Longtime philosophy professor John H. Haddox, who taught generations of students during more than 50 years at UTEP, died Saturday from health complications. He was 87.
Haddox had been one of the longest-serving professors at the University of Texas at El Paso when he retired at the age of 85.
Haddox had a jovial teaching style that sought to engage his students, who he would take on educational trips to Europe and Mexico.
“John Haddox’s distinguished career at UTEP made an indelible impact on many generations of students,” UTEP President Diana Natalicio said in a statement. “He was respected and admired by his UTEP colleagues and members of the El Paso community for his enduring commitment to education and his efforts to promote human rights and social justice.”
Haddox continued to teach part time for two years following his retirement after 56 years at the university, his family said.
“The thing that I love about UTEP is that so many of our students are the first in their family to graduate,” Haddox told UTEP’s Nova Quartely magazine in 2007 — on his 50th year of teaching at the university.
“I wish them all the best. I can’t believe I get to be a part of that and have so much fun, too,” he told the magazine.
Haddox specialized in Latin American, Native American and Chicano philosophy, ethics, social and political philosophy.
He wrote books and has been credited with helping introduce the works of Mexican philosophers to English-speaking audiences more than 40 years ago.
Haddox’s love of teaching kept him in the university classroom into his 80s even as his voice had grown weaker, his son Tim Haddox said.
“He was kind of a different man in the classroom than at home. He was very low key at home,” Tim Haddox said. “In the classroom, he came very alive, engaging, captivating, a great speaker. He…