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Eric Strauss

I was so sorry to hear of Prof. Dolan's passing. He taught me Intro to Logic at the University of Minnesota in the early 1990s. (At least he tried, I wasn't a very good student.) I also had the pleasure of growing up around the corner from Prof. Dolan and would frequently see him on walks around Lake of the Isles with my dog Maggie. He was also happy to stop and talk about the world we live in and our place in it... A world which is worse off now that Prof. Dolan has departed.


I studied Logic with John Dolan at the University of Chicago in the late '60's. I was a bit of a loose cannon, opinionated and lazy. On one occasion, I preached at John on the meaning of Wittgenstein's PI. John was skeptical but actually listened to me. Some time later John and I were in his office talking and John recollected our earlier conversation. Standing, looking off into the middle distance John said, "Tommy, I thought you were full of sh*t. But now I'm not so sure." This was one of the nicest things any one has ever said to me and a comment I've cherished ever since.

Robert Konshak

I took John Dolan's logic class at the U of M in the early 1980s. Now, I was and am terrible at anything related to math or symbols, and logic confused me so that I failed the course. Really needing to pass this required course, I tried again and with the help of a tutor baaaaarreeely scraaaaaped by. It was hell, but Professor Dolan was an interesting guy--he inspired me in a twisted way. I'm writing a book on illogic and nonsense, and the dedication is to this good man John Dolan. Very sorry to hear of his passing.

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