I am sorry to share the news that Professor Paul Oppenheimer, who taught at CCNY for over 50 years, has passed away. Paul was a fixture in the English department for the years of his service, working across the mediums of poetry, expositional writing and academic criticism. Emails I’ve received from his colleagues remark on his wit, his warmth, and his commitment to clear and rigorous thinking. He was also revered for the leadership and mentoring he provided to junior colleagues over the course of his decades of service. Truly, those who work and study at CCNY’s Division of Humanities and Arts and particularly in the English Department, will feel Paul’s influence on their lives and careers for years to come.
The Department of English and the Division of Humanities and Arts are planning a service to commemorate Paul’s life and work in September, and we’ll broadly share information about that ceremony as the date approached and plans finalize.
On behalf of the college, I wish to extend our deepest condolences to all of those who loved and worked with Paul, on this campus and beyond.