March 22, 2007 Volume 28, No. 24
Richard Trexler, noted historian, dies at age 74
Richard Trexler, 74, distinguished professor emeritus of history, died March 8 in Princeton, N.J., after suffering complications related to a kidney transplant.
Trexler, a Florentine Renaissance specialist who did his undergraduate work at Baylor University, received his doctorate in 1964 from the University of Frankfurt am Main in Germany.
He joined Binghamton’s faculty in 1978 after teaching in Texas and Illinois.
Trexler, who was named distinguished research professor of history in 1996, retired in 2003 and continued to teach part time until last year.
Karen-edis Barzman, associate professor of art history and director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, wrote an appreciation of Trexler that she shared with colleagues this week. “Trexler casts a monumental shadow over a vast academic terrain and will be missed,” she wrote.
Trexler had 20 single-authored and edited books to his credit, along with more than 60 articles appearing in anthologies and scholarly journals.
“Among the first in the 1960s in the discipline of history to draw on anthropology, he spent much of his career demonstrating how various forms of ritual in the Renaissance (from city-wide spectacles to neighborhood parades and parish festivals) structured public and private life, explaining how the repeated performance of formalized acts governed thought, shaped behavior and constituted community in the Renaissance city,” Barzman wrote.
“An entire field of study emerged from this work, which represented a radical shift with respect to the prevailing 19th-century model associated with the towering figure of Jacob Burkhardt, who had attempted to locate the origins of liberalism in the Renaissance, along with its attendant assumptions concerning individualism.
“Professor Trexler’s work made evident that selfhood in the Renaissance was caught up in notions of ‘corporatism’ or identification with groups (kin, parish, convent, confraternity) and with their collective performance of public and private ritual, more than in expressions of individual rights and autonomous agency, which belong to a later moment.
“This radical paradigm-shift continues to inform scholarship across the disciplines.”
Vincent Freimarck, professor emeritus of English, was 88
Vincent W. Freimarck, 88, professor emeritus of English, died Feb. 25 in North Carolina.
Freimarck joined Binghamton’s faculty in 1952 and retired in 1983. An expert in American and 18th-century literature, he co-edited the book Race and the American Romantics with Bernard Rosenthal.
The New York City native held a bachelor’s degree from New York University, a master’s degree from Columbia University and a doctorate from Cornell University.
Survivors include his wife, Mary C. Freimarck, a son and a daughter, three step-daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Documentary screening planned March 26
The Rape of Europa, a 117-minute documentary from Actual Films, tells the story of the systematic theft, deliberate destruction and miraculous survival of millions of works of art. It also acknowledges the heroic work of the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Section of the U.S. Army. “Monuments Men” saved tens of thousands of artworks and monuments from Hitler and the Nazis.
The film will be screened starting at 6:45 p.m. Monday, March 26, in FA-Watters Theater. President Lois B. DeFleur will present Kenneth Lindsay, professor emeritus of art history and a former “Monuments Man,” with the University Medal before the screening.
Alumnus to speak about film industry
Film director and screenwriter Marc Lawrence ’81 will visit campus Thursday, March 29, to speak to students, faculty and staff interested in the film industry, screenwriting and life after Binghamton University. An open forum will be held at 2:30 p.m. in the Anderson Center Chamber Hall.
Lawrence, who majored in English at Binghamton, dropped out of law school to become a screenwriter. His most recent project was “Music and Lyrics” starring Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore, which he wrote and directed.
He and his wife, Linda Lawrence ’83, live in Manhattan with their three children. Linda Lawrence, who teaches and performs for children in the field of creative movement education, will also attend the forum.
Grief and loss to be topic of March 29 workshop
The Employee Assistance Program will offer a program on “Grief and Loss” from noon-1 p.m. Thursday, March 29, in UUW-324.
Presenter Heather Hubeny will focus on the many ways and responses people have to loss, different methods of coping with stages of grief and the process of healing. Specific losses such as the death of a parent, child or co-worker, along with sudden or unexpected traumatic deaths, will be addressed.
For details, call 777-6655.
5k walk/run to honor fallen Marine McKenna
The Binghamton Crew Team will honor John McKenna, a Binghamton graduate, former rower and fallen Marine, with a memorial 5k run.
The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 24, in Recreation Park on Binghamton’s West Side. Participants may walk or run. Shuttle transportation from the University Union will be provided. Print a registration form from http://5k.binghamtoncrew.org.
Proceeds will go toward the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, NYS Trooper Scholarship Fund and a boat named after McKenna, who was killed in Iraq in August.