Sidney Albert

Albert, Sidney P.
April 11, 1914 - January 9, 2013
Sidney Paul Albert, a noted authority on the life and works of George Bernard Shaw, died peacefully on January 9, 2013. He was 98 years old. Dr. Albert was professor emeritus of philosophy at Cal State LA; he organized emeriti faculty at the university and later founded the statewide emeriti faculty organization CSU-ERFA. His book, Shaw, Plato, and Euripides: Classical Currents in Major Barbara, was published in 2012 by the University Press of Florida. Dr. Albert was born April 11, 1914, in Syracuse, New York, to Gertrude and Simon Albert. He received an A.B. from Syracuse University in 1935 and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Yale University in 1939. After serving in the military, he did postdoctoral study in drama and theater under the G.I. Bill at Carnegie Tech, Northwestern, Stanford, the University of Illinois, and Columbia. His interest in Shaw's play Major Barbara was reflected in numerous lectures and papers and more than a dozen published essays. Dr. Albert was a founding member of the International Shaw Society (ISS) and helped organize and run several Shaw organizations. He amassed extensive collections of Shaw manuscripts, books, and correspondence; the Sidney P. Albert-Bernard Shaw Collection is now housed at Brown University. His sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Manny Luxenberg, passed away recently. He is survived by his sister, Beverly Cooper Silvers; his former wife, Lucy Ann Albert, and their 3 children, Vivian, Alan, and Laurence; 4 grandchildren; and his longtime friend, Elaine Amromin.
Memorial services will be held at noon on Sunday, January 13, at Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the CSULA Philosophy Dept., CSU-ERFA, or the ISS.

Published in the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 12, 2013