J. Peter Euben
1939 - 2018
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J. Peter Euben
July 18, 1939-May 28, 2018
Silver Spring, MD
J. Peter Euben, whose pioneering scholarship and intellectual curiosity made him a mentor to generations of students, passed away on May 28, 2018 at the age of 78. His professional life was devoted to teaching political theory to undergraduate and graduate students, for 34 years at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and then, beginning in 2002, at Duke University, where he taught for much of the next decade. He earned his B.A. in philosophy at Swarthmore College, and his Ph.D in political science at UC Berkeley in 1968. At both UCSC and Duke, Euben was a gifted, renowned, and beloved teacher. His singular teaching style mixed intense intellectual engagement and passionate commitment to political action with a mischievous sense of humor (bad puns were a specialty) and dramatic flair that made ideas--and their consequences--come alive. Euben's scholarship was also strikingly innovative and generative. His studies of ancient political thought were ground-breaking in their inclusion of Greek tragedy, drama and comedy; in their attention to literary style; and in their sensitivity to political and rhetorical context. Euben was also a loving father and doting grandfather. He is survived by two daughters, Donna and Roxanne, two sons-in-law, Mark Smith and Jonathan Perry, and three grandchildren, Lauren 15, Jenna 13, and Asha 7. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.


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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Aug. 12, 2018.
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August 14, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Peter fondly, from the days when I worked in Faculty Services at UCSC. He was so kind and generous with the staff. I still have a beautiful clay bowl that he gave me for Christmas one year, and remember him every time I use it. Was so sorry to hear of his passing.

With love and blessings,
Julie Reiner
August 11, 2018
We are so sorry for your loss. May God give the strength and comfort needed at this most difficult time. Please accept our sincere condolences. Psalm 147:3.
The Fennell Family
August 10, 2018
May the wonderful memories you have of your loved one provide a measure of comfort to you until God's promises are fulfilled
Matthew 5:5
G Cameron
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