Philosophy Department receives over $211,000 in gifts

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November 18th, 2010

We are happy to announce that the estate of John A. Gerda, MD (GRS, ’51) recently donated $171,000 to be added to the Bertocci Scholarship Fund. Dr. Gerda earned his master’s degree in philosophy at BU, and eventually served as a staff surgeon at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital at the National Center Institute in Washington (for more information about him, please see This gift is wonderful news, particularly since the interest from Bertocci Fund plays such a major role in providing continuing student fees and tuition aid to our graduate students. Dr. Hideo and Mrs. Itabashi also made a generous gift of 10,000 to the Bertocci Fund. The Fund honors the memory of Peter Anthony Bertocci, a Borden Parker Bowne Professor of Philosophy, who died in 1989. He was a beloved and influential teacher and thinker, and member of the faculty for some thirty-one years. In his letter recollecting thie history of the department (available at, Professor Emeritus Erazim Kohak describes Professor Bertocci in greater detail. We are very pleased that the Department continues to receive considerable support annually from Steven Karbank (, not only to host the Karbank Symposium on Environmental Philosophy, but also to make possible many undergraduate, graduate, and faculty meetings, colloquia, and events. Steve’s recent gift of $25,000, and gifts of $5000 from several donors who prefer to remain anonymous, mean that we can continue to carry out our mission at a high level.

We are profoundly grateful for this generous support by our alumni and friends.