William Aiken ’69

22 August 2006

Class: 1969

Major: Religion

Deceased: July 31, 2006

William H. Aiken, Jr., age 59, of O’Hara Township, died on July 31, 2006, at his home from complications of cancer. He was born April 19, 1947 to the late William H. Aiken, Sr. and Rosemary Aiken Sitting, now residing in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Mr. Aiken was Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Chatham College, Pittsburgh, for 28 years. He received a B.A. from Carleton College, a Master of Divinity from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Vanderbilt University. Professor Aiken has spent sabbatical leaves researching at the Australian National University and the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. He was an active member of the Religious Society of Friends, (Quakers), in Pittsburgh, and served on their ministry committee.

He was also a member of the Pittsburgh Bach Choir, The American Philosophical Society, and the Ethics Committee at Shadyside Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Sally Aiken, and children Travis Aiken, Jesse Aiken and Rebecca Aiken, all of O’Hara Township, and his sister, Rosemary Call of Woodbridge, Connecticut. A Quaker Memorial Service was held at Faith United Methodist Church, Fox Chapel. Burial will be private.

Memorials may be made to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburg, 15243; Chatham Baroque musical ensemble, The Ice House, #201, 100 43rd St., Pittsburgh, 15201 or The Religious Society of Friends, 4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh 15213.

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  • 2019-02-15 09:00:31
    Lucy Steiner

    One sunny early spring day Will was holding a sleepy garter snake.  I was impressed at his comfort with this creature and his willingness to share its presence with whomever happened by on their way to lunch.

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