The Passing of Professor Cindy R. Lobel

We are sad to announce the passing of Professor Cindy R. Lobel (GC, Liberal Studies/Lehman, History), our dear alumna (Ph.D. ’03) and CUNY colleague. She will be especially missed by those in the Ph.D. Program in History who had the pleasure of teaching her, learning with her, and attending her annual teaching workshops and her presentations at the Alumni Career Event in 2015 and the Alumni Publications night in 2017.

After completing her dissertation with Professor Carol Berkin (GC/Baruch, History) who was her adviser, she held the Andrew W. Mellon postdoctoral fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society. She had two one-year visiting assistant professor positions, one at Barnard College and the other at Connecticut College, before joining the faculty at Lehman College in 2005.

She taught regularly in the Macaulay Honors College and was appointed to The Graduate Center Master’s in Liberal Studies faculty. She was a devoted teacher and shared her historical expertise with many New York museums and educational initiatives. She was the membership secretary of Urban History Association, which posted a remembrance on the Metropole blog.

Her first book, Urban Appetites: Food and Culture in Nineteenth-Century New York, won the Dixon Ryan Fox Best Manuscript Prize in 2013. “It was immediately recognized as a critically important book by academics,” Presidential Professor Carol Berkin (GC/Baruch, History) said in an obituary that ran in The New York Times

She was working on a popular biography of Catherine Beecher and a monograph focusing on Thomas Downing, the African-American oyster mogul and civil rights activist.

She leaves behind her husband Peter, her sons Jonah and Ben, her mother Kaaren and her sisters Jodi, Susan, and Debbie. Peter Kafka, her husband, has announced a memorial service at The Lovinger Theatre at Lehman College (250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx NY 10468) on Saturday, October 13. Service at 1:00 p.m.; reception to follow.

Read Professor Lobel's obituary in The New York Times here

Submitted on: OCT 9, 2018

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