[eDebate] On the passing of Dr. James J. Unger

Bredehoft, John M. jmbredehoft
Fri Apr 4 15:57:05 CDT 2008

For those of us who entered the debate community in the 1970s (my
debating years extending from 1972 through 1980), Jim Unger was at first
a remote overarching presence, then a valued and respected colleague. He
was unexpectedly witty, occasionally sardonic, but never cruel or
intentionally disheartening. We admired his brilliance and his
intellectual honesty (while at the same time, as high school students at
the Georgetown summer institute, conspiring to evade his parietal
rules). My life as it is today would be unthinkable without having
debated; my debate experience would have been unthinkably different,
unthinkably inferior, without Jim Unger's enthusiasm. I did not know him
as well as many but I am saddened beyond words by his passing.

". . . The good is oft interred with their bones." It will not be so
with Dr. Unger. Our thoughts are of and with him.


John M. Bredehoft

Cardinal Spellman HS Class of 1976 (TOC '75, '76)

Harvard College Class of 1980 (NDT '79)

Georgetown Summer Debate Institute, 1974, 1975

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