Remembering an English Professor, a Committed Progressive, and Lifelong Public Servant

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Jack Gilligan

John Joyce (“Jack”) Gilligan, died on August 26, 2013, at his home in Cincinnati, surrounded by his wife and family.  He was 92 years old.  After graduating from St. Xavier High School and University of Notre Dame, in WWII he was awarded a Silver Star for gallantry in action having served in both the Pacific and Atlantic theaters for the U.S. Navy.  He spent much of the rest of his life promoting peace, as a Democratic anti-war candidate for the U.S. Senate in 1968, as the Director for the Agency of International Development, and as the Co-Founder and initial Director of the Kroc Institute for Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

He served the people of Ohio in many elected offices: as Governor (1971-1975), as a Member of Congress (1965–1967), and as a Member of the Cincinnati City Council for 7 terms starting in 1953 and ending in…

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About martinkich

I am a Professor of English at Wright State University's Lake Campus, where I have been a faculty member for more than 25 years. I have now served multiple terms as the President of the WSU chapter of AAUP, which now includes all full-time instructional faculty, and as the Vice-President of the Ohio Conference of AAUP. I have also served several terms as an at-large member of the Executive Committee of AAUP's Collective Bargaining Congress. In addition to serving as co-editor of the Academe blog, I am also a member of the editorial board of Academe and have been a guest editor for an issue of the magazine on collective bargaining strategies. As co-chair of the Ohio Conference's Communication Committee, I began to do much more overtly political writing during the campaign to repeal Ohio's Senate Bill 5, which would have eliminated the right of faculty to be unionized. I have sustained that activism, and at the risk of stating the obvious, I have very much enjoyed contributing to the Academe Blog and to our chapter blog. I also maintain several other blogs to which I have re-posted, by topic, my posts to the Academe blog, as well as some other items.

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