Dr. James Montmarquet
1947 - 2018
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Dr. James Montmarquet

Nashville - NASHVILLE, - Dr. James Montmarquet, 70, passed away on Tuesday, February 21st, 2018 due to complications from ALS. James, the son of the Ralph and Yvonne (Montmarquet) Goodhill, was born on May 4th, 1947, in North Caldwell, NJ. He received his BA from The George Washington University in 1969, and his MA and PhD from the University of Chicago (1971-78).

James is survived by his wife, Jeanne Marie Antoinette Montmarquet of Nashville, his step-son Edward Sereboo; his son, Michael Montmarquet of Stuart, FL, his grandson, Connor Montmarquet of Bellevue, TN, and his daughter, Marie Montmarquet of San Francisco, CA; his brothers Doug Goodhill, of Baltimore, MD, and Roger Goodhill, of Beacon, NY, and his sister, Anne Gohorel, of Andes, NY.

Dr. James Montmarquet taught at Tennessee State University in Nashville from 1986 to 2017, and was dedicated to both the field of philosophy and his students. He specialized in the Philosophy of Religion, Theory of Knowledge, and Moral and Analytic Philosophy. He authored three books, Epistemic Virtue and Doxastic Responsibility, Conversations on Moral Issues, and The Idea of Agrarianism. He co-authored Reflections: An Anthology of African American Philosophy with William H. Hardy. Dr. Montmarquet wrote numerous articles and reviews for professional journals and publications, and was the recipient of many grants and awards.

In addition to teaching and writing, Jim was an avid runner, cyclist, and swimmer. During his time as an assistant professor at Washington State University in the late 1980s, Jim established a baseball league with the neighborhood children. He had the only lawn in town with designated bases and a pitcher's mound. He was loved by all of the children there. He was a member of the Nashville Striders for many years, and enjoyed running 5Ks with his son, Michael.

Jim was blessed with a great sense of humor and the ability to tell a captivating story. He also possessed a robust memory and could recall minutia from books read long ago, as easily as he could recall stories from his childhood.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 3rd at Spring Hill Funeral Home, 5110 Gallatin Pike, and Nashville, TN 37216. A celebration of Jim's life will begin at 4 p.m.

Condolences may be sent to the family at springhillfh.com/obituaries/James-Montmarquet/

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Published in Tennessean on Mar. 1, 2018.
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February 23, 2019
"It seems like yesterday" ~ and always will. If Jim were alive today, perhaps his words would anneal some of the great wounds in our current discourse. My heart still mourns the loss of this fine friend. Carolyn Moran
Carolyn Moran
March 1, 2018
Saddened by the loss of my good friend and favorite discussant during our time together at TSU, 1997-2002. Brilliant, bemused, calm and most importantly, kind: Jim, you are remembered as a gracious scholar.
Carolyn Moran
March 1, 2018
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