Jon Altschul, associate professor of philosophy at Loyola University New Orleans and Chair of the University Senate, passed away on February 25, 2016. A graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, Dr. Altschul worked mainly in epistemology and philosophy of mind. In addition to his work as a professor and senate member, Dr. Altschul also sponsored the department's Philosopher Kids program. Students who worked with Dr. Altschul on Philosopher Kids remember the excitement and humor with which he engaged the students at Good Shepherd Nativity school in conversation.
Dr. Altschul was known by his students as a thoughtful and friendly professor, someone who made himself available to his students and found joy in helping others. His colleagues remember Dr. Altschul for the intelligence, thoughtfulness, candor, and curiosity with which he led Senate meetings and taught his classes.
The death of Jon is a profound loss for the entire Loyola community. We remember him as a highly respected and beloved professor, mentor, colleague, scholar, and friend.
A memorial Facebook webpage has been established for those who wish to share their memories of Dr. Altschul. You can also see the memorial for Dr. Altschul at the American Philosophical Association here.
For students who may be affected by this tragedy, staff counselors at the University Counseling Center are available 24/7/365. A counselor also can be accessed during regular office hours by calling (504) 865-3835 or by visiting the 2nd floor of the Danna Center in Room 208. The counselor on-call can also be reached after hours and on weekends by calling LUPD at (504) 865-3434.
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