As part of its celebration of 20 years of bioethics education, The Bioethics Program of Clarkson University’s Lewis School of Health Sciences and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai will continue its lecture series titled “Pioneering Bioethics: An Anniversary Celebration” on Oct. 8.
The Bioethics Program’s second lecture in the series is a memorial panel for Robert M. Veatch. Prof. Veatch’s friends, colleagues and students will reflect on his many contributions to bioethics scholarship and education.
On November 9, 2020, Robert M. Veatch, PhD, a founding figure in the field of bioethics, died. Prof. Veatch was a prolific scholar whose contributions to the field spanned authoring countless books and articles, serving the profession, as a journal editor, and society, as a consultant to the Karen Ann Quinlan legal case, advisor to the President’s Commission, committee member for ethics boards, counseling scholars around the world, and teaching and mentoring students. Prof. Veatch was also one of the founding faculty members in The Bioethics Program, and he helped to ensure its successful launch.
Kevin Daugherty Hook, DNP, MS, MSB, APN, AGPCNP-BC, ACHPN, who is the Director of Community-Based Palliative Medicine at Samaritan Healthcare in Mt. Laurel, NJ and who learned from Veatch while working on his Masters of Science in Bioethics at Clarkson, said he looks forward to hearing from those who worked with Veatch in the field, but also is eager to hear more personal stories during the panel.
“It would be hard to overestimate what Bob Veatch meant to the field of bioethics. He was there at the beginning of bioethics as a true field of study and influenced how we understand the study of bioethics,” Hook said. “He was known for his humility and generosity of spirit. He was willing to share his expertise in bioethics with diverse groups: undergraduate and graduate students, as well as peers, and the community as a whole.”
The Bioethics Program’s virtual lecture series celebrates the program’s history and future. The monthly, free public panel discussions will run through February. The first panel focused on the challenges of bringing clinical ethics education online.
For more information on this webinar and the rest of the upcoming webinar series, or to register for the event, visit clarkson.edu/bioethics-program-20th-anniversary.