Brown University mourns Richard Holbrooke

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown University community is remembering alumnus Richard Holbrooke, who was a 1962 graduate.

Brown's Alumni Association honored him with the Roger Williams Award in 1996. The next year he received an honorary Doctor of Laws. And in 2007 he served as a professor at-large at the Watson Institute for International Studies until his presidential appointment to serve as a special envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Brown University professor James Der Derian worked with Holbrooke on a documentary. He says Holbrooke had an agile mind.

"He could really go from a whisper to a shout in about one sound bite. He had a real knack at getting inside people's heads and trying to figure them out quickly," says Der Derian. In a released statement, Brown University President Ruth Simmons said Brown will miss Holbrooke's presence and determination.

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