August 19, 2008
Two Longtime Webster Professors Die
Art Sandler Died: Saturday, August 09, 2008
Art Sandler, professor of philosophy at Webster University and former resident of Webster Groves and Kirkwood, died suddenly of a massive stroke on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008.
Born in New York City, Mr. Sandler received his B.S. from City College of New York and an M.A. in philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh. He lived for a few years in Oregon before settling in St. Louis; he joined the Webster faculty in 1970.
Mr. Sandler distinguished himself in numerous ways at Webster University: He founded the International Human Rights Program and served at various times as president of the faculty, chair of the College of Arts & Sciences, chair of the Department of Philosophy, and chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies.
Mr. Sandler will be remembered as a gifted teacher and invaluable colleague. He was a committed political activist who began the first Human Rights undergraduate program in the country at Webster University.
"For Art, organizing support for Guatemalan human rights activists or speaking out about unfair treatment of students, staff or other faculty were all part of the same mission," said fellow professor Dan Hellinger in a eulogy he penned in memory of Mr. Sandler. "Our friend and colleague was as much part of the fabric of Webster University as the classrooms, books, Frisbee on the lawns, or spring flowers at commencement time. He was simply a presence that helped define the character of our lives in the institution."
In response to Hellinger's eulogy, which is posted on the Webster University College of Arts and Sciences Web page, many colleagues and former students posted tributes to Mr. Sandler.
"I owe Art so much," said Webster alumna Lauren Paulk. "I feel like he provided the foundation for my success in the human rights field, and taught me how to build on it. The world owes Art so much."
Mr. Sandler is survived by his wife, Vicki Woods; a son and daughter, Michael and Rebecca, whom he raised with his first wife, Arlene; four grandchildren; and two brothers.
Memorials may be made to the Human Rights Education Project, c/o Webster University, 470 E. Lockwood Ave., St. Louis, Mo. 63119.
Earl L. Henry Died: Saturday, July 26, 2008
Earl L. Henry, professor and director of the B.A. program in music at Webster University, died suddenly on Saturday, July 26, 2008.
Dr. Henry was a native of East Tennessee where he was a successful high school band director before obtaining a Ph.D. in music theory from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He received a B.A. in music from East Tennessee State University and an M.A. in music from the University of Tennessee.
Dr. Henry joined the Webster University faculty in 1976. He authored numerous books, including texts on fundamentals of music, musicianship, and music theory. He served on editorial review boards of professional periodicals and as a consultant to the Educational Testing Service. He was active at state and national levels in the American Association of University Professors.
Dr. Henry was the husband of Christine M. (nee Knapp) Henry; friend to many; devoted teacher, author, musician, world traveler and animal lover. He will be missed by all who loved him. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society of America, www.cancer.org; or the Humane Society of Missouri, www.hsmo.org.