In Memoriam: Alfonso Gomez-Lobo (1940-2011)
Our dear colleague Alfonso Gomez-Lobo, a longtime member of the Department of Philosophy’s Faculty, passed away on December 31, 2011. He is survived by his wife, Jimena, and their four children --- Veronica, Rosario, Jimena, and Andres.
Alfonso was a life-long expert in the classics and ethics, and more recently in bioethics, and a man of deep faith. Born in Chile in 1940 he studied at the Catholic University of Valparaiso, Chile, the University of Athens, Greece, and three German universities: Tübingen, Munich and Heidelberg. While at Munich, he completed in 1966 his Ph. D. in Philosophy, Classics and Ancient History magna cum laude. He joined Georgetown’s Faculty in 1977. He read and/or spoke seven languages: English, Italian, French, Spanish, German, Greek, and Latin. Professor Gomez-Lobo won research awards and fellowships from the German Academic Exchange Service, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Guggenheim Foundation. In 1996 he was appointed the Ryan Family Professor of Metaphysics and Moral Philosophy, and that same year President George Bush appointed him to the President’s Council on Bioethics. Six months later he was appointed to the Pontifical Academy for Life of the Vatican, which advises the Pope on matters pertaining to bioethics.
His publications include a Spanish translation of selected works of G. Frege and numerous articles on Herodotus, Thucydides, Plato and Aristotle. His edition of Parmenides in Greek with Spanish translation and full commentary appeared in Buenos Aires in 1985 (2nd Edition, Santiago). His book, The Foundations of Socratic Ethics, has been published in Spanish, English, and French. His book Morality and the Human Goods appeared in 2002.
Alfonso was much loved by his colleagues and friends at Georgetown, and his loss will be felt profoundly in the Department of Philosophy and among the Georgetown community. A mass in his honor will be celebrated at Holy Trinity Church at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, January 4. In lieu of flowers the family would prefer to receive donations to the Alfonso Gomez-Lobo Fund for the Congregation of San Jose, a small parish run by Sister Beatrice Barry which serves a poor rural community in the Dominican Republic.