Bjelovucic, who joined the history department in 1961 and
taught until her retirement in 1988, died at age 79 from
complications following surgery. As a professor, her major
interests were in early modern Europe and the Balkans; she
taught courses in early modern history, in the history of
the Middle East and in womens history. Mrs.
B to legions of her students, she was immensely popular
with undergraduates and devoted much time to Phi Alpha Theta,
the National History Honors Society.
playwright, director and actress Vinnette Carroll, who received
her B.A. at the Brooklyn Campus in 1944, died at the age
of 80. Her plays include Your Arms Too Short to Box
with God and Dont Bother Me, I Cant
Cope. She won an Emmy Award and an Obie Award and
was inducted into the Black Film Makers Hall of Fame. In
1967, she founded the Urban Arts Corps in New York City,
which sought to assist minority performers in all theatrical
Gin-Chen, a 2001 graduate with distinction of the computer
science masters program, died in an accident on Christmas
morning when he fell on the subway tracks while crossing
between cars on a train. He had worked in the Anatomy and
Cell Biology Laboratory at SUNY/Downtown Medical Center.
adjunct professor of journalism for 16 years, Alexander
Oliver died at age 72. A Korean War veteran, he pursued
a career in the advertising industry and became one of the
first African-American creative directors, teaching at the
Brooklyn Campus after his retirement.