Myron Julius "Mike" Lunine
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Myron Julius Lunine
August 24, 1929
Myron "Mike" Lunine was born to Samuel and Rose Lunine in Wyomissing, PA on August 24, 1929.

Mike received his B.A. in European literature and Thought, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Iowa. He received his M.A. from the University of Illinois in Philosophy. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in Political Science.

Mike was in higher education for sixty-eight years. He taught and was in administration at the University of Iowa, University of Colorado, Fisk University, University of Istanbul, Kent State University, Hampshire College, Western College of Miami University (founding dean) and San Francisco State University; where he continued to teach until the Fall of 2019. Mike is the author of numerous published articles and recently completed his book, "The Conscience of Nonviolence: A Conversation with Socrates, Thoreau, Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr." (forthcoming).

A prolific Gandhi and Peace Studies professor and activist, he was an agent for change in higher education. As Mike recently wrote, "I am lucky enough to have been participating in the Conversation about Conscience, Justice, and Nonviolence for the past sixty years as a college professor, dean and, intermittently, activist. I have taught and learned from undergraduate courses and graduate seminars on Socrates, Thoreau, Gandhi, and King, and helped found socially engaged, interdisciplinary programs and experimenting colleges at six public and private, large and small, traditionally black and predominantly white universities in most parts of the United States and in universities in India [Fulbright Scholar, 1958-59], Turkey [Fulbright Professor, 1965-67], and Central America."

Mike died peacefully in his Berkeley home on May 4, 2020. He is lovingly survived by his wife Kay, his sons, Brij, Seth and Benny, his daughter-in-law Michelle, and his grandchildren Oscar, Neva, Maxine, and Liam.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle from May 23 to May 31, 2020.
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June 3, 2020
One of the best and most inspiring educators I've ever know. He was also an avid connoisseur of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I look forward to reading his forthcoming book in this time when voices such as his are so desperately needed. Thank you, Mike. The torch is passed. May you rest in peace, my friend.
Justin M. Walker
June 1, 2020
Words cannot express my deepest condolences on hearing of the passing of Dean Mike Lunine. He was truly a wonderful person, who cared deeply for all those with whom he came in contact.
I want to share my fondest memory of him with you. I was privileged to be in the first class of the Western College of Miami University. After completing the Western core courses designed by your husband and others, I selected my concentration in journalism. I asked to be considered for the position of Editor in Chief of the Miami Student, Miami University's official newspaper. When I was successfully chosen as its Editor, the first person I thought of to share my good news, and news for the Western College Program and its Dean, your husband, was Mike. I literally ran from the selection committee directly across the entire Miami campus to your husbands office. It must have been 11:00 pm. I saw the lights on in his office, knocked on the door and there he was at his desk working. He was delighted at the news and I knew he would have tremendous nachas or pride in knowing one of his Western College students had achieved such a distinguished position at the University. If you know his Hebrew name and his father's Hebrew name, I would like to say kaddish for him. Shmuel (Steven) Klein Class of 1978
Shmuel S Klein
May 30, 2020
I was Mike's undergrad and master's student at SFSU, as was my daughter, who never would have known the richness of higher education without him. Mike was wise, funny, playful, quirky, dedicated, required perfection of himself alone, but above all, he was kind. And I will miss him until I too leave this life.
Deborah Kearns
May 24, 2020
I knew Mike both at Hampshire College when he was a dean and I of the faculty, and then again in San Francisco. His kindness, humor, clear sightedness. integrity and honesty provided for me oases of sanity in difficult academic worlds. I like to think he was a friend though we lost touch when I moved from the Bay Area 20+ years ago. His bravery and selflessness at Kent State remains for me a lifelong reminder of the best a human can be.
I cherish your life, Mike.
Janet Tallman
May 24, 2020
Namaste Dear Professor,
Your scholarship informed my life
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