John Lincourt
1941 - 2020
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John Lincourt
January 17, 1941 - December 14, 2020
Charlotte, North Carolina - Dr. John M. Lincourt of Charlotte died on December 14, 2020. Born January 17, 1941, he was the oldest of seven children of Dr. and Mrs. Armand Lincourt. He was 79 years old.
Professor Lincourt grew up in Maine, graduated from St. Anselm College in New Hampshire and completed his doctoral studies in Philosophy at the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1970. He taught Philosophy on the college and university levels for 40 years achieving the rank of Professor of Philosophy from The University of North Carolina Charlotte in 1985. He was selected as the second Bonnie E. Cone Distinguished Professor for Teaching in 1994.
In 1966, John took part in the Selma to Montgomery March for Equal Rights. This became a seminal event in his life and motivated him to move to the south and teach in a public institution. His efforts to advance the cause of equal rights were recognized by a Citation of Merit from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1988.
Though he published research articles and one book, his reputation as a professor lies primarily in undergraduate teaching. Introducing beginning students to the wonders of philosophy and rigors of logic were sources of continual interest and joy to him. By most accounts, he was a gifted teacher with the ability to rouse interest in and advance skills with abstract subjects which make up much of a Philosophy curriculum. The last 20 years of his career centered around the study and practice of Health Care Ethics where he taught and consulted widely. He was the founding director of the Center for Practical and Applied Ethics at UNC Charlotte and was actively engaged in many local and state initiatives involving ethics in health care settings including hospitals, professional organizations, and public venues.
He was honored for this work with the John Huske Anderson Award in 1989- the highest honor granted a layman by the North Carolina Medical Society. His other honors include CASE Professor of the Year for North Carolina for career achievement in teaching, NationsBank Award for Excellence in Teaching and assorted teaching research grants largely in the areas of 19th century American philosophy and health care ethics. He retired in 2006 after 33 years of service at UNC-Charlotte.
John was married to his wife Ann for 55 years. Their love for one another was evident to all who knew them. Their daughters, Sarah, and Amy were sources of enormous pride and affection for them.
John and Ann traveled to many interesting places around the world including Egypt, Turkey, Austria, France, and Great Britain. They had a special liking for Italy for its history, amiable people, cuisine, and the birthplace of one of John's favorite philosophers, St. Thomas Aquinas.
His other favorites included the novels of Jane Austen, gardening and cooking for his family and friends. He found great delight in his grandchildren, Lillian, Emma and the twin boys Henry and Nathaniel. He remained remarkably close to his family of origin in Maine.
John is survived by his wife Ann, his daughters Amy Lincourt and Sarah Geis, his son-in-law Stephen Geis and his four grandchildren, Lillian, Emma, Henry, and Nathaniel Geis. His remains will be buried along with those of his parents in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Sanford, Maine.

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January 11, 2021
I had the pleasure and honor of team-teaching a course with John on medical ethics and environmental economics, with us also having a go at environmental ethics and medical economics. During and afterwards, we enjoyed time together at the University. John was a delight to know, and a source of positive energy. I am very sorry to learn of his passing.
Peter Schwarz
January 4, 2021
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Nancy Gutierrez
December 30, 2020
I remember John as a gentle human being who helped welcome me to the Department of Philosophy at UNC Charlotte. He was generous with his time, knowledge and experiences. He possessed a subtle sense of humor.

I am saddened by the news of his passing. John was kind and direct. He helped me identify a suitable physician as we settled in the Charlotte area and to my surprise, we were members of the same fitness center. I would cross him there on many occasions and it is also at that same fitness center, after brief conversations, that we would contemplate prospective meetings . We shared our last conversation over a meal planned after one of those encounters at the fitness center. I cherished his story telling and extra-university interests.

I shall remember John as a gentle and empathetic soul who valued fairness and the dignity of his fellow humans.

Antoinette joins me to express our family's sincerest condolences to the Lincourt family and their loved ones. May your passage and next Journey, John, be in Peace.

I remember you fondly, Dear Friend and Colleague!
eddy souffrant
December 30, 2020
I remember that John was very kind and open with me as I interviewed to join the UNC Charlotte philosophy department. This was just as he was leaving, so I never had the opportunity to work with him. I still have the casebook in medical ethics he gave me, and in working with medical ethics colleagues in Charlotte, I know I benefited from the relationships he had cultivated there. My thoughts go out to all the Lincourt family.
Lisa Rasmussen
December 29, 2020
John was instrumental in guiding Charlotte area healthcare providers to develop mechanisms for making difficult ethical decisions in patient care. I am saddened to learn of the death of this fine man.
Lynda Colvard Opdyke
December 29, 2020
I was very sad to learn the news of John's passing. As both a current member of the UNC Charlotte philosophy department, and the Ethics Center's current director, I am deeply indebted to his work, and am privileged to work in the space that he did so much to create. I extend my deepest sympathy to his family.
Gordon Hull
December 27, 2020
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Mike Raymond
December 27, 2020
John was just a lovely guy. He will be sorely missed. Thoughts are with you, Ann and the rest of the family.
Mary Miller
December 26, 2020
I was saddened to learn of John’s death. John was a friend and an outstanding colleague who loved our department and university. He always exhibited a positive outlook and maintained a delightful sense of humor. Above all, he was a person of integrity and helped guide our department in creating and fostering our Center for Professional and Applied Ethics. We extend our deep sympathy to John’s wife Ann and their two daughters. Bill and Carol Gay
Bill Gay
December 26, 2020
My condolences to you and your family. May the God of comfort be with you all during this difficult time. (2 Cor. 1:2-4)
December 24, 2020
Rest In Peace John L! We will all miss your warmth and smile.
John Love
December 23, 2020
I want to extend my deepest sympathies to Ann, Sarah and Amy. John was my oldest brother and I am the youngest. We are like two bookends on a wonderful family. John was a source of great love and pride to our close knit family. It was always wonderful when John came to Maine to visit with us. Thanks for being such a great brother to us all!
Kathryn Gabrielle
December 21, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
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