Updated to include new links…
My mentor, hero and I hope friend, David Lee Hull died on the morning of 11 August 2010, at the age of 75.
If not for the fact that David marked my masters thesis and remarked that he hoped to see some of it published, I would never have considered myself competent enough to publish, and hence would never have ended up an academic (at the tender age of 48).
David was a remarkable man. Not only did he effectively define professional philosophy of biology as a newly minted doctor of philosophy, he was also actively engaged in gay rights struggles, both in Chicago generally and in professional biology and philosophy. His long time partner Richard Wellman died in the first wave of the AIDS epidemic, and David nursed him while he wrote his magnum opus Science as a Process, on which I had written my masters.
I will have more to say about him when I gather my thoughts.
Late note: Michael Ruse has sent this message around; I hope he won’t mind my posting it here:
He died this morning at nine – I gather peacefully and not in pain. The young men looking after him have truly been secular saints. There will be no funeral but a memorial service sometime in the fall. We are all going to be sad, but let us also be joyful both for a life really well lived and for a release that was truly welcome, not the least by David himself.
The Chicago Sun-Times has a nice obituary here and his university, Northwestern, has one here [h/t Leiter]
New: Grant Yamashita is another new philosopher helped by David. His obit is here.Peter Godfrey Smith has an obit here.