Readers of Prosblogion will want to know that J. Howard Sobel died on March 26, 2010. Klaas Kraay forwarded his obiturary to me today, which I post below. He was a good friend and colleague, and a welcome and frequent visitor to the Brackenridge Philosophy Symposium. He loved talking about philosophy (during the Brackenridge Symposia, he’d talk philosophy at my home, with more energy than any of us, late into the evening), and had (as anyone who has met him will attest) one of the sharpest minds in the business.
David Johnson told me recently that he thought Howard’s *Logic and Theism* was the best book of it’s kind. I certainly agree. But he also made major contributions to decision theory, the logic of counterfactuals, ethical theory and metaethics. Much of his work is posted on his [site](http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~sobel/). Howard was unfailingly kind, patient, and generous to me, no matter how often I sought his advice or asked his opinion (and that was very often). I’ll never forget that. I’ll miss him a lot.
JORDAN HOWARD SOBEL
Jordan Howard Sobel, beloved husband of the late Willa (nee Freeman) and loving father of the late Grace Ann, passed away peacefully on March 26, 2010 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Howard is survived by his dear sister Shirlee Goldman-Herzog; his sister in law Georgeanne Freeman; his nieces and their spouses, Judy and Donald Martin, Marilyn and Fred Oskin, Barbara Goldman-Wartell and Kevin Wartell, and Patti Goldman and Rick Kirst; his great-nieces and nephews, Tovah, Aaron, Jodi, Samuel, Mandy, Jeremy, Michael, MiRit, Ari, Martin and Ethan; his great-great nephew Nathan and his great-great niece Elizabeth. Howard, son of the late Gertrude (Barmash) and George Sobel, was born on September 22, 1929, in Chicago, Illinois, and graduated from Hyde Park High School in Chicago. He proceeded to earn degrees from the
University of Illinois, the University of Iowa and the University of Michigan, as well as an
Honorary Doctor of Philosophy from Uppsala University in Sweden in 2003. At the time of his death, Howard, a highly respected member of his profession and the author of four important philosophy books, was active as a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto and a Visiting Professor at the University of Uppsala in Sweden. A long-time resident of West Hill, Ontario, and a citizen of the United States and Canada, Howard enjoyed his trips with his sister Shirlee and treasured being a part of numerous family celebrations. We will miss him greatly. A memorial service will be held Sunday, April 25, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. at the Ralph Campbell Lounge of the University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus.