May 24, 2019

Bowdoin’s C. Douglas McGee

BRUNSWICK — C. Douglas McGee, professor of philosophy emeritus at Bowdoin College, died Wednesday, December 22, in Kirchberg/Wechsel, Austria, after suffering a heart attack. He was 67.

McGee joined the Bowdoin faculty in 1963 as associate professor of philosophy. Promoted to the rank of full professor in 1967, he was chairman of Bowdoin’s department of philosophy several times. He was voted professor emeritus by the Bowdoin College Governing Boards on June 30, 1993.

McGee set forth his own philosophy in a book, “The Recovery of Meaning,” which was published in 1966. In it McGee addressed what he perceived to be a crisis in the fields of ethics and theory of knowledge.

McGee spent his early years in Oklahoma and served in the U.S. Army infantry during World War II. He graduated from Northwestern in 1949 and earned his master’s degree there in 1950. He was awarded his doctorate from Harvard University in 1957. Before coming to Bowdoin, he taught at Vassar College for nearly 10 years.

McGee is survived by his wife, Phoebe McGee of Brunswick; three daughters, two sons and several grandchildren.

In place of flowers, contributions may be made to the Lawrence Scholarship Fund at Bowdoin College for students residing in the state of Maine.

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