David Dick, associate professor of philosophy at the University of Calgary, has died.
In addition to his appointment in Calgary’s Department of Philosophy, Professor Dick was also a Fellow in the Canadian Centre for Advanced Leadership in Business at the Haskayne School of Business. Prior to that he was Chair of Business Ethics at Calgary. He earned his PhD at the University of Michigan in 2009, and was an undergraduate at the University of Utah.
Professor Dick’s research focused on issues relating to ethics and money, including questions about justice and wealth distribution, individual ethics of wealth and charity, as well as questions about the nature of money. You can browse some of his academic writing here. He developed an innovative and popular undergraduate course on the Philosophy of Money, and in 2015 he was the inaugural recipient of the University of Calgary’s highest teaching honour, the McCaig-Killam Teaching Award. In addition to his research and teaching, Dick engaged in a significant amount of public-facing work, presenting philosophy in a variety of mainstream media outlets and serving as the coordinator for the Integrity Network, a working group of ethics professionals from corporate, academic, and non-profit sectors. In 2017 he was named one of Calgary’s Avenue Magazine‘s Top 40 under 40.
The chair of Calgary’s Department of Philosophy, Nicole Wyatt, writes, “David was a much loved and respected colleague who was always kind and generous with his time. His enthusiasm for teaching and for philosophy was apparent to anyone who spent time with him, as was his genuine affection for his students and colleagues. He will be greatly missed by his UCalgary colleagues in the Department of Philosophy and CCAL, as well as those across the Faculty of Arts and the Haskayne School of Business.”
UPDATE: There is a fundraiser to support David Dick’s widow, Erin Dick-Jensen; you can read about it and donate here.