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Emeriti Professors

Charles A. Corr

(Ph.D. St. Louis University, 1966), Professor emeritus. Since taking early retirement in 1999, Dr. Corr's research and writing interests have focused on the field of death, dying, and bereavement. His publications include three dozen books and booklets, along with more than 100 chapters and articles in professional journals. They cover a wide range of topics: education about death, dying, and bereavement; hospice principles and practice; pediatric palliative care; bereavement, grief, and mourning; helping children and adolescents cope with death; death-related literature for children and adolescents; sudden infant death syndrome; and organ and tissue donors and their family members. With Clyde Nabe and Donna Corr, he is the author of Death and Dying, Life and Living (6th ed.; Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 2009).

Charles Corr's professional work has been recognized by: the Association for Death Education and Counseling (Outstanding Personal Contributions, 1988; Death Education, 1996); Children's Hospice International in an award for Outstanding Contribution to the World of Hospice Support for Children (1989) and through the establishment of the Charles A. Corr Award Lifetime Achievement [Literature] (1995); The Dr. Robert Fulton CDEB Founder's Award from the Center for Death Education and Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse for Outstanding University Teaching, Research, Publication, and Professional Service in the Field of Death, Dying, and Bereavement (2007); the 2008 DonorCARE Award from the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation; and by Research Scholar (1990), Outstanding Scholar (1991), and Kimmel Community Service (1994) awards from SIUE.

Currently, Dr. Corr is a member of: the Board of Directors of the Suncoast Institute, an affiliate of the Hospice of the Florida Suncoast (2000-present); the ChiPPS (Children's Project on Palliative/Hospice Services) Leadership Committee of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (2002-present); the Executive Committee of the National Donor Family Council (1992-2001 & 2006-present); the International Work Group on Death, Dying, and Bereavement (1979-present; Chairperson, 1989-1993); the Association for Death Education and Counseling (1978-present; Board of Directors, 1980-1983); and the editorial boards of Omega, Journal of Death and Dying and Journeys: A Newsletter to Help in Bereavement.

John Danley

Ph.D. University of Rochester, 1977, M.Div, Union Theological Seminary, New York City, 1973

Teaching and research interests: ethics, applied ethics (business ethics, engineering ethics), and contemporary political philosophy. Current research focus is the investigation of conceptual and practical relationships between risk, politics and morality. Representative publications include The Modern Corporation and Its Role in a Free Society (Notre Dame Press, 1994); articles in Philosophy and Public Affairs, Philosophical Studies, Business Ethics Quarterly, Journal of Business Ethics, and Business and Society Review. He is a member of the American Philosophical Association, Illinois Philosophical Society, the Southwestern Philosophical Society, the Society for Business Ethics, the International Association for Business and Society, and the International Society for Ethics and Economics.

Ronald J. Glossop

Dr. Ronald J. Glossop is Professor Emeritus of Philosophical Studies at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (SIUE). He also served as Coordinator of Peace Studies at SIUE for 25 years. His Ph.D. in philosophy is from Washington University-St. Louis, and his B.A. (1955) (summa cum laude) is from Carthage College. He has also taught at Boise State University (Idaho) and Portland State University (Oregon). He is author of three books: Philosophy: An Introduction to Its Problems and Vocabulary (Dell, 1974); Confronting War: An Examination of Humanity's Most Pressing Problem (McFarland, 1983; 2nd ed. 1987; 3rd ed. 1994; 4th ed. 2001); and World Federation? A Critical Analysis of Federal World Government, (McFarland, 1993; Esperanto translation Monda Federacio? by J. Rapley, 2001). Over 50 of his articles have been published in professional and scholarly publications, and he has presented numerous papers at professional meetings for philosophers and educators. He has given talks on how to promote peace and how to deal with other contemporary global issues not only in the United States but also in China, France, Russia, Hungary, the Netherlands, Austria, the Czech Republic, Norway, South Korea, Lithuania, and Croatia--sometimes in English, sometimes in Esperanto.

Dr. Glossop serves as Chairman of the Greater St. Louis chapter of Citizens for Global Solutions and is also a member of its national Board of Directors and its Political Action Committee. He is President of the American Association of Teachers of Esperanto and Director of the international Esperanto organization for children, "Children around the World," whose web-site is Professor Glossop actively participates in the Esperanto movement at the international, national, and local levels. He serves as Vice-President of the United Nations Association of Greater St. Louis. He also participates in other organizations such as Concerned Philosophers for Peace, the Peace and Justice Studies Association, and International Philosophers for Peace. Glossop is a member of the honorary societies Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi and an honorary member of Rotary International.

He continues to work as a volunteer seeking to help promote world peace through global democracy ( and, Esperanto (, and, and Unitarian- Universalism ( and In 2009 he will participate in the national convention of Citizens for Global Solutions March 19-21 in Washington DC, the national convention of Esperanto-USA May 22-25 here in St. Louis, the Unitarian- Universalist General Assembly June 24-28 in Salt Lake City, the North American Summer Courses of Esperanto June 29-July 17 in San Diego, an excursion during most of the month of August to visit programs in China where Esperanto is being taught to children, the convention of the International Council of Unitarian- Universalists September 1-5 in Cluj, Romania, the conference on Philosophy for Children and Global Problems September 10-12 in Lancaster, England, the annual Autumn Meeting of Esperantists October 10-12 in Lake George, New York, and the annual convention of Concerned Philosophers for Peace November 6-8 in Dayton, Ohio. He is also beginning work on the second edition of WORLD FEDERATION?

Bill Hamrick

(Ph.D. Vanderbilt University 1971) After retiring in 2005, he has participated in, and read papers at, several professional meetings and other venues. The most recent one was to the International Merleau-Ponty Society in 2011. He also read papers at the Metaphysical Society of America meeting in 2008 and, in the same year, to a conference in Sofia, Bulgaria, celebrating the centenary of the birth of Maurice Merleau-Ponty. After 25 years, he finally resigned from the Executive Committee of the British Society for Phenomenology, but he is still a member of the Editorial Board of the Society's Journal. In addition, he refereed papers for Human Studies until that journal ceased publication. He is also the ACLS representative for the Metaphysical Society of America. In 2007, his co-edited (with Suzanne L. Cataldi)collection, Merleau-Ponty and Environmental Philosophy, Reflections on the Landscapes of Thought, was published by the State University of New York Press (SUNY). The following year saw the publication of an essay invited for the Handbook of Whiteheadian Process Thought, "Phenomenology and Metaphysics." Also in 2008, he earned a long-delayed doctorate in Philosophy from the Institute of Philosophy, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium). His most recent publication, written with Jan Van der Veken of the Institute of Philosophy, is Nature and Logos, A Whiteheadian Key to Merleau-Ponty's Fundamental Thought (The SUNY Press, 2011). He is currently working on a booklength manuscript on a phenomenology of shame. The work is a sequel to his award-winning Kindness and the Good Society, Connections of the Heart (The SUNY Press, 2002).

Thomas Paxson, Jr.

(Ph.D. University of Rochester, 1970) Retired in 2002. Principal research interests have been in epistemology, ancient Greek philosophy, and interdisciplinary studies. Teaching interests have ranged widely over ancient Greek philosophy, epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of religion, philosophical systems originating in Asia, and interdisciplinary courses on death & dying, war & peace, and foundations of business.

Margaret A. (Peg) Simons

2007-08 William and Margaret Going Professor

(Ph.D. Purdue University, 1977.) Her research specialization is the philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir. Her teaching interests include: philosophy of race and racism, feminist philosophy, existentialism, and contemporary Continental philosophy. A founding editor of Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy and a former Co-Director of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Simons has published many articles and given over 100 professional paper presentations, many of which focus on the philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir. She is the author of Beauvoir and The Second Sex: Feminism, Race and the Origins of Existentialism (Rowman & Littlefield, 1999) and editor of The Philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir: Critical Essays (Indiana University Press, 2006). She edited Simone de Beauvoir's Philosophical Writings (University of Illinois Press, 2004), the first volume in a seven volume series of Beauvoir's texts in English translation, co-edited by Sylvie Le Bon de Beauvoir and supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the French Ministry of Culture, and published by the University of Illinois Press. The second volume in the Beauvoir Series, Beauvoir's Diary of a Philosophy Student, Volume 1, 1926-27, co-edited by Simons, Barbara Klaw, Sylvie Le Bon de Beauvoir, and Marybeth Timmermann was published by the University of Illinois Press in 2006. She is currently completing the third volume in the Series, Beauvoir's Wartime Diary, co-edited with Sylvie Le Bon de Beauvoir and translated by Anne Deing Cordero.

Bob Wolf

Teaching interests include critical thinking, ethics, engineering ethics, the full range of the history of philosophy and history of political theory courses, as well as metaphysics, symbolic logic, and philosophy of science. Currently he is working on a series of bibliographies: one, on analytic philosophy of religion 1960-1996, is being published by the Philosophy Documentation Center. A second, an update to his published bibliography on Entailment and Relevant Logics, will be put on line as soon as he figures out how to do it. A third, his big one, is on Logic and Philosophy of Logic, and will not be anywhere near finished for a number of years. He is also a science-fiction fanatic as well as a devotee of historical mysteries. Recent publications include Analytic Philosophy of Religion: A Bibliography From 1940-1995, Philosophy Documentation Center, 1997.