James L. Spates P’00, P’09

Professor Emeritus of Sociology
1971-2014

Spates

A Professor of Sociology at the Colleges from 1971 to 2014, Spates enriched the lives of HWS students for more than 40 years through courses in sociology and urban studies, with special attention to the study of values and human nature. Through his flagship course “Two Cities,” co-taught for more than 20 years alongside Emeritus Professor of Economics Patrick McGuire L.H.D. ’18, Spates redefined the boundaries of the classroom by bringing students to New York City and Toronto to analyze urban life at the “street-level” through a bidisciplinary lens.

After joining the faculty in 1971, Spates earned an early promotion to become a full professor at the Colleges in 1984. He became the first faculty member to be awarded the Classes of 1964 Endowed Chair, having been elected to the position by the faculty and unanimously voted in favor of by the HWS Board of Trustees. Spates received more than a dozen Faculty Research Grants during his tenure, in addition to awards for his contributions to the curriculum (1985-86) and to the Colleges’ community life (1979-80).

His scholarship has focused on the quality of social and city life and on the life and work of Ruskin, about whom he wrote his book, The Imperfect Round: Helen Gill Viljoen’s Life of Ruskin. Currently, he is at work on another book, Availing Toward Life: The Radical Social Thought of John Ruskin. In addition, he is the author of numerous scholarly articles about Ruskin, is the author of the website Why Ruskin, and has frequently lectured on him in venues both in the U.S. and abroad.

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DFA RECIPIENTS

2019

James L. Spates P'00, P'09

2018

Elena Ciletti

Patrick A. McGuire L.H.D.'12

2017

Jim Crenner

Benjamin Daise

Maureen Flynn P'09, P'12, P'16*

2016

Roger Farrand '49, P'78

Lois F. Nellis '46*

Ann B. Oaks '74, P'84, P'85, P'89

2014

Claudette Kemper Columbus

2013

Nicholas V. D'Angelo P'98

2012

Peter R. Beckman

Leonard Lawson L.H.D. '68*

Tom Millington

John George Van Deusen P'43

2011

Mary Gerhart

Joel Kerlan, P'89

Deborah Tall*

2010

Joseph N. Abraham, L.H.D. '81*

Donald L. Woodrow P'83, GP'15

2008

Valerie C. Saiving

William G. Hosking '47, P'74*

2007

Walter A. Ralls

2006

Valerie Kish

Frank O’Laughlin*

2004

John Loftus P'75, P'76, P'91*

Toni Flores P'94*

2003

Richard Heaton P'86*

Marvin Bram P'91, L.H.D. ’99

2002

Joseph DiGangi

Eugene F. Murphy P'74, L.H.D. '90*

2001

Ralph Bullard*

Kenneth Carle P'82, P'84, P'90

2000

Benjamin P. Atkinson, L.H.D. '86*

Otto Eugene Schoen-René*

John Lydenberg*

Lindsay A. J. Lafford P'65, P'71, L.H.D. '87*

1999

Robert A. Huff*

1998

Theodore Tellefsen Odell '20, Sc. D.'67*

Irving O. Bentsen '54

1997

Charles Delamater Vail '59, L.H.D.'04*

John Archer Silver*

Charles John Rose '76*

Francis Phillip Nash*

Joseph H. McDaniels, LL.D. '11*

1996

Abigail Mosey*

Brooks Otis, L.H.D. '77*

1995

John Muirheid*

Maynard O. Smith P'76

1993

Richard A. Ryan

William Pitt Durfee, LL.D. '22*

Walter Hetherington Durfee '08, Sc.D. '59*

1992

Elon Howard Eaton*

Edward E. Griffith, L.H.D. '88*

1991

Milton Haight Turk, LL.D. '38*

Kathryn Dapp Cook, L.H.D. '84*

1990

Horace Webster*

John Towler*

Hamilton Lanphere Smith, D.Sc. 1900*


* deceased

 

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