Goldie (Red) Burns, an arts professor who helped create New York University's laboratory for digital innovation, which trained many students for careers at new-media companies, died on August 23. She was 88. She founded the university's Interactive Telecommunications Program in 1979, served as its chair until 2010, and then became its chief collaborations officer.
James Sterling Young, a professor emeritus of government and foreign affairs at the University of Virginia and a former director of the Miller Center's Presidential Oral History Program there, died on August 8. He was 85.
Aaron M. Podolefsky, who stepped down as president of Buffalo State College on July 31 to focus on his treatment for prostate cancer, died on August 8. He was 67. He was a former president of the University of Central Missouri and a former provost of the University of Northern Iowa.
Jean Bethke Elshtain, a professor of social and political ethics at the University of Chicago's Divinity School, died of heart failure on August 11. She was 72. Among her books are Democracy on Trial and Just War Against Terror.