From David Nasatir, July 20, 2006:
David Sudnow died early this morning following surgery for cancer at Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley.
His dissertation: "Passing On: The Social Organization of Dying in the County Hospital" did not forecast his future success.
His book: "Ways of the Hand: The Organization of Improvised Conduct" brought him considerable fame both within and outside the world of academe. In a very special way, he put reflexive sociology to work and by this effort brought a great deal of happiness to many.