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To the Editor:
The obituary for Prof. Eugene Feingold, appearing
in the Oct. 21 University Record, reported accurately
the wide range of his accomplishments and interests.
Permit me to record some other facts, at least as
important as those, about this splendid colleague whom
we have lost.
Gene Feingold was the fullest personification of a civil libertarian
that I have ever known. He cared very deeply about racial justice, and
genuinely free speech, and all the many rights of vulnerable citizens,
of course, and he did, indeed, fight for these effectively as a leader
of the American Civil Liberties Union. But also as an ordinary citizen,
and as a citizen of our University, and as a thoughtful friend, fairness
was his constant pursuit.
He was the soul of a truly just man, a patient and thoughtful man, a gracious
and courteous man, a man of great intellectual penetration and generous
spirit. He was calm and good humored in his quest for justice, but he
was also tenacious and exceedingly wise.
Gene Feingold was a jewel in our community; he made us better, and he
made me proud. Others will come to take his place, of course—but
no one will ever replace him.
Carl Cohen, Prof. of Philosophy
Residential College, LSA