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Head of Hardin-Simmons University Philosophy Department Dies Suddenly

By Janlyn Thaxton



Professor of philosophy and head of the philosophy department in the Cynthia Ann Parker College of Liberal Arts at Hardin-Simmons University Dr. Timothy Maddox died suddenly early yesterday afternoon while at work.HSU President Dr. Lanny Hall notified faculty and staff that Dr. Maddox collapsed in the hall of the Skiles Building and was rushed to Hendrick Medical Center. “Emergency personnel, including those from HSU, were there immediately, however, Hendrick doctors were unable to resuscitate him and confirmed his death,” said Hall in the 3:30 p.m. notice to the campus.{{more}}Maddox first came to HSU as a student, graduating in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in Bible and religion with a minor in philosophy.Dr. Maddox held two master’s degrees, earning a Master of Divinity in 1982 and a Master of Christian Philosophy in 1992, both from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.Maddox earned his doctorate in Christian philosophy in 1997, also from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, while working as an instructor of philosophy at Jefferson Community College and Bellarmine College in Louisville.He came back to HSU in 2004 as an associate professor of philosophy. He was currently teaching critical thinking, applied ethics, logic, and several courses on the history of philosophy.Dr. Alan Stafford dean of the Cynthia Ann Parker College of Liberal Arts says Maddox was heading to a 1:30 class meeting downtown when he collapsed. Stafford said EMTs were called as several HSU faculty and staff worked to resuscitate him.Stafford says Maddox’s wife, Alana, and their 14-year-old son were on their way back to Abilene from visiting relatives in Arkansas when they were contacted about his collapse. Dr. Dan Stiver, Cook-Derrick Chair of Theology at HSU, and his wife, Beth, met Alana and Luke in Dallas to escort them home, said Stafford.Describing Maddox as a Christian gentleman who loved his family, his colleagues, and his students, Stafford says, “He was an HSU graduate who told me when he became a faculty member in 2004 that returning to his alma mater was the highlight of his professional career.”Stafford says, “He was an outstanding classroom teacher who was recently honored with the liberal arts teaching excellence award. Tim was a wonderful friend and colleague who will be missed by his students and his friends from across our campus.” Dr. Hall asked the HSU family to pray for his wife and sons, Luke and Seth, “As they deal with the pain of this unexpected and untimely loss.”

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