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The College’s New Chief Social Worker

Being dean of student affairs in Yale College comes with its share of drama: student drinking, disciplinary proceedings, feuding a cappella groups. But Marichal Gentry, who just took over the job from 20-year incumbent Betty Trachtenberg, has seen worse. He spent nearly six years as a social worker with the pediatric bone marrow transplant program at Duke University Medical Center, and that helps keep things in perspective: “When I’m working with a student, I say to myself, ‘Is this one of those life-and-death situations that I used to deal with, where parents are saying goodbye to their kid?’”

“I like to see people who dream big.”

Gentry, 43, comes to Yale from Middlebury College, where he was associate dean of student affairs, then associate dean of the college. A native of Tennessee, he attended college at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. After a few years in banking and a tour of duty in admissions at Sewanee, he got his master of social work degree from the University of North Carolina.

Having spent eight years working with students at an elite college, he is not given to hand-wringing about the current generation of driven, competitive students known as “millennials”: “I like to see people who dream big—not to the detriment of their health or well-being, but people who are focused and are able to visualize and create things. I think that’s what education is all about. The opposite would make for a more boring campus.”



Henry W. Broude, who taught economics at Yale for more than 50 years and served as an adviser to three Yale presidents, died of cancer on January 15 in Branford, Connecticut, at the age of 81. Broude, the Philip G. Bartlett Professor Emeritus of Economics and History, came to Yale in 1954. He was director of academic planning from 1963 to 1972 and adviser to the president from 1972 to 1992. “His discretion and loyalty generated the great affection and trust not just of presidents but of countless friends and colleagues,” said President Richard Levin. Broude is survived by his wife, Josephine.

Norma Lytton, who was associate master of Jonathan Edwards College from 1987 to 1997, died on July 28 at her home in New Haven. She was 70 years old. Lytton, an artist and longtime docent and researcher at the Center for British Art, was married for 44 years to Bernard Lytton, Donald Guthrie Professor Emeritus of Surgery. Bernard became founding director of the Koerner Center for Emeritus Faculty in 2001; he and others credit Norma with a major role in making the center a success. She was well known in many different parts of Yale, and her funeral at the Slifka Center was standing room only. Besides her husband, she is survived by four children and six grandchildren.



Sociologist Elijah Anderson, who is noted for his influential studies of urban black communities, has left the University of Pennsylvania to become the William K. Lanman Jr. Professor of Sociology at Yale. Anderson, 62, is the author of A Place on the Corner, a 1978 study of the denizens of a Chicago bar and liquor store. More recently, he has examined black culture in Philadelphia in works such as Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City.

Shelly C. Lowe has been appointed assistant dean of Yale College and the first full-time director of the Native American Cultural Center. (Previously, one assistant dean oversaw the Native American and Latino centers.) Lowe comes to Yale from the University of Arizona, where she is completing a doctorate in higher education. She was facilitator of Arizona's American Indian studies program for six years.  the end


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