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In Memoriam: Robert Hambourger

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, heĀ  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, MichaelĀ  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.

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  • Stefano Rosso

    I was hoping to find Bob Hambourger’s email or address when I read this very sad news! I have had the good luck to meet Professor Hambourger when I came from Rome to the USA to Northwestern University as a graduate student with a Fulbright Fellowship: he was friendly and rigorous at the same time, and I have learned a lot from him both academically and personally. Thank You Robert!
    I and my wife Silvia remember him, and Linda , and send our very deep regrets to her and children. Stefano Rosso
    Modena, Italy, 12th May 2011

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