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Department Mourns the Passing of John Arras

The department mourns the passing of our colleague John Arras, Professor of Philosophy and Porterfield Professor of Bioethics, who died unexpectedly on March 9th.  John was a widely respected scholar of bioethics and a valued member of our department, which he joined in 1995. At the time of his passing, he was serving on the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, a Fellow of the Hastings Center, and Director of the UVa program in Bioethics. John was a passionate and inspired teacher: he won several prestigious teaching awards, including the Outstanding Faculty Award from the Virginia State Council of Higher Education (2006). 

A memorial service will be held March 18 at 3 p.m. in the Newcomb Hall Ballroom.  Below are links to memorial notices:

The obituary from the New York Times

From UVA Today

From the Hastings Center

From the President's Commission on Bioethics