24 November 2005

In Memoriam Joseph Owens, 1908-2005

Ed Halper prefaced his lecture with an acknowledgment of a debt to his teacher, Joseph Owens, author of The Doctrine of Being in the Aristotelian Metaphysics, who died this last October 30 in his 98th year.

An obituary and reflection may be found at the PIMS website, here.

Joseph Owens, CSsR (1908–2005)

"Among the memories of graduate students from my time at the Pontifical institute of Mediaeval Studies and the University of Toronto, none is more vivid than is that of the defense made by Joseph Owens, CSsR, of his dissertation for the Institute doctorate. His erudition had long been the object of awe-struck rumor on the campus; with that ceremony it ceased to be rumor and became attested fact. Owens faced a board of examiners calculated to strike awe in any student. To name only those who spoke that day for philosophy, Etienne Gilson and Anton C. Pegis were members of his jury. Awe, however, ran in the opposite direction. This formidable board voted Owens his doctorate summa cum laude and the world of learning has been confirming that judgement ever since. The dissertation Owens defended has merited publication in three revisions and [many] printings."