Brian Rudrick (Posthumous 1959 - 2013)
Dr. Brian F. Rudrick was a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada and a Pathologist and Laboratory Director for Grey Bruce Health Services when he began taking Waterloo Philosophy courses part-time by Extended Learning in 1996. He completed his Bachelor's degree in 2007. He studied everything from history of philosophy to political philosophy, and from logic to existentialism, while mixing in courses in Sociology, Economics and Mathematics.
Brian was an active supporter of the Department of Philosophy and the University of Waterloo. He was a willing visitor to undergraduate and graduate classes in the Department, giving talks and lectures that demonstrated how the critical thinking, communication, and analytical skills essential to good philosophy are important to decision making in a medical setting. He exemplified what it is to contribute philosophically to professional and public life. His willingness to share his story about the value he found in studying philosophy was of lasting value to the Department. For his generous donation of his time, his financial support of Philosophy education at Waterloo, and his inspiring example of lifelong learning, the Department of Philosophy unanimously voted to recognize Brian F. Rudrick as a Friend of the Philosophy Department. Dr. Rudrick graciously agreed to accept the honour shortly before his sudden and tragic death in March 2013. The Department remembers his friendship with affection and gratitude.
The Brian Rudrick Visiting Scholar in Philosophy is made possible by a generous gift from the estate of Dr. Brian F. Rudrick