Lawrence H. Fuchs

Lawrence H. Fuchs, the Meyer and Walter Jaffe Professor of American Civilization and Politics at Brandeis University, died on March 17, 201 3 at the age of 86 at his home in Canton, MA. He lived in Weston, MA for over 50 years, where he was active in town politics, the Metco program and other local humanitarian endeavors. Fuchs was born to Frances Scheiber and Alfred Fuchs in New York City, on January 29, 1927. He served in WWII as a Navy medic. During his 50 years at Brandeis University, he established himsel f as a renowned authority in the emerging field of American studies. He was a beloved teacher, mentor and dean of the faculty who chaired the American studies department for over 25 years. Fuchs was deeply committed to his family , teaching, scholarship and public service. He was the first Peace Corps director in the Philippines and Executive Director of the Select Commission on Immigration and Refugee Policy. Fuchs worked tirelessly to advance civil liberties, racial equality and human rights. He authored 10 books encompassing American political behavior, ethnicity and acculturation. Larrys wife of 42 years, Betty Corcoran Fuchs, died in October 2012. He leaves his brother, Victor; four daughters, Janet Fuchs, Frances Fuchs, Naomi Fuchs and Carole Hooven; three sons, Michael Hooven, Fred Hooven and John Hooven; nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Donations in his honor may be sent to: Jewish Family and Childrens Services, 1430 Main Street Waltham, MA 02451, ; The Human Rights Campaign, 1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington, DC, 20036, ; the Larry Fuchs Fund to support American studies at Brandeis, Brandeis University, 415 South St., Mailstop 122, Waltham, MA 02453 or online ; Facing History and Ourselves, 16 Hurd Road, Brookline, Massachusetts, 02445, USA, A public memorial service will be held at Brandeis Universitys Sherman-Hassenfeld Auditorium on April 21, 2013 at 10:30 AM.

Published in Waltham News Tribune from Mar. 29 to Apr. 5, 2013