Yeshiva University Mourns the Passing of Dr. Adrienne Asch, Prolific Scholar and Engaged Activist

School: YU; Categories: Faculty, Portrait; Event: new faculty portraits (05-06); Keywords: studio portraits; ID: Adrienne Asch;Dr. Adrienne Asch, director of the Center for Ethics at Yeshiva University and the Edward and Robin Milstein Professor of Bioethics, passed away on the morning of November 19.

Asch taught courses at Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Cardozo School of Law, and Albert Einstein College of Medicine on bioethics, reproductive rights, professional ethics, and disability. She was a prolific scholar and engaged activist. Her sharp mind and her love of ideas will be sorely missed by her colleagues at Yeshiva University.

Asch’s work focused on the ethical, political, psychological and social implications of human reproduction and the family. She authored numerous articles and book chapters and was the co-editor of Prenatal Testing and Disability Rights and The Double-Edged Helix: Social Implications of Genetics in a Diverse Society.

Asch received her doctorate in social psychology from Columbia University and was a member of the board of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities; the Clinton Task Force on Health Care Reform; and the Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications Policy Planning Group of the National Human Genome Research Institute. She was a board member of the Society of Jewish Ethics and the American Civil Liberties Union, a fellow at the Hastings Center and a member of the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law.

“Adrienne and I both began our tenure at YU in 2005,” said Dr. Carmen Ortiz Hendricks, the Dorothy and David I. Schachne Dean of Wurzweiler. “We frequently collaborated and she wanted very much to establish a biomedical ethics certificate within the MSW program. Adrienne was brilliant. She was trying to finish her book on reproductive rights before her impending death. She will be missed by many friends and colleagues.”