> _________ From: "Woodson, Dorothy" <email@example.com> Date: Fri, May 7, 2010 9:45 am Dear Colleagues, Students and Friends, It is with deep sadness that I announce the death of David Apter, a beloved colleague, professor emeritus of political science and sociology at Yale, and former Chair of the Yale Council on African Studies (CAS) whose energy and contributions to CAS continue to shape African Studies at Yale. David Apter passed on Tuesday, May 4, 2010, at his home in New Haven, CT. He was 85 years old; he had been suffering from cancer. Arrangements are pending. Apter was one of the pioneers of African studies and played a central role in articulating a vision for the study of Africa at Yale, Northwestern University, The University of Chicago, the University of California, Berkeley, and beyond. He was widely known for his interdisciplinary work in comparative politics and sociology. An accomplished scholar, institutional leader, a prolific writer and researcher, he trained many generations of scholars and policy-makers and will be sorely missed. We hope to join the Yale community to celebrate the life and accomplishments of David - our David. We will keep you informed as we learn more details of the date and time of the memorial event. Kamari Clarke, Professor of Anthropology Chair, Yale Council on African Studies