Philosopher Carl Wellman, the Hortense and Tobias Lewin Distinguished University Professor Emeritus in the Humanities in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, died of natural causes Saturday, July 17, 2021, at St. Mary’s Hospital in St. Louis. He was 94.
Born in 1926 in Lynn, Mass., Wellman grew up in Manchester, N.H. As a child, he fought a long battle with Steven-Johnson syndrome and after high school, at his doctors’ recommendation, studied at the University of Arizona, in hopes that the desert climate might improve his health. He earned his bachelor’s degree in 1949, double-majoring in philosophy and political science.
Wellman then pursued his doctorate in philosophy at Harvard University. He received Harvard’s Sheldon Traveling Fellowship, enabling him to spend a year at Cambridge University. There, he studied unpublished manuscripts by