ALAN PHILIP WERTHEIMER - BURLINGTON - Alan Philip Wertheimer, professor emeritus of political science at UVM and senior research scholar in the Department of Bioethics at The National Institutes of Health, died Friday, April 10, 2015, with his loving family present. Alan is survived by his wife, Susan of Burlington; daughters, Rachel and Rebecca of Portland, Maine; son, Joel of Brooklyn, N.Y.; son-in-law, Andrew Pixley; and Joel's companion, McKensey Smith. He leaves three adored grandchildren, Eliot Wertheimer, and Benjamin and Mae Pixley, all of Portland, Maine; brother, Eric and sister-in-law, Joan, of Rhode Island; brother-in-law, Burton Deutsch of Cleveland, Ohio; father-in-law, Jim Abbott of Bethel, Vt.; sister and brother-in-law, Cynthia and Dan Clear of Indianapolis, Ind.; many nieces and nephews; and special friend, Peter Bernett of Belmont, Mass., from 7th grade Shop Class, (where Peter assures us Alan did not shine) also survives him. He was predeceased by his parents; and sister, Susie Deutsch. Alan arrived Aug. 19, 1942, in Manhattan, born to Jean Dessau Wertheimer and Philip Wertheimer. He spent his childhood in Larchmont, N.Y., earned his B.A. at New York University, and completed his Ph.D. in Political Science at Case Western Reserve University. He arrived at UVM in 1967, and served on the faculty of the Political Science Department until his retirement in 2005. A committed university citizen, he was associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in the 1970s, served as department chair for many years, and was selected as University Scholar for the 1995-96 academic year. Alan earned fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and in the Professional Ethics Program at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he also was a visiting faculty member for two years. A dedicated scholar, he authored numerous books and articles, most recently, "Rethinking the Ethics of Clinical Research: Widening the Lens," published by Oxford University Press and "Consent to Sexual Relations," published by Cambridge University Press. After retiring from UVM, Alan accepted a one-year fellowship in the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health, then under the direction of Dr. Ezekiel Emmanuel. One year turned into ten; at the time of his death, he was still employed part-time by NIH. He leaves many wonderful colleagues both at UVM and NIH and in the ethics world. His academic friends are legion, too numerous to mention, but you know who you are. In addition to being a devoted husband, father, and scholar, Alan loved playing games, notably bridge, which he resumed after a thirty-year hiatus once the children spread their wings. His friends at the Burlington Bridge Club will miss him greatly. The racetrack at Saratoga will have an empty seat every August from now on. And we hope someone out there, still, can recite entire Seinfeld episodes verbatim. The family wishes to thank the compassionate and professional doctors and nurses in the ICU at the University of Vermont Medical Center. Special thanks to doctors Jennifer Gilwee and Julian Sprague for their care over the years. A memorial service will be held Friday, April 24, 2015, at 3 p.m. in Billings North Lounge at the University of Vermont. Donations in Alan's memory may be made to the UVM Foundation - please designate contributions to unrestricted scholarship funds for students with high financial need; the Boys and Girls Club of Burlington; Women's Link Worldwide, dedicated to using the law to promote the rights of women and girls; finally, to any organization working hard to ensure that the two houses of Congress and the White House won't be controlled by Republicans in 2016. Boucher and Pritchard Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Published in The Burlington Free Press on Apr. 15, 2015.