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Richard E. Sharvy ’64

Richard E. Sharvy '64, July 1, 1988, in Eugene, Oregon, from cancer. Richard earned a BA in philosophy from Reed and a PhD in philosophy in 1969 from Wayne State University. He taught at a number of institutions, including Swarthmore College; Wayne State; University of Auckland in New Zealand; the University of California, Irvine; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; North Carolina State; and the University of Miami. He published at least 30 articles on various topics in metaphysics, philosophy of language, philosophy of logic, and history of philosophy. The obituary appearing in the APA Proceedings, Vol. 61, noted that: "In addition to being a philosopher, Sharvy was also a linguist, logician, musician, politician, journalist, novelist, and debater. He had working knowledge of Greek. Latin, French, Italian, German, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, and Creole. Above all, Sharvy was an American-style rugged individualist. Almost everything he did was carefully measured for its intelligence, skill, efficiency, humor, and grace." Survivors include his son, Benjamin ’89; mother, Ruth; and sister, Rayna.

Appeared in Reed magazine: August 1989

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