April 27, 2004
Dr. Sylvia Culp, associate professor of philosophy at Western Michigan University, died April 23. She was 50.
Culp, a faculty member since 1992, came to WMU from a teaching position at the University of California, San Diego. She was a graduate advisor and served as the Department of Philosophy's associate chairperson for the 2003-04 academic year.
Her areas of specialization included the philosophy of science, biology and social science. Culp was nationally known in the area of biomedical ethics and was a frequent contributor to scientific literature on such topics as cloning and genetic testing.
She earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry and a doctoral degree in microbiology, both from the University of Virginia-Charlotteville. She also earned a doctoral degree in philosophy from UCSD in 1992. Prior to beginning her philosophy studies there, she held postdoctoral fellowships in molecular biology, biochemistry and immunology at Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation and at Stony Brook University.
Widely published in professional journals that focus on philosophy and biology, Culp also was a frequent speaker whose lectures in recent years were given at major universities around the nation and at the National Institutes of Health.
A June 12 memorial service is being planned. Details will be announced later.
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