I am so sorry to hear this news. I was a philosophy major and was lucky enough to have Prof. Bates as a teacher and advisor. His lectures were amazing - incorporating the history and politics that influenced the philosophical works that we were studying to further our understanding of the context that formed these ideas. He made me a better thinker and writer. This is a great loss to Middlebury's intellectual community.

by Jeff McMahan '91 (not verified)