Edward Manier, professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, died on Thanksgiving Day (November 26) at his home in South Bend. He was 89 years old.
“Ed was an esteemed fellow philosopher, a dedicated academic citizen, and a caring individual. I extend my condolences to his family and friends,” said Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, CSC.
Raised in Versailles, Ohio, Manier declined an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy to attend Notre Dame, where he received a bachelor of science degree in 1953. He then entered medical school at Saint University Louis but changed his post-baccalaureate studies to philosophy and earned a master’s and doctorate from Saint Louis.
Manier began a nearly half-century academic career at his undergraduate alma mater in 1959, focusing initially on the evolving images of humanity manifested in the political, social, and artistic movements of the time. where Charles Darwin formulated his theory of evolution. His work resulted in a book titled “The Young Darwin and His Cultural Circle”. Later he examined the themes of neurobiology and storytelling and other interdisciplinary work in the field of philosophy of science.
Away from campus, Manier spent many years helping men transition from prison to society, taking them from a rehabilitation facility to mass. He also taught classes at the Westville Correctional Facility, helped men released from prison, and served on the boards of agencies that provided housing and other services to released prisoners.
Manier is survived by his wife, Jenny, who earned a bachelor’s degree and law degree from Notre Dame; his sister Joy Marchal, a former student of Saint Mary’s College; seven children, including many former students of Notre-Dame; and nine grandchildren.
A memorial ceremony will take place at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Northern Indiana Food Bank.