Stanley Albert Wolpert
1927 - 2019
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December 23, 1927 - February 19, 2019 Wolpert, 91, author and professor, beloved husband, father and grandfather, died unexpectedly and peacefully on February 19, 2019, at the home of his son, Adam, and daughter-in-law, Katy. The son of Nathan and Frances Wolpert, he grew up in Brooklyn. He attended Brooklyn Technical High School, the New York State Maritime Academy, CCNY, and the University of Pennsylvania where he pursued South Asia studies, becoming a renowned historian of India. He published 15 books, including 4 novels, and was Editor in Chief of the Encyclopedia of India. He was the recipient of the Pell Medal, the Watamull Prize and UCLA's Distinguished Teaching and University Service awards. He served as Chairman of the UCLA Department of History and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. His devotion to teaching earned him the gratitude and affection of thousands of students over the course of his 59-year teaching career. He taught his last seminar at 90. He is survived by Dorothy, his wife of 65 years, his sons Daniel and Adam and daughters-in-law Debra and Katy, and his adored grandchildren Sam, Max and Sabine. A memorial is planned for the spring.

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Published in Los Angeles Times from Feb. 22 to Feb. 25, 2019.
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February 19, 2021
Dr Wolpert was a great noble soul. He devoted his life to studies in South Asian history, and India in particular. His authorly contributions on Gandhi and Nehru and the Indian freedom movement in general are momentous. WE in India will never forget his valuable contribution to Indian historical studies. He has earned a well-deserved place in immortality.
Dr BSM Murty
August 9, 2019
I was very saddened to read about Prof Wolpert's passing . I took a year seminar class with him and it was a wonderful and enriching experience! My wife and I have a friend, Dolores Martin, who babysat for Stanley and Dorothy. She has many fond memories and is also saddened by his passing. I was also proud to see Stanley and Dorothy s name on Human Rights activities. He will be greatly missed.
Michael Whittemore
June 17, 2019
I am Dr BSM Murty, Retd Prof of English(India).My grief is unfathomable. Dr Wolpert had inspired & enthused me in writing my biography of Rajendra Prasad:First President of India. I went &presented a copy to the UCLA International Centre. I am deeply grieved that I came to LA 3 months too late as Dr Wolpert had already expired in Feb,2019. My obituary tribute can be read on my blog -
BSM Murty
March 8, 2019
Rest in eternal.
A great loss for all
Sincerest condolences to all the family.
March 6, 2019
May his soul Rest In eternal peace.
Suhail Siddiqi
March 6, 2019
Highly grieved at sad news about my great teacher and mentor at UCLA. Dr. Wolpert got me to write a paper on "A Solution to Kashmir Problem", which is unfortunately once again the reason for yet another potential war between the two South Asian counties, which no one knew better than him. Dr. Wolpert used to go around saying: "Hamid is going to find me a solution to Kashmir and I will get him the Nobel Peace Prize". Dr. Wolpert you will be missed dearly by your family, friends and students, but you will be remembered for long because you live in our hearts. Thank you again for all your guidance and mentorship. Deepest condolences to Madam Dorthy and the family.
Hamid Afridi
February 28, 2019
My sincere condolences to Dorothy and family.
February 26, 2019
I was honored to be a member of UCLA's "Project India" teams in both 1963 and 1968. Dr. Wolpert provided us with his scholarship and wisdom as a group of 20- year-olds headed off to the exotic land of India. We were so lucky to have known him and to have been able to absorb his knowledge and enthusiasm about that wonderful country. He will be missed by so many who came into his orbit.
Lawrence Biegel
February 26, 2019
My condolences to your family for your loss. May God be your strength in this time of deep sorrow. (Psalms 18:6)
February 24, 2019
I'm deeply grieved by this great loss to historical scholarship.Dr Wolpert had written me words of enthusement when I was writing my biography of Dr Rajendra Prasad. When published I sent a complimentary copy to him. Alas, he passed away before my book reached him. I pay my respects to the noble departed soul. May it rest in peace for eternity.
February 24, 2019
I'm saddened to hear that Dr. Wolpert passed away. He was an outstanding teacher and scholar. I never had the chance to have him for a class but remember attending an excellent talk he gave at UCLA. Richard Lester
Richard Lester
February 23, 2019
An author and historian par excellence, on India and Pakistan, on which little has been written by the West. Thank-you, Sir!
Faisal Bukhari
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