Dr. Robert Hambourger, who retired this spring from the Department of Philosophy and Religion, died Sunday, Nov. 15. He was 65.
Hambourger was a faculty member for 27 years. He joined the department in 1982, following 13 years on the philosophy faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and three years at Northwestern.
Over the years, he taught more than 7,700 NC State students in 129 course sections. A longtime champion of general education, he was known as a man of compassion who was always ready to support struggling students.
He published articles on the philosophy of mathematics, theory of knowledge and philosophy of religion. In addition, he has served on a number of important committees, including the NC State Council of Undergraduate Education and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum Committee, which he chaired for three years. Prior to retirement, he gathered information for a history of the department.
He is survived by three children, Elizabeth, Michael and Timothy; a brother, Paul; two grandchildren and his wife of 37 years, Linda, along with many other relatives, in-laws and friends. Visitation and funeral mass have taken place.