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Bernard Lefkowitz, SOA Professor and Author, Dies

Bernard Lefkowitz, who taught undergraduate creative writing for a decade at Columbia's School of the Arts, died May 21 after a long illness. He was 66 years old.

Lefkowitz was an accomplished investigative journalist and author whose 1997 book "Our Guys: The Glen Ridge Rape and the Secret Life of the Perfect Suburb" was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and an Edgar Award finalist. It also was made into a television movie. The book examined the 1989 gang rape of a mentally disabled girl by a group of popular high school students in New Jersey.

Lefkowitz grew up in Brooklyn and attended Stuyvesant High School and City College in Manhattan before working for the New York Post in the 1960s as a reporter and assistant city editor. In the late 1960s, he left the Post to work for the Peace Corps in Washington . About this time, he began to write books, including "The Living Victims," which was co-authored with Kenneth Gross and won an Edgar Award.

In 1990 Lefkowitz joined Columbia's faculty; he also taught at City College and Duke University.

Published: June 18, 2004
Last modified: Jan 10, 2005

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