Prof. Emeritus Joseph Boyle (1942 – 2016)

Published: September 27, 2016

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It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of our colleague and friend Prof. Emeritus Joseph Boyle.

Joe’s research interests were moral philosophy, ethical theory and applied ethics, natural law, Thomistic ethics and bioethics;  in recent years he taught the graduate class in bioethics. Joe served the Philosophy Department as St. George Chair (with Amy Mullin as Graduate Chair) during 2008-2009. His cheerful presence and basso profundo voice were always the giveaway that Joe was in the Department. He will be sorely missed.

St. Michael’s College has posted on its website a message about Joe’s passing. What the Principal writes about Joe’s personality couldn’t be put better.

In the words of Mark McGowan, “colleagues will remember Joe for his generosity, sincerity, keen analytical skills, and his good humour. In the scholarly world, Joe was recognized as one of the finest Catholic philosophers of his generation. He leaves behind his wife Barbara, four children (Marion, Thomas, Deirdre, and Mary Anne), and many beloved grandchildren.”

A memorial in Joe’s honour will be held on October 6.