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Dr. Dwight Van De Vate passes away

Dr. Dwight Van De Vate passes away

VAN DE VATE, DR. DWIGHT, JR. - age 84, passed away peacefully at Tennova Hospice in Knoxville, Tennessee. Born February 25, 1928, in Rochester, New York, he graduated from Brighton High School in 1945, and enlisted in the United States Navy in 1946. After boot camp, he completed both basic and advanced Electronic Materials Schools, and was eventually stationed at the US Naval Submarine Base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Following his discharge from the Navy in 1948, Dr. Van de Vate began teaching himself calculus, before enrolling in Wesleyan University, where he completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1952. He then entered Yale University, first completing a Masters degree, and subsequently a PhD, both in Philosophy. His career took him to Florida State University, the University of Mississippi, and Memphis State University, before arriving at the University of Tennessee in 1966, where he retired in 1999 at the rank of full professor. During his professional life, he was also active in various civic affairs, serving on a committee reviewing the Clinch River Breeder Reactor, and volunteering with the Prisoner's Aid Society. A lifelong learner and scholar, Dr. Van de Vate was the author of Romantic Love: A Philosophical Inquiry (1981), served as editor of Persons, Privacy and Feelings: Essays in the Philosophy of Mind (1970) and at the time of his death was collaborating with long-time friend and colleague Dr. Tom Hood on a compilation of lectures on the work of noted sociologist Erving Goffman. Dr. Van de Vate was past President of the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology (and was named an Honorary Life Member), and was published in the "Southern Journal of Philosophy", the "Southwest Philosophy Review", "American Philosophical Quarterly", "The Review of Metaphysics", "Philosophical Forum", and "Philosophy and Rhetoric". A devoted father, grandfather and uncle, Dr. Van de Vate was also an accomplished painter, avid gardener, and veteran backpacker. He greatly enjoyed spending time canoeing the Holston River behind his home, as well as taking more ambitious canoe trips to Canada and on the Mississippi River. In his later years, he volunteered at the Holston Center Nursing Home, drawing sketches of the residents. A quiet and modest man, he shared many lessons with those who loved him, particularly perseverance, loyalty and absolute integrity. Deep thanks are extended to special friend and caregiver Hugh Cain and to the wonderful staff at Tennova Hospice. The family will receive friends at Bridges Funeral Home from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 28, 2012, with a Celebration of Life service to follow. Bridges Funeral Home, 5430 Rutledge Pike, Knoxville,TN 37924, 865-523-4999. www.bridgesfuneralhome.com.

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