March 14, 2013, in New York, N.Y., at 81. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology at New York University, worked as a research fellow at Harvard, and taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia, and CUNY’s Graduate Center and Lehman College. In 2009 he received the prestigious Grawemeyer Award and an Outstanding Book Award for Passing the Torch: Does Higher Education for the Disadvantaged Pay Off Across the Generations? He is survived by his partner, Barbara Heyns, three daughters, four grandchildren, and his former wife, Marguerite.