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(September 27, 1936 - August 24, 2018), a well-known author and outspoken left radical historian, died peacefully at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC with his sister, Lisa, at his side. Jesse Lemisch was born to Beatrice and Tobias Lemisch on September 27, 1936, and spent his early years and then the major portion of his adult years, on the Upper West Side of New York City. After receiving a B.A. at Yale University and an M.A. in History at Columbia University, Jesse returned to Yale in 1963 to receive his Doctor of Philosophy in American Studies. In his career as an author and historian, Jesse wrote many published books and articles. He also taught at several universities, most recently as Professor Emeritus of History at John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York. Jesse's wife of more than 40 years, Naomi Weisstein (deceased March 26, 2015), a well-known feminist and neuroscientist, was the love of his life. Jesse was a beloved brother to his twin sisters, Lisa Lemisch-Lazarus and Ellen Lemisch, and uncle to Samuel Lazarus and his wife Sophie Nasr. Jesse Lemisch will be profoundly missed by his entire family, wide circle of friends, students, and professional associates. Memorial services to be announced. The Lemisch family encourages people to send stories and information about Jesse to:

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Published in New York Times on Sep. 9, 2018.
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October 1, 2018
Jesse was my teacher at the U of C and had profound influence over my life. I spent many years studying the role of seamen in Boston's coed ptior to the American Revolution as a result of the seminar I took with. His insistence os studying history from the bottom up helped shape my perspective on the world. My condolences to his family. His passing is a tremendous loss; his impact in helping us see the world differently lives on.
Joel. Shufro
September 9, 2018
I knew Jesse briefly. As a student I was a great admirer of his work, and he had a wonderful attitude toward life.
Janet Asteroff
September 9, 2018
My condolences for your loss. May fond memories and the love of family and friends comfort you during this time of sorrow. Jeremiah 29:11.
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