Remembering John Joseph McDermott, 1932–2018 James Campbell The University of Toledo John J. McDermott was born on 5 January 1932, in Richmond Hill, Queens, New York City, and died on 30 September 2018, in College Station, Texas. McDermott received his undergraduate education at St. Francis Col- lege in Brooklyn, graduating cum laude in philosophy in January 1953. His graduate study in philosophy was at Fordham University in the Bronx, from which he received his MA in June 1954 and his PhD “with great distinction” in January 1959. His dissertation—“Experience Is Pedagogical: The Genesis and Essence of the American Nineteenth Century Notion of Experience”— was completed under the guidance of his doctoral advisor Robert Channon Pollock. In 1964–65, McDermott held a postdoctoral fellowship in American Studies at the Union Theological Graduate School. McDermott’s teaching experience in higher education began in 1954 at St. Francis College. In 1956, he joined the philosophy faculty of Queens College, City University of New York, where he taught until June 1977. Later that year, he moved to Texas A&M University (TAMU), where he was still teaching at the time of his death. At TAMU, McDermott was University Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Humanities in Medicine,
The Pluralist – University of Illinois Press
Published: Feb 13, 2020
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