Arthur G. Madden, 90, philosophy professor

April 22, 2002

Arthur G. Madden, 90, philosophy professor

Arthur G. Madden, a retired philosophy professor at Towson University and in Loyola College's evening division, died of renal failure Friday at his home in Sea Girt, N.J. He was 90.

Born in New York City, Dr. Madden earned his master's degree from Columbia University and his doctorate from Fordham University and began his teaching career at St. Peter's Preparatory School in New Jersey.

He moved to the Baltimore area after joining the faculty of Mount St. Agnes College as a philosophy professor in 1943. Teaching posts at Towson and at Loyola followed and, in 1983, Dr. Madden was awarded the President's Award for Distinguished Service to Towson.

In 1946, he married Mary Nicholson. They raised their four children in Mount Washington and the home was frequently filled with reflective discussion about everything from religion to philosophy to the world, said his daughter, Mary Madden of Baltimore.

"It was really a far better education than school was," she said, adding that her friends would often opt to take Dr. Madden's classes after talking with him around the dinner table.

"His students loved him, and he really loved his teaching career," she said. "He was so dedicated to it."

Dr. Madden was also a member of the Villa Julie College board of trustees from 1971 to 1989 and held memberships in several philosophy associations.

After his retirement in 1986, Dr. Madden and his wife spent time in Baltimore and in Sea Girt. Mrs. Madden died in 1997.

A son, Peter Madden, died in 1998.

Plans for services are pending.

Other survivors include daughters Jennie Hull-Madden of Forestville, Calif., and Michele Madden of Neptune, N.J.

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