Joseph L. Camp, Jr., Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh, died on January 17, 2013, in St. Louis, Missouri, at age 70, after a long hospitalization. He had retired from the University in 2005 and moved to St. Louis in 2008 in order to be closer to his family. Professor Camp was born in New York on September 16, 1942 to Dr. Joseph L. Camp, Sr., a physician, and Blanche Minogue Camp, a psychologist. He overcame childhood polio although the disease caused him lifelong physical impairment. He received his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University, and obtained his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Brown University. For nearly 40 years, Dr. Camp was on the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Philosophy. He served as department chairman and in many other administrative positions, and was a Fellow of the Center for the Philosophy of Science. He was the author of a book, Confusion, A Study in the Theory of Knowledge (2002), and various essays on metaphysics, epistemology, the philosophy of language, and the history of philosophy. His greatest contribution, though, was to several generations of graduate students, whom he supervised. His generosity, material and intellectual, was well-known and there was hardly a graduate student in the Philosophy Department at Pittsburgh whom he did not help in one way or another. During his later years, he collaborated closely with his partner, Dr. Tamara Horowitz, who predeceased him in 2000, and whose collected essays, which he edited, were published posthumously. Joe, as he was known casually, had friends from all walks of life. He thrived on connection through long hours of discussions, often late into the night. He was an enthusiastic sports fan. He was primarily a baseball fan, rooting for the teams of New York, then Pittsburgh, and finally St. Louis-especially admiring Mays and Clemente. He was a talented photographer, a student of chess, and an avid reader. He never saw a flat surface that didn't look like a good bookshelf to him. He loved animals, especially cats and large Newfoundland dogs. He is survived by his three children, John Camp (Laura Ritter), Jennifer Smith, and David Camp (Julia Mariani); two grandsons, Sam Camp and Louis Smith; his sister, Alice Katzung (Bert) and her family; and his former wife, Deborah Danielson. He will be remembered with respect and great affection by family, colleagues, and friends worldwide. A celebration of his life and work will be held at the University of Pittsburgh later this year. (Please contact Collie Henderson at the Department of Philosophy for details, (412) 624-5768.). In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to the Joseph L. Camp, Jr. Memorial Fund at the University of Pittsburgh, c/o Collie Henderson, 1001 Cathedral of Learning, Pittsburgh, PA 15260.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Feb. 17, 2013