In Memoriam: Tim Hall

Published: August 16, 2017

It is with great sadness that we report that our graduate alumnus Tim Hall has died.  Tim entered the graduate program in 1992 and finished his PhD in 2003. He spent time as a lecturer at UCLA, at the University of Vermont, and at Yale.  He then embarked upon a very successful career teaching and writing at Oberlin College.  He worked primarily in ethics and wrote a dissertation entitled “Killing, Letting Die, and the Denial of Resources,” chaired by Professor Barbara Herman. “Doing Harm, Allowing Harm, and Denying Resources,” published in the Journal of Moral Philosophy (2008), was among his most admired articles.

Tim had a vibrant, funny, and incisive philosophical personality.  He manufactured challenging and intricate cases with great expertise but did not regard philosophy as sport.  He cared passionately about the issues he worked on and took arguments to heart even if they led him to surprising places.  He was a compassionate and supportive colleague and a very dedicated and celebrated teacher, both at UCLA and at Oberlin.

Our deepest sympathies go out to his family, friends, students, and colleagues.