Lexington, Virginia • June 29, 2010
Charles Thomas Boggs, professor emeritus of philosophy at Washington and Lee University and a member of its Class of 1966, died June 27 from complications of Alzheimer's disease. He was 66. He spent 37 years on the faculty, arriving as an instructor in 1970 and retiring as a full professor in 2007.
"Chuck was that special breed of W&L professor," said W&L President Kenneth P. Ruscio. "He obtained his undergraduate degree here and then spent his entire teaching career at his alma mater. His students knew that he cared about them and the University, and about the natural environment of Rockbridge County and Virginia."
Boggs was born June 16, 1944, in Huntington, W.Va. As a student at W&L, he belonged to Delta Upsilon fraternity and earned a B.A. in philosophy.
He obtained his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Texas in 1974. His dissertation was titled Nietzsche's Polemic against Christianity; he also conducted research on Wittgenstein, Kierkegaard, epistemology and language. One of his most popular courses was Environmental Ethics.
Boggs also studied the management of wilderness areas and national forests. He served in leadership posts for organizations such as the Rich Hole Wilderness Management Committee and the St. Mary's Wilderness Management Committee, both in the George Washington National Forest, and the Rockbridge Area Conservation Council. He also was influential in the founding of the Environmental Studies Program at Washington and Lee.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Jean Burns Boggs; his sons, Charles T. Boggs III (and wife Lynne), Ethan A. Boggs and Jeremy L. Boggs; and his parents, Jeanne and H.T. Boggs.
Funeral arrangements are private.