In Memoriam: Irwin Oreskes

Irwin Oreskes, who served on the doctoral faculty in biochemistry until his retirement from Hunter College in 2003, died on March 1 at the age of 86. He leaves behind him generations of graduates who profited from his judicious mentoring as well as a university much enhanced by his dedicated and distinguished service. Dr. Oreskes was a proud product of New York City public education. He earned his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. at CUNY, spent much of his professional career at the university, and valued highly the educational opportunity and the doors to success a CUNY education offered to economically disadvantaged students, minorities, and immigrants. At Hunter College, where he served as professor of medical laboratory sciences, he designed and implemented the Medical Laboratory Sciences Program (MLSP), New York State’s largest clinical technology program; MLSP became a major building block for CUNY’s School of Health Sciences, where Oreskes served as dean for several years. He was, said former Hunter College President Paul LeClerc, “one of the single best faculty members I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing and working with . . . and a source of unfailingly wise counsel.” For a longer article memorializing this remarkable member of the doctoral faculty, see CUNY Newswire.

Submitted on: MAR 8, 2013

Category: Biochemistry, General GC News