Samuel Hux, Rest in Peace

Long-time NER contributing editor and Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at York College CUNY, Samuel Hux has died.

Professor Hux taught in the English Department at CUNY before switching mid-career to the Department of History and Philosophy—which journey was only appropriate since he has functioned as a literary critic, philosopher, and intellectual historian, when not writing familiar essays and the occasional brief memoir hiding within a “think piece.”  He is happy to have avoided academic specialist journals (after all, what would his “specialty” be?) preferring to reach the general educated reader in cultural reviews like New English Review—as well as The Antioch ReviewCommentary, Commonweal, Dissent, Modern Age, New Criterion, New Oxford Review, The New Republic, Saturday Review, and others.  A native Tarheel, he graduated from and often daydreams of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill—but judges that his education would have been the poorer had he not attended Benning’s School for Boys, officially known as The Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia. He is the author of Neither Trumpets nor Violins with Kenneth Francis and Theodore Dalrymple (2022).

Farewell, dear friend, until we meet again on that distant shore.


10 Responses

  1. Sam was not only a gentleman and a scholar, but also a great philosopher. Condolences to his family and friends, and may he R.I.P.

  2. An excellent, brilliant, and talented man.
    Privilege to have known him and read his work.
    Condolences to his family.

  3. A charter member of the York faculty (1967), Sam taught literature, philosophy and the touchstones of Western Civilization. His enjoyment of the act showed, and so his students enjoyed him. He was, as well, a prolific and elegant essayist on topics ranging from baseball to Existentialism, and his conversation (informed by an astonishing memory) was just as rich. He was ever an engaging and generous colleague, supportive and good-humored (often wickedly so). He was a friend – tried and true – for over fifty-five years.

  4. Samuel Hux was by far the best teacher I have ever had! He projected an almost ineffable quality that inspired me to compose the best essays and term papers I have ever written.

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