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John Arras (2015)

H. William Porterfield, M.D., and Linda Obenauf Porterfield Professor of Biomedical Ethics

1945 - 2015

Hired 1995

B.A Philosophy, University of San Francisco
Ph.D. Philosophy, Northwestern University 

AOS: Bioethics

Obituary and Memorials

Obituary  |  UVA Today  |  New York Times  |  Bioethics Commission  |  Daily Nous  |  Harvard Law  |  Columbia  |  The Lancet  |  

From the Department: 

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 beloved 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, and won several prestigious teaching awards, including the Outstanding Faculty Award from the Virginia State Council of Higher Education (2006).

Honors & Awards

Virginia State Council of Higher Education's 2006 Outstanding Faculty Award
The University of Virginia Alumni Association's 2004-05 Distinguished Professor Award
The Hastings Center 1979-80 NEH Postdoctoral Fellow
The University of Redland's 1975 Outstanding Faculty Award
The University of California at Berkeley School of Law's 1973-74 NEH Postdoctoral Fellow