Richard  Lachmann

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“Immense loss for Richard's family and sociological community all over the world. He was an excellent scholar and even better human being. ”
1 of 44 | Posted by: Sinia Maleevi - Dublin, Ireland

“Richard was a dear friend and colleague for four decades, since our days in grad school together at Harvard in the late 1970s and 1980s. He never...Read More »
2 of 44 | Posted by: Margaret Somers - ANN ARBOR, MI

“What a loss! Richard was such a wonderful human being, and he was in the middle of so many fascinating projects. We'll miss him greatly. ”
3 of 44 | Posted by: Joel Andreas - Baltimore, MD

“Professor Lachmann shaped my major intellectual interests during the years I studied in SUNY Albany. His works have greatly informed my understanding...Read More »
4 of 44 | Posted by: Jing Li - Hangzhou - Student

“My deepest sympathy is with the loving family of Richard. I was so surprised and deeply saddened when I heard the sad news. As a scholar, Richard is...Read More »
5 of 44 | Posted by: Muyang Li - Toronto - Student

“I was very shocked and saddened by the departure of Professor Richard Lachmann. I was not a close student of Prof. Lachmann's, but he was still...Read More »
6 of 44 | Posted by: Kenneth Han Chen - Student

“Richard was one of my professors in graduate school and I am grateful for all that I learned from him during that time. He had such sharp analyses of...Read More »
7 of 44 | Posted by: Carolyn Corrado - LAKEVILLE, CT

“I was so shocked and heartbroken when I heard about this unbelievable news. I was very lucky to have the historical sociology course with him in the...Read More »
8 of 44 | Posted by: Fan Wang - Albany, NY - Student

“It was like yesterday when I was in my first year with little sociology background but still enjoyed your theory class so much. You were just so kind...Read More »
9 of 44 | Posted by: Feinuo Sun - Halifax - Student

“I was so much saddened to learn of Professor Richard Lachmann's passing. He was my dissertation chair and my mentor throughout the many years of my...Read More »
10 of 44 | Posted by: Rakkoo Chung - Rensselaer, NY

“I am deeply sadden by the news of Richard's passing. He was my professor in Grad School and the Chair of my dissertation, situations in which I...Read More »
11 of 44 | Posted by: Anibal Gauna - Lima, Peru

“I am deeply sadden by the news of Richard's passing. He was my professor in Grad School and the Chair of my dissertation, situations in which I...Read More »
12 of 44 | Posted by: Aníbal Gauna - Lima, Peru

“Richard was my professor a few years ago. I cannot express the sadness of hearing the news of his passing. Although it has been years, and kilometers...Read More »
13 of 44 | Posted by: Susana Muniz - Mexico, NY

“What a beautiful humble soul & spirit. We were in the same elementary school class from 2nd thru 6th grade. We affectionately called ourselves “...Read More »
14 of 44 | Posted by: Michael - Friend

“It is hard to believe that Richard has passed. He and I worked together for the Political Sociology Section. He helped me quite a bit while I was...Read More »
15 of 44 | Posted by: Thomas Janoski - Lexington, KY

“I was very fortunate to be Richard's student and mentee. He cared about teaching sociology as much as he cared about the well-being of his students....Read More »
16 of 44 | Posted by: Lourdes Aguas - ALBANY, NY

“I am so sad to hear about the passing of Prof.Lachmann. I first met him in 2014 in a political sociology workshop in China. Through the years, I...Read More »
17 of 44 | Posted by: Bolun Zhang - San Diego, CA

“I am shocked at the news of Prof. Lachmann's passing. He just replied to my email on August 31, 2021 and wrote an article discussing the 9/11 several...Read More »
18 of 44 | Posted by: Huidong Peng - Student

“I can't express how heartbroken I am to hear of Professor Richard Lachmann's passing. When I saw the book he put in my mailbox at the beginning of...Read More »
19 of 44 | Posted by: Yi Lu - Albany, NY - Student

“Richard was one of the great, original political and comparative historical sociologists of our generation. His work was searching, well-argued and...Read More »
20 of 44 | Posted by: Craig Calhoun - Paradise Valley, AZ

“After graduate school, Richard really acted as an early career mentor for me as I tried to navigate the world of sociology. He would always reach out...Read More »
21 of 44 | Posted by: Michael A McCarthy - Milwaukee, WI

“This is very sad news indeed. I feel for your family, Richard: you were taken from them before your time and that is especially hard. And you were...Read More »
22 of 44 | Posted by: John Hall - Santa Cruz, CA

“Words can't express how sad I am that Richard has left us. I don't remember when I first met Richard numerous years ago, but I'm sure he reached out...Read More »
23 of 44 | Posted by: Anne Kane - Bay City, MI - Friend

“I met Richard when he was a graduate student at Harvard. I remember him as a very sweet man, but also as having a really brilliant, original mind. He...Read More »
24 of 44 | Posted by: Ann Swidler - Berkeley, CA

“I consider myself very fortunate of having Richard as professor and mentor. I know that many of my views, work and writings are better today because...Read More »
25 of 44 | Posted by: Roberto Vélez - New Paltz, NY

“Richard was an incredible scholar and a wonderful advisor. He was always supportive and encouraging, willing to listen and help out. I was so...Read More »
26 of 44 | Posted by: Yuemin Li - Albany, NY - Student

“I was saddened to hear of the passing of Professor Lachman. He was a very thoughtful, pleasant and personable man. My condolences to his beloved...Read More »
27 of 44 | Posted by: Marcia Sutherland - Latham, NY

“The Department of Sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University at Albany mourns the loss of one of our most esteemed colleagues,...Read More »
28 of 44 | Posted by: Jeanette Altarriba - Albany, NY

“Richard was a wonderful human being. Incredibly kind, thoughtful, and generous, on top of being hugely intelligent as well. Richard served as my...Read More »
29 of 44 | Posted by: Benjamin Abrams - United Kingdom

“I grew up in New York City sharing the annual viewing of the Thanksgiving Day parade with my cousins, Richard, David and Susan, from the window of...Read More »
30 of 44 | Posted by: ANITA FRIEDMAN - Arlington, VA

“It was truly a privilege to learn from Dr. Lachmann as a graduate student. He was an extraordinary scholar with a brilliant mind a kind heart. I...Read More »
31 of 44 | Posted by: Mayuko Nakatsuka - New York, NY

“I never had the privilege of meeting Professor Lachmann. As a fellow sociologist studying history and politics, I knew him only from his books,...Read More »
32 of 44 | Posted by: Steven Pfaff Pfaff - Seattle, DC

“Words cannot express my deep sorrow in hearing about Richard's passing. Although he was a colleague and a mentor for me for the past 20 years,...Read More »
33 of 44 | Posted by: Angie Chung - Mahwah, NJ - Friend

“I am saddened to hear of Richard's passing. As a senior colleague and established scholar, Richard was generous with his time for junior researchers...Read More »
34 of 44 | Posted by: Tse-Chuan Yang - Coworker

“Richard was a distinguished scholar, a great humanist, a brilliant mind, a wonderful father and husband and a great cousin. We spent a lot of time...Read More »
35 of 44 | Posted by: Alan Friedman - New York, NY

“I was in a denial about the devastating loss of our brilliant, kind, funny professor Richard Lachmann. He was the advisor who would always be there...Read More »
36 of 44 | Posted by: Cecilia Li - New York, NY

“I am deeply saddened by Richard's unexpected passing. He was an incredible colleague, mentor, and scholar. I remember fondly when my family and I...Read More »
37 of 44 | Posted by: Samantha Friedman - Albany, NY

“I feel very fortunate to have Richard as my mentor. The sheer idea of having him there was comforting for me as a young student in a foreign country...Read More »
38 of 44 | Posted by: Zhifan Luo - Student

“Richard's rare combination of a keen intellect and a kind heart made him a wonderful colleague, mentor, and friend. I am so glad that I had an...Read More »
39 of 44 | Posted by: Brandon Gorman - Coworker

“I was reading Richard's book State and Power when I was hesitating whether I should apply for a Ph.D. degree in the U.S. in 2015. The book convinced...Read More »
40 of 44 | Posted by: Yimang Zhou - Student

“I was so heartbroken to hear of Richard's passing. I have worked with him in the sociology department at the University at Albany for the past 15...Read More »
41 of 44 | Posted by: Joanne Kaufman - Albany, NY

“Richard was one of my professors and I learned so much from him. I will always remember him and cherish. the impact he had on my life and career. He...Read More »
42 of 44 | Posted by: Dalia Abdelhady - Lund, Sweden

“Richard was a wonderful colleague and friend and a superb intellectual. He will be greatly missed. ”
43 of 44 | Posted by: Richard Alba - New Lebanon, NY

“Richard and I took seminars together while graduate students at Harvard University in the 1970s. We continued to remain friends, having brief but...Read More »
44 of 44 | Posted by: Jeffrey Broadbent - Minneapolis, MN


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Richard William Lachmann, age 65, of New York, NY, died in the early morning of September 19, 2021 of a heart attack. He was born on May 17, 1956 in New York City, the oldest son of Karl Lachmann and Lotte (Becker) Lachmann, who fled the Nazi regime in their native Germany. Richard grew up in Queens and graduated from the United Nations International School in 1974. He then attended Princeton University, where he skipped a year and graduated in 1977 majoring in sociology and European Cultural Studies. There, he met the love of his life, Arlyn Miller, and the two of them moved to Madison, Wisconsin after their wedding in 1983, the same year he received his Ph.D. in sociology at Harvard University.

Richard was an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin—Madison from 1983 to 1990 and then professor at the University at Albany, State University of New York from then until his death. The author of multiple award-winning books and articles, he mentored students and young sociologists all over the world, teaching courses and workshops in Portugal, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, and China. His books have been translated into nearly a dozen languages.

Richard had many extracurricular interests. With Arlyn, he traveled throughout the world, enjoyed the cuisines he encountered there, and wrote reviews for travel blogs. He was a regular at independent film showings and off-Broadway theater when he moved full-time to New York City in 2015. Arlyn, an author of books for young readers, chronicled on her blog his decision to move to the city of his birth. His greatest pride, though, was his two children, and he appreciated working in a profession that allowed him to play an active role in their lives and more recently in the lives of his grandchildren.

Richard is survived by his spouse, Arlyn Miller-Lachmann; his children Derrick and Madeleine Lachmann and Derrick's spouse Lindsey (Steck) Lachmann; his twin grandchildren, Jonah and Reed Lachmann; his mother Lotte (Becker) Lachmann; his aunt, Ruth Becker; and his brother, David Lachmann. He was predeceased by his father, Karl Lachmann, and his sister, Susan Lachmann.

Funeral services will be held at Greenwich Village Funeral Home at 10 am on September 23, 2021. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to City Harvest or the New York Public Library.