Vale Delia Graff Fara (1969-2017).
Our much loved and admired colleague Delia Graff Fara died peacefully at home on Tuesday 18 July 2017. Though first diagnosed in 2006 with the chronic illness to which she finally succumbed, she resolved from the outset not to let her illness get in the way of her living a life that was as full as possible. A post on the Collegium of Black Women Philosophers website documents her many achievements in the philosophy of language, philosophical logic, epistemology, and metaphysics. Perhaps less well-known are her tireless efforts to promote research and teaching at the intersection of philosophy of language and empirical linguistics. For some years, together with Karen Lewis (Barnard and Columbia), she ran an annual conference, PhLiP (the Philosophical Linguistics and Linguistic Philosophy Conference), which brought together philosophers of language and linguists in the hope that they would learn from each other. The most recent of these conferences took place just last September, shortly before her most recent period of medical leave. Even less well known are the many stands she took in the Department and University as a formidable advocate of diversity, stands that led to her appointment as the Philosophy Department's Equal Opportunity Officer, a position she held for some years with distinction. For all these reasons and more she will be sorely missed by her colleagues and students alike. Our heartfelt condolences go to her husband Michael and daughter Clarissa. A memorial event will take place in the Philosophy Department some time during the 2017-18 academic year.
Update: An obituary on the University’s homepage appears here.