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Scarsdale High School Grad, Princeton Polymath Carl Schorske Dies At 100

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Carl Schorske Photo Photo Credit: Vienna Review

SCARSDALE, N.Y. – Carl Schorske, the Scarsdale High School graduate who went to win a Pulitzer Prize for his historical writings on Vienna, died at his home in New Jersey on Sunday, the New York Times reported. He was 100.

Schorske was born in the Bronx on March 15, 1915 to Theodore and Gertrude Schorske, living in Scarsdale and graduating from Scarsdale High.

He graduated from Columbia and Harvard and served in the Office of Strategic Services during World War II, returning to Harvard for his Ph.D after the war.

Schorske won a Pulitzer Prize in general nonfiction in 1981 for a collection of essays on Vienna titled “Fin-de-Siècle Vienna: Politics and Culture.”

While teaching at Princeton, he was hailed for being a polymath, able to switch between subjects and discuss complex ideas easily. His teaching style earned him the honor of a Time Magazine cover in 1966.

Schorske was predeceased by his parents, wife Elizabeth and son Stephen. He is survived by his daughter Anne Edwards, three sons, Carl Theodore, John and Richard; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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