Jane Jacobs, 89, an author and urban theorist, died Tuesday, April 25 at her home in Toronto.
She frequently hosted students in the “Two Cities: New York and Toronto” course, taught by James Spates of the sociology department and Pat McGuire of the economics department. Her best-known book, “The Death and Life of Great American Cities,” published in 1961, was required reading for the course.
In April 2004, she was the first recipient of the College’s President’s Medal, presented by President Mark D. Gearan and three members of the HWS board of trustees: Tom Bozzuto ’68, Todd Patterson ’72, P’06 and Tom Poole ’69, P ’91.
The President’s Medal is presented to individuals for outstanding service to the community, the country and their profession, or for leadership in an academic discipline.
An editorial from the Toronto Star offers Second Thoughts About Jane Jacobs.