David Sidorsky

July 7, 1927December 28, 2021
David Sidorsky passed away at 94, on December 28, 2021. He had a long and illustrious career as a Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University, where he taught from 1959 until his retirement over 50 years later. Following his retirement, he continued to be engaged in his academic and intellectual interests, which were wide-ranging. He was born in Calgary, Alberta in 1927 and came to New York to pursue his studies, graduating from NYU and the Jewish Theological Seminary, and later received his Ph.D. from Columbia. He taught introductory, moral and political philosophy and edited the writings of John Dewey. He lectured extensively on twentieth century philosophy in the context of Jewish thought. He also lectured and wrote on the themes of modernism and morality in twentieth century literature. He served as Chairman of the University Committee on General Education and chaired the John M. Olin Colloquium in Political Philosophy. Beloved husband of the late Rhoda, to whom he was married for 54 years, and devoted father of Robert (Hilary) Sidorsky, Gina (Ernest) Bartlett and Emily (James) Kronenberg. Cherished brother of Nancy (Stanley) Brand, who survives him. He always took a great interest in his grandchildren, Alexander and Julia Sidorsky, Matthew and William Bartlett, and Henry, Lily, Ned and Thomas Kronenberg,. He was an inspiration to his entire family and many members of the Columbia community over the years, and will be deeply missed. A family service was held. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Sidorsky family.

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