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Release: Jan. 22, 2003

Fumerton named F. Wendell Miller Professor of Philosophy

Richard Fumerton, a professor of philosophy in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been named F. Wendell Miller Professor of Philosophy, Linda Maxson, dean of the college, announced this month.

Fumerton has published extensively in three of the major fields of philosophy: epistemology, metaphysics, and ethics. His work on foundationalism in particular has developed a significant following among epistemologists, and several of his publications are considered indispensable to philosophers around the world. He is the author of four highly regarded books, the most recent being Realism and the Correspondence Theory of Truth, published in 2002. An outstanding teacher and mentor, he has received the Regents Award for Faculty Excellence (1997), as well as the Collegiate Teaching Award (1996) and the M. L. Huit Award for contributions to university and community life (1994). He has served on numerous collegiate committees, including the Executive Committee and the Educational Policy Committee, and he was chairman of the philosophy department from 1988 to 1996.

“Richard's contributions to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences--and to the university as a whole--place him among our most talented, generous and distinguished faculty," Maxson said. "I am extraordinarily pleased that the university and college are recognizing his achievements with this honor.”

Miller professorships are named for F. Wendell Miller, an attorney and farm manager from Rockwell City, Iowa, who died in 1995. Miller's will left the bulk of his estate to the UI and Iowa State University to encourage the advancement of academic endeavors. The Miller Endowment Trust was established from the Miller estate, with interest and income from the trust divided equally between ISU and the UI.