Walt Fuchs, who taught philosophy at Towson University for more than four decades, died of cancer Feb. 11 in a hospital in Gottingen, Germany. The Towson resident was 71.
Born Wolfgang Walter Fuchs in Berlin and raised in Pittsburgh, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from Duquesne University and a doctorate at Pennsylvania State University. He was a specialist in phenomenology and existential philosophy.
He joined the faculty at Towson University in 1969 and taught until 2013.
"He was a devoted teacher," said a former student, Alexander E. Hooke, a Remington resident who teaches philosophy at Stevenson University. "He encouraged his students to stay active in philosophy but also things outside the field, such as law or the arts. He knew they could not always get a job in philosophy."
Dr. Fuchs was the co-editor of "Encounters with Alphonso Lingis," a 2003 collection of essays about the retired Penn State professor who also taught philosophy.