Robert Gutman & John R. Willis

ROBERT GUTMAN, a Princeton lecturer and influential architecture critic, died Nov. 23. He was 81. Gutman spent nearly four decades on the sociology faculty at Rutgers, and for much of that time, he also taught at Princeton as a visiting professor. In 1996, he joined Princeton’s architecture department as a lecturer, helping to incorporate social science in the teaching and practice of architecture.

JOHN R. WILLIS, professor of Near Eastern studies, emeritus, died Nov. 25 at age 69. The longtime professor whose work centered on Islam in Africa retired from teaching in 2007 after 35 years on the Princeton faculty. He served as director of the Program in African American Studies in 1972 and was the founding editor of Slavery and Abolition: A Journal of Comparative Studies.