JOHN M. MURRIN, a history professor who published scores of essays exploring American Colonial and Revolutionary history, died May 2 of complications from COVID-19. He was 84. Murrin co-wrote the popular American history textbook Liberty, Equality, Power and taught at Princeton for 30 years, transferring to emeritus status in 2003. He chaired the coordinating committee of the Princeton-based Papers of Thomas Jefferson. His final book, Rethinking America: From Empire to Republic, published in 2018, collected essays about the American Revolution, the Constitution, and the early republic.
THOMAS ROCHE JR., the Murray Professor of English, emeritus, died May 3 in Beachwood, Ohio, at age 89. Roche, who joined the faculty in 1961, specialized in epic and Renaissance poetry and was a leading scholar of 16th-century poet Edmund Spenser. He mentored colleagues in his more than four decades on the English faculty and shared his love of Shakespeare with students by participating in productions of the Princeton Shakespeare Company.
HANNA HAND, whose work as a staff member and volunteer at the Davis International Center spanned more than 45 years, died April 27 from complications related to COVID-19. She was 85. Hand helped to pair international students and scholars with host families and assisted spouses and partners in adjusting to life at Princeton