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.