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CAUT Bulletin Archives

September 2013

David Braybrooke 1924-2013

[Danny Abriel / Dalhousie Photography services]
[Danny Abriel / Dalhousie Photography services]
David Braybrooke, a professor emeritus of philosophy and political science at Dalhousie University and the University of Texas at Austin and a former president of CAUT, died on Aug. 7. He was 88.

Braybrooke was born in Hacketts­town, New Jersey and served in the US Army during World War II. He received a BA from Harvard and an MA and PhD from Cornell. He was an instructor first at Hobart College and the University of Michigan before moving to Bow­doin College and eventually Yale. Denied tenure at Yale while simultaneously winning a Guggenheim Fellowship, Braybrooke left for Dalhousie in 1963, where he stayed until his retirement in 1989. In 1990 he accepted the Centennial Commission Chair in Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Austin, where he taught in the department of government and philo­sophy until his second re­tirement in 2005.

Braybrooke was active throughout his career in many professional associations, including tenures as president of CAUT (1975–1976) and the Ca­nadian Philosophical Association, and vice-president of the American Poli­tical Science Association. He was elected a member of the Royal Society of Canada in 1980. He was a visiting professor at a number of universities in North America and the United Kingdom.

Throughout his life’s work as a philosopher, he wrote more than 80 articles and 11 books. In 2011, Braybrooke was awarded a Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) from Dalhousie for “his outstanding contributions to advancing philo­sophy, both in the academic world and far beyond, and for his lifelong commitment to education.”