From June 19, 2017
Just heard that an old friend passed away. Phil Merklinger, the other half of the philosophy department for the entire time I was at Augustana University College in Camrose. And, besides teaching together, we played together in what amounted to a bar band – his other great passion, after philosophy, and his family, was 60s music, especially Rolling Stones, and playing guitar.
He was as chill as any philosopher you’d ever meet. A delightful person, an excellent teacher, and a steady friend. I’m so sorry to know that I won’t have another chance to talk Hegel with him.