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Irving L. Horowitz

Funeral services and burial are Friday 1:30 p.m. at Princeton Cemetery. The period of mourning will be observed Friday through Tuesday from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Horowitz residence. A memorial service will be held at a later date, and information will be provided well in advance. Funeral arrangements are by Orland's Ewing Memorial Chapel, 1534 Pennington Rd., Ewing Township.

Irving Louis Horowitz passed away in Princeton, NJ, on March 21, 2012, after complications related to emergency heart surgery on Feb. 26. Born in 1929 in New York City, he received a BSS from New York's City College, an MA from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Buenos Aires, followed by a post doctoral fellowship at Brandeis University. At his death, he was Hannah Arendt Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Political Science at Rutgers University. Dr. Horowitz was also chairman of the board and editorial director of Transaction Publishers and chairman of the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy. Dr. Horowitz's academic career was long and varied, beginning with an associate professorship at the University of Buenos Aires and then at Bard College. He was chairman of the sociology department at Hobart and William Smith College before moving on to Washington University in St. Louis in 1963, where he was instrumental in the founding of Transaction magazine. In 1969, he joined the graduate faculty of Rutgers University, where he served as chairman of the Livingston College sociology department until 1973. In 1979, he was named the Hannah Arendt Distinguished Professor of Social and Political Theory. He served as a visiting professor at numerous universities throughout the world and was a member of many professional associations, including the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Horowitz received many awards for his contributions to public life. He was a prolific writer. Dr. Horowitz's first published work (in 1952) was in philosophy, and his first book was "The Renaissance Philosophy of Giordano Bruno." He has published nearly 50 books, many of which appeared in translation and multiple editions, as well as hundreds of articles and essays. Subjects ranged from political theory ("Radicalism and the Revolt Against Reason," recently reissued, and "Behemoth: Main Currents in the History and Theory of Political Sociology") to academic affairs and public policy ("The Rise and Fall of Project Camelot," "Ideology and Utopia in the United States") to publishing ("Communicating Ideas, Publishing as a Vocation"). He edited 11 volumes of "Cuban Communism" and is widely regarded as the authoritative voice on the subject. His most recent work, just published, is "Hannah Arendt: Radical Conservative." Three major articles will be published in the next few months. Irving Louis Horowitz left two major institutions that he was instrumental in creating and developing, Transaction Publishers, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year, and The Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy, now entering its 15th year. He was chairman of the board and editorial director of Transaction. His letters and papers that date back to the founding of Transaction have been contributed to the Paterno Libraries of The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Horowitz is survived by his wife, Mary Curtis Horowitz.

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Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Center for Jewish History (YIVO) in New York City or the Rutgers University Foundation.

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