In Memorium: Michael Mendelson, Ph.D.

May 12, 1956 - November 29, 2016

The members of the Philosophy Department are deeply saddened to announce the death of our dear colleague.  Professor Michael Mendelson was an internationally-recognized Augustine scholar and a most valued teacher of the history of philosophy. He was a kind, gentle, and generous man with a sly, dark sense of humor, capacious philosophical knowledge, and inexhaustible interest in philosophical discussion. Students flocked to his courses on Hellentistic philosophy, Eastern philosophy, modern philosophy, the philosophy of music, medieval philosophy, 19th-century German idealism, the darkness called death, philosophy of horror films, and others, not only because of the interesting course content, but also because his own intellectual honesty, quirky perspective, and unflagging encouragement of and interest in them opened personal and intellectual possibilities and affirmed their quests to find their own thoughts and voices as philosophers. Whether in the weekly faculty seimnar, in the department lounge, on the patio, on the Philosphy Cottage steps, or on the sidewalk in the rain, Michael loved to discuss philosophy with students and colleagues. He will be sorely missed.

Michael Mendelson received his B.A from the University of Massachusetts and his M.A and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of California, San Diego. He joined the Lehigh faculty in 1995 and was in the process this semester of transitioning to retirement.