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OBITUARY

Thomas E. McCollough

June 26, 1926January 27, 2020
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Thomas E. McCollough, professor of Ethics emeritus of Duke University, died peacefully at 93, on Monday, January 27, 2020 at Croasdaile Village.

A devoted husband & father, Dr. McCollough taught ethics at Duke University for 36 years. Awarded the distinguished Howard Johnson's Teaching Award, his unique teaching style has influenced people through out his long life, with love, light, & compassion. He was charismatic, gregarious, & had a wonderful since of humor.

Dr. McCollough was preceded in death by his wife Mary Lee Rankin.

Surviving are his partner Patricia Ottaway, his children Mary Page Tingen and Theron McCollough and two grandsons, Tommy Lee and David Keith.

  • FAMILY

  • Mary Lee Rankin, Wife (deceased)
  • Patricia Ottaway, Partner
  • Mary Page Tingen McCollough, Daughter
  • Theron McCollough, Son
  • Tommy Lee, Grandchild
  • David Keith, Grandchild

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Tim Koch

February 17, 2020

Tom was a good, good man with courage and humor and love. I shall miss him and appreciate all that he gave me in this life.

Lisa Price

February 16, 2020

Uncle Tom was a part of my life from literally day one. I will always remember his fun sense of humor, and trips with families to the mountains and beach. Rest In Peace.

Gil Hedley

February 5, 2020

I count Tom among the deepest positive influences, and most cherished friends, of my life. I studied ethics with him as an undergrad in the early 80's, and continued to visit by phone or in person, sometimes bringing my kids along with me, up to the present. His capacity to form community in the classroom inspired my own career as a teacher. Tom knew how to create spaces in which higher levels of communication and learning could flourish. He was also a funny man, ever joking, and sometimes provoking, always to higher levels of discourse and consideration. I will miss him keenly. My sincerest condolences to Pat, Theron, and Mary Paige, and all those whom Tom's warmth has reached over so many years. I always asked after his "kids" on our visits, and he loved you all very dearly~

Fred Bonner

February 1, 2020

Tom McCollough was one of the finest people I have ever met. He was was my professor at Duke University in the 1970s teaching ethics. And I will say he had a profound influence on all of his students. In the 1990s nearing his retirement, over 100 of his past students returned to campus for a full weekend of ethical reflection, and to thank a man who had so impacted their thinking. I was fortunate enough to call him a friend over the years, and to the last he remained a keen observer with a sharp mind and a kind, loving heart. He was a calming presence in these hard times. Farewell, my friend.

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Biography

Thomas E. McCollough, professor of Ethics emeritus of Duke University, died peacefully at 93, on Monday, January 27, 2020 at Croasdaile Village.

A devoted husband & father, Dr. McCollough taught ethics at Duke University for 36 years. Awarded the distinguished Howard Johnson's Teaching Award, his unique teaching style has influenced people through out his long life, with love, light, & compassion. He was charismatic, gregarious, & had a wonderful since of humor.

Dr. McCollough was preceded in death by his wife Mary Lee Rankin.

Surviving are his partner Patricia Ottaway, his children Mary Page Tingen and Theron McCollough and two grandsons, Tommy Lee and David Keith.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, February 16, at 2:30 at Croasdaile Village.