Antioch College mourns the loss of Dr. Robert S. (Bob) Fogarty, an indispensable member of the Antiochian community and a literary giant. Bob passed away this morning in Yellow Springs.
Bob was recently named Editor Emeritus of The Antioch Review which he has stewarded with distinction since 1977. He joined the Antioch College History faculty in 1968, was named John Dewey Professor Emeritus in the Humanities in 1980, and was honored with the J.D. Dawson Award—which recognizes significant contributions to Antioch College—in 2019.
“Bob Fogarty has been a shining star within the Antioch College constellation for decades,” said incoming College President Dr. Jane Fernandes. “His scholarship and mentorship have impacted generations of Antioch students. But his legacy extends far beyond the halls of our College through his outstanding leadership of The Antioch Review, making it one of the most important voices in the world of literature and contemporary ideas.”
“It is with sadness that I learned of Bob Fogarty’s passing,” shared Associate Professor of History Kevin McGruder who until recently served as Vice President for Academic Affairs. “He had worked his way back through many health challenges in the past, and when I learned a few days ago that his health had taken a turn for the worse, I hoped that he would be able to rally once again. The recent decision by the College to name Bob as Editor Emeritus of The Antioch Review was an important public acknowledgement that through his decades of service as Editor, he played a major role in making The Review one of the leaders in academic journals nationally, which is quite a legacy.”
“Bob Fogarty was my faculty mentor when I first came to Antioch College as a Visiting Assistant Professor in 2002,” said David Kammler, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Vice President for Academic Affairs. “He shared with me his wit, his wisdom, and an unrivaled, serious pursuit of knowledge, just like he had for many generations of Antiochians, past and present.”
Survivors include his spouse, Katherine Kadish, his son, David Fogarty, and his daughter, Suzanne Fogarty. A full obituary will be posted at a later date when his family is ready.
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