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Oberlin professor dies of apparent suicide


VALLEY VIEW — An Oberlin College professor died in an apparent suicide Sunday morning.

According to Valley View police, Timothy Hall, 48, of Oberlin, jumped off the Interstate 480 overpass about 6 a.m. Sunday. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A Facebook page for the Oberlin Philosophy Department said Hall joined the department in 2000 and received tenure in 2007. He taught a wide range of courses in ethics and political and legal philosophy.

In a statement, Tim Elgren, dean of arts and sciences, said Hall was a dedicated and deeply engaged teacher as well as an accomplished philosopher with a breadth of expertise that spanned ethical theory, normative ethics, medical ethics, philosophy of law, and political philosophy.

“He was praised by his students for his demanding courses, creating an engaging learning environment, and an enduring interest in them and their development,” Elgren said.

Hall also contributed to the college through his service as chair of philosophy, a member and chair of the law and society committee, faculty adviser to the Oberlin College Republicans and Libertarians, supervising the Ronald Reagan Political Lectureship Series and was a committee member of the Oberlin Debate Series.

“He will be remembered by his students and colleagues as one who was deeply committed to the importance of exploring diverse perspectives on society’s most challenging issues, a core value of the liberal arts,” Elgren said.

Contact Jodi Weinberger at 329-7245 or Follow her on Twitter @Jodi_Weinberger.

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