Plochmann, George Kimball | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
Dr. George Kimball Plochmann was born on August 20, 1914 in New York City, New York. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy at Columbia University in 1936 and completed his doctorate in Philosophy with honors in 1950 at the University of Chicago. George Kimball Plochmann is married to Carolyn Gassan Plochmann and they have one daughter, Sarah and two grandchildren, Evan and Elisabeth.
Dr. Plochmann was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1959. He is the author of many articles published in professional journals as well as the author of several books including The Ordeal of Southern Illinois University, and Richard McKeon: A Study. In collaboration with Jack B. Lawson, Dr. Plochmann is the author of Terms in their Propositional Contexts in Wittgenstein's Tractatus. He also co-authored with Frank E. Robinson, A Friendly Companion to Plato's Gorgias. In addition to his publications, presentations, teaching, and development of courses and course material, Dr. Plochmann served as the editor of a book series published by Southern Illinois University Press, "Philosophical Explorations." He was active in a plethora of professional associations as well as departmental, college and university committees and councils in addition to being a consultant on philosophic terms for the American Heritage Dictionary.
Before coming to Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Dr. Plochmann was a lecturer at Roosevelt College in Chicago and the University of Chicago subsequent to this teaching English as a fellow at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. Dr. Plochmann became a faculty member of the Department of Philosophy at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale beginning in 1950 and subsequently professor emeritus upon retirement in 1982. He served as the chairman of a task force on organizing curriculum in the philosophy and history of medicine at the School of Medicine in Springfield and in December of 1985, he was appointed to the adjunct faculty of the School of Medicine where he served as a professor of medical humanities. He passed away at the age of 100 on August 24, 2014 at his home in Carbondale.