Adam J. Lieberman

Adam J. Lieberman died in New York City on June 27, 1997. At Dartmouth, Adam was a major contributor and writer for the Dartmouth Review. He was a cum laude English major and wrote an honors thesis under the tutelage of Prof. Donald Pease. He worked at one time for Prof. Arthur Hertzberg and lived for several semesters in the Hillel housing. At the time of his death, he was Director of Development and Media at the American Council on Science and Health in New York City. Prior to that, he had taught English at several New York City public high schools, and taught English, History and Economics at the Windsor School, a private high school in Flushing, NY. While teaching, he also had several articles published in local papers in New York and in Mother Jones on the Internet. Adam is survived by his parents, Martin and Judith Lieberman, and his brother Steven.

Paul A. Wlodkowski ’88 has this remembrance:

My many fond memories of Dartmouth are associated with making new friends during that freshman year. Adam Lieberman lived down the hall in the basement of the Topliff dormitory. One afternoon, while I was working on a set of physics problems, Adam stopped by and introduced himself. It turned out by coincidence that he was a Stuyvesant High School classmate of my roommate, Adam Rabiner. My first impression of Adam Lieberman remains vivid to this day: a mischievous smile and constantly fluttering fingertips that accentuated his distinct peripatetic manner of absorbing all surrounding details. As we began to discuss current events and campus life, Adam would seamlessly launch into a vocal political satire, setting his witty lyrics to the music of his favorite songwriter, David Bowie. I had never witnessed anything like this before! Those songs left an indelible mark, and remarkably, I still remember many of his parodies. For those who heard his compositions, Adam was truly the “Weird Al” Yankovic of our campus.

As we got to know Adam better, it became evident that he was in search of his political identity and calling. He passionately committed himself to all conservative causes by expressing his views and journalistic skills with the Dartmouth Review. Whether he was happy is another question. I understand he struggled to be accepted, and somehow I think he took solace in knowing that a number of us stood by him during difficult times as his cohort of GDIs. i.e. “goddamn independents.” Adam penned his poignant journey of self-discovery entitled “Why I Left” in Mother Jones, and I encourage all classmates and friends to read it in his honor.

Adam Lieberman was a kind soul, a good friend, and a truly gifted writer. May his memory be eternal.

1 Comment

  • Adam was very kind and smart person, who unfortunately, as he shows in his stunning article in Mother Jones http://www.motherjones.com/politics/1997/04/why-i-left got entagled with a very regressive crowd. And he did so because it was they who took him in, and we did not. And for that I feel guilty. Because the article screams; “I am very lonely”. But it was too late. The article appeared only three months before his death. And I did not know that his life turned out like that. Still, when I recall our conversations at Dartmouth, both the serious and the flippant ones, there was always a sense that Adam did not quite believe in himself and therefore put himself down whenever I tried to encourage him to something other than that at which he excelled. And he truly excelled at writing. And he was very good at giving his time to someone like me who was also an outsider in college. He filled that time with answers to questions on algebra or American politics or any other topic I was clueless about. I will remember him for that. For what is more valuable than giving that which you have so little of. And Adam, it turned, had less time than most of us.

    Johan H. Andresen 10.07.2016

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