Abraham Samuel Blumberg, 75, a sociologist who angered...


November 20, 1996

Abraham Samuel Blumberg, 75, a sociologist who angered former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover with his criticism of the agency, died Nov. 11 in San Diego after a series of strokes.

It was a 1970 classroom discussion led by Mr. Blumberg that incurred Mr. Hoover's wrath.

As a professor of social sciences at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, Mr. Blumberg and his students talked about Mr. Hoover's long tenure and the bureau's perceived reluctance to move on civil rights matters.

The FBI ordered its agents attending John Jay to quit the college. Mr. Blumberg, who had already written "Criminal Justice," a study of due process in American courts, was later appointed dean of social sciences at the college.

He served as chairman of criminal justice at the University of Missouri at Kansas City for 10 years, then taught at the University of California, San Diego, for seven years. He retired three years ago due to illness.

Leonard Feist, 87, longtime music industry executive and retired president of the National Music Publishers Association, died Monday in New York after a long illness. He was president of the Century Music and Mercury Music companies for two decades, concentrating on classical and concert music. He earned international recognition as a leader in efforts toward copyright reform while executive vice president of the National Music Publishers Association from 1955 to 1966 and then as president from 1976 to 1984.

Pub Date: 11/20/96

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