- Ann T. Keene
Riesman, David (22 September 1909–10 May 2002), sociologist, was born David Riesman, Jr., in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of David Riesman and his wife, Eleanor Fleisher Riesman. The elder Riesman, who had emigrated from Germany as a youth, was a physician and a professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The Riesmans were financially comfortable, and young David grew up in a household that valued intellectual pursuits. At the William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia he was an excellent student, and upon graduation in 1926 he entered Harvard; there he majored in biochemistry with the intention of pursuing a medical career and had the distinction of being named a John Harvard Scholar. He also joined the staff of the ...