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Tom Riley

Professor of Philosophy
Office: 107 MJH 
Mail Stop: 1800 
Phone: 6605 


Degrees earned: B.A., Creighton University; Ph.L. Katholieke Universiteit Leuven; M.A./Ph.D., University of Iowa

Professional experience: Administrative director of the Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Program, University of Iowa; developmental editor for Physics and Astronomy, Wm. C. Brown Publishers; director of Campus Ministry, Clarke.

Teaching philosophy: Communication of my love for learning and my discipline. Stop in to see me and I’ll tell you all about it.

Clarke’s impact on Tom: Community is among the keys to happiness, and I’m grateful to Clarke for that.

Tom’s impact on students: Positive, I hope.

Tom’s favorite:

Movie – Brazil 

Book – The Last Temptation of Christ by Nikos Kazantzakis

Quote – “Many people would sooner die than think. In fact they do.” Bertrand Russell

Class in college – Many … philosophy (obviously), art history, composition, classics

Place traveled – Portugal, Crete, Belgium

Hobby – Music (guitar, accordion, mandolin, singing), golf, handy-man stuff

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