Among the most notable recent retirements at LMU, Dr. James Hanink stepped down after decades of service. A faculty colleague had this to say about him:
Professor James Hanink served since the 1970s at LMU, excelling especially in the classroom. He assigned numerous essays for students to write and returned them promptly with oceans of red ink as suggested improvements for the next round. His students reported that they were both challenged and edified by his teaching which stretched them to think more concretely about questions both metaphysical and practical. His stories and jokes lightened the philosophical load. Jim’s scholarly productivity was steady and focused on questions interesting to philosophers in the analytic tradition (such as Elizabeth Anscombe) and the continental tradition (such as Edith Stein). With his colleagues, he generously read and commented on drafts of papers as well as seminar presentations. Jim was well known, on campus and off, for his concern for the Catholic identity of LMU, especially as it related to issues of justice for human beings waiting to be born. This concern for the most weak and vulnerable in the human family also manifested itself in terms of Jim’s personal involvement with the Mother Teresa’s sisters, the Missionaries of Charity, and Dorothy Day’s Catholic Worker Movement.
Dr. Hanink was the most forceful, eloquent, and steadfast voice of Catholic social teaching on campus for a generation. His teaching and his example inspired countless to live their Catholic faith more fully by working to defend the weakest in society.
How blessed I was in my four years to know him and learn from him. Sadly, faculty like Dr. Hanink have become the minority at LMU. Happily, we have his example of faith and trust in God and persistence in prayer as a model as we work to renew LMU.
God bless you, Jim and Elizabeth. Thank you for your years of service. May you enjoy many happy years of retirement.
I’ve been acquainted with this Dr. Hanink for about 43 years, and I attended Loyola Marymount University twice (but not in the way you are thinking).
In some private circles, Prof. Hanink is known by the codenames “Budga”, “Pops”, or simply Dad. Whether inside or outside of said circles, he’s always been ready to vigorously teach, admonish, support, and generally share his friendship and faith with many who are prepared to listen, and many more who are not.
Pops can offer words of encouragement in times of need and fitting rebukes when warranted, but, in any case, his words are carefully measured, thoughtful, and wise. This is a manner I’d expect from an old, retired, hard-of-hearing philosopher… but it is a manner I wouldn’t change for anything.
Well, if you’d like to get in touch with him and don’t mind losing a game of chess, he can often be found laying down the law at his new haunt, gameknot.com – jimhanink70: rating 1711, 11 wins, 1 loss, 0 draws (current as of 4/17/2016). If that doesn’t speak for itself, he’s been known to muse, “Chess is not a game but an art in the form of a game.”
Pops – cheers to your many years of service, and thank you for a lifetime of good example that will be long remembered and cherished by your children and grandchildren.
He was the best professor I had at LMU. He challenged me to think critically and helped me learn to debate with logic and not emotion. He’ll truly be missed
He was one of the few Catholics on staff.