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Samuel McCracken, Faculty

Samuel McCracken [English 1967–71], October 4, 2013, in Newton, Massachusetts. Sam McCracken was educated at Drake University, the University of Connecticut, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and the University of London. In addition to teaching literature and humanities at Reed, he taught English at Boston University, where he served as assistant to John Silber, president and then-chancellor, from 1974 until 2005, when Sam retired. He wrote The War Against the Atom and articles for a number of periodicals, including Commentary, National Review, the New Republic, and the New York Times. “McCracken was a man of wide-ranging erudition, wit, kindly and otherwise, and prodigious memory.” Survivors include his wife, Natalie Jacobson McCracken; a son and daughter; two grandchildren; and a sister.

Appeared in Reed magazine: March 2014

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