Philosophy professor DELIA GRAFF FARA died July 18 after a chronic illness. She was 48. Fara taught at Princeton from 1997 to 2001; she returned to the University as an associate professor in 2005 and was promoted to full professor in 2012. Her research focused on the philosophy of language, philosophical linguistics, philosophical logic, and metaphysics.
Professor of anthropology ISABELLE CLARK-DECÈS died from a fall June 29 in Mussoorie, India. She was 61. Clark-Decès was directing a Princeton global seminar called “At Home (And Abroad) in the Indian Himalayas” at the time of her death. She joined the faculty in 1996 and served as director of the Program in South Asian Studies since its inception in 2007. Her research focused on the Tamil people of South India and Sri Lanka.
Former professor of mathematics MARYAM MIRZAKHANI died July 14 of breast cancer. She was 40 years old. Mirzakhani was the only woman to win the Fields Medal, the most prestigious honor in mathematics. A native of Iran, she joined the Princeton faculty as an assistant professor in 2004 and was promoted to professor before moving to Stanford in 2008. Her research focused on the complexities of curved surfaces.