I write to share the sad news of the passing of Alan Brinkley, Allan Nevins Professor Emeritus of American History and Provost Emeritus. Alan was one of the most beloved and deeply admired members of our community. His innate modesty belied the number and importance of his professional accomplishments. He was, I believe, the preeminent living historian examining the intersection of politics and society in twentieth-century America. Yet, even after having achieved this stature, Alan sought still more from the life he chose to live in the academy.