The entire Bennington community mourns the death of faculty member Steven Bach, who passed away on March 25, 2009, after a brief illness. An acclaimed writer and filmmaker, Steven began teaching at Bennington in 1999.
"Writer, teacher, filmmaker, raconteur, friend—he became a beloved presence in this community almost immediately upon coming to Bennington," said President Elizabeth Coleman. "The range of his life from Hollywood studio head to writer and teacher was particularly expressive of the values of this College. And we will miss him sorely."
As former senior vice president and head of worldwide productions at United Artists, Steven was centrally involved in the making of such films as Raging Bull, Apocalypse Now, and Woody Allen's Manhattan, among dozens of others, in addition to writing the story of United Artists' undoing, Final Cut. A critically acclaimed author, his biographies of Marlene Dietrich, Moss Hart, and Leni Riefenstahl were all listed as notable books by The New York Times.
A memorial celebration of Steven's life and work will be held on Sunday, May 17, at 2 pm in the Student Center.
Read Steven's obituary in The New York Times.