Irving Louis Horowitz, Founder of Transaction Publishers, Dies at 82

Irving Louis Horowitz, Hannah Arendt Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Political Science at Rutgers University, and founder of Transaction Publishers, passed away in Princeton, New Jersey, on March 21, 2012.

Piscataway, NJ, March 23, 2012 --( Irving Louis Horowitz passed away in Princeton, New Jersey, on March 21, 2012 after complications related to emergency heart surgery on February 26. Born in 1929 in New York City, he received a BSS from New York’s City College, an MA from Columbia University, and a PhD from the University of Buenos Aires, followed by a post doctoral fellowship at Brandeis University. At his death, he was Hannah Arendt Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Political Science at Rutgers University. Dr. Horowitz was also chairman of the board and editorial director of Transaction Publishers and chairman of the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy.

Dr. Horowitz’s academic career was long and varied, beginning with an associate professorship at the University of Buenos Aires and then at Bard College. He was chairman of the sociology department at Hobart and William Smith College, before moving on to Washington University in St. Louis in 1963, where he was instrumental in the founding of Transaction magazine. In 1969, he joined the graduate faculty of Rutgers University, where he served as chairman of the Livingston College sociology department until 1973. In 1979 he was named the Hannah Arendt Distinguished Professor of Social and Political Theory. He served as a visiting professor at numerous universities throughout the world and was a member of many professional associations, including the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Horowitz received many awards for his contributions to public life.

He was a prolific writer. Dr. Horowitz’s first published work (in 1952) was in philosophy, and his first book was The Renaissance Philosophy of Giordano Bruno. He has published nearly 50 books, many of which appeared in translation and multiple editions, as well as hundreds of articles and essays. Subjects ranged from political theory (Radicalism and the Revolt Against Reason, recently reissued, and Behemoth: Main Currents in the History and Theory of Political Sociology) to academic affairs and public policy (The Rise and Fall of Project Camelot, Ideology and Utopia in the United States) to publishing (Communicating Ideas, Publishing as a Vocation). He edited eleven volumes of Cuban Communism and is widely regarded as the authoritative voice on the subject. His most recent work, just published, is Hannah Arendt: Radical Conservative. Three major articles will be published in the next few months.

Irving Louis Horowitz left two major institutions that he was instrumental in creating and developing: Transaction Publishers, which will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary this year, and The Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy, now entering its fifteenth year. He was chairman of the board and editorial director of Transaction. His letters and papers that date back to the founding of Transaction have been contributed to the Paterno Libraries of The Pennsylvania State University.

David Riesman called Dr. Horowitz, “simply a national treasure.” William Form, former editor of the American Sociological Review, has lauded him for “making a larger contribution to fundamental theory in social development and political sociology than any individual in the profession.” Carl Gershman, president of the National Endowment for Democracy, noted “that the empire of truth and information that Transaction has built is a tremendous accomplishment.” The founder of The Free Press, Jeremiah Kaplan, identified Horowitz as “one of the most eminent social science publishers of our time.”

Dr. Horowitz is survived by his wife, Mary Curtis Horowitz. She has asked that gifts in lieu of flowers may be made to the Center for Jewish History (YIVO) in New York City or the Rutgers University Foundation. A graveside service will be held at Princeton Cemetery on Witherspoon Street this Friday, March 23 at 1:30 PM, with Rabbi Karen Kaplan officiating. A memorial service will be held at a later date, and information will be provided well in advance.
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Aileen Bryant-Allen