LOAR--Brian F., Philosopher of Mind and Language, died peacefully at his home surrounded by loved ones on March 31, 2014, after a prolonged battle with Parkinson's Disease. Born November 17, 1939 in Brooklyn, NY. After receiving his D.Phil. in Philosophy from Oxford University, he taught at the Universities of Michigan and Southern California, and, until 2007, at Rutgers University. A highly original, complex, and subtle thinker, he wrote about the nature of meaning and of consciousness. In addition to philosophy, Brian was passionate about art, music, architecture, and his beloved friendships. He is survived by his wife Stephanie Beardman of New York, NY, and his brother Terry W. Loar of Marina, CA. Donations may be made to the Mount Sinai Visiting Doctors Program. A memorial will be announced at a later date. He will be deeply missed by those who were lucky enough to have known him.
Published in The New York Times on Apr. 6, 2014