THEODORE RABB
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RABB--Theodore K., died peacefully on Monday, January 7th, 2019, at age 81. He is survived by his wife, Tamar Rabb, his children, Susannah Bailin, Jonathan Rabb and Jeremy Rabb, his five grandchildren, and his sister, Judith Tapiero. Over a 45-year career, he taught Renaissance history at Stanford, Northwestern, Harvard and then Princeton, where, for the final 40 years, he was a member of the history department. The author of many books, he co-founded The Journal of Interdisciplinary History, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. He served on the boards of The Hebrew University and Save Venice, and chaired the National Council for History Education and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. He took great pleasure in initiating and directing the Princeton University - Community College Partnership, which enhanced the professional development of community college faculty. In 1993, his television series Renaissance was nominated for an Emmy. He was a frequent contributor to The TLS, The New York Times and The Art Newspaper, among others. Above all, he was a great champion of his many students whose careers he helped to shape. He was a loving inspiration to his family.


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Published in New York Times on Jan. 11, 2019.
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February 7, 2019
Ted was my colleague at Princeton for many years, and he and Tamar were unforgettable friends to me and my late wife, Doris. Ted was a man of depth and wisdom, whose memory I cherish.
Lewis Lockwood
January 13, 2019
Long after youth but somewhat before present!
My memories of Theodore are from the 1950s, when we were both teenagers in London. We have met but rarely since then, separated by life and, often, by the ocean. But I have always remembered our friendship with affection, and never entirely forgotten our affection for each other during our stimulating teen years. I wish the family well.
Josephine Novak
January 11, 2019
What a wonderful friend and colleague we had in Ted Rabb. We sat enthralled at his lectures on early modern Europe and marveled at how he brought the past to life through his interdisciplinary approach and his use of art. He teamed up with Mark Cohen and me to found a course on the Jews in early modern Europe, and brought his learning and imaginative insight to that adventure. He was a pioneer among us historians in his outreach toward the wider community, creating text books and TV shows that appealed to an audience beyond the university. Always he had that wondrous smile of warm greeting and a delicious and wise irony, seasoned by the many worlds he had known from Prague to Princeton. I mourn the loss of dear Ted, and send all my sympathies to Tamar and her children.
Natalie Zemon Davis
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