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Herman L. Sinaiko, longtime College professor and Plato scholar, 1929-2011

Update: A memorial service for Herman L. Sinaiko will take place Friday, Nov. 18 at 4 p.m. in Bond Chapel. Seating will begin at 3:30.

Herman L. Sinaiko, a beloved teacher in the College and a scholar of Plato, died Sunday, Oct. 2 in Hyde Park after battling lung cancer. He was 82.

Sinaiko received his PhD in 1961 from the Department of Philosophy and the Committee on Social Thought. He taught in the College for 57 years and served as dean of students in the College from 1982 to 1986 and was known to generations of undergraduates as a thoughtful, rigorous and devoted teacher.

From the University News Office:

“Herman Sinaiko was an enormously brilliant teacher who enriched and transformed the lives of the thousands of undergraduates whom he taught at Chicago,” said John W. Boyer, dean of the College. “He leaves a powerful legacy of service to the University and the College.”

Sinaiko’s deep ties to the University were established during his years as an undergraduate living in Burton-Judson Courts. A proud “Hutchins baby,” Sinaiko entered the College in 1945 at the age of 16 and received his bachelor’s degree in 1947.

A fund has been established in Sinaiko’s honor. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Herman Sinaiko Research Fellowship Fund, the Office of the College Dean,  1116 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637.

To read the article from the University News office click here.

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