PETER T. MANICAS
PETER T. MANICAS 1934 - 2015 Peter T. Manicas, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Hawai'i-Manoa (UHM), passed away on December 27 in Honolulu. He is survived by his wife of fifty-five years, Kenoe Kauanoe Shirley 'Ti' Manicas, and their son Teddy (Theodore). Their daughter, Tautasi, died previously. Born into a Greek and Sicilian immigrant family in Binghamton, NY, Manicas was raised in Batavia, NY. He saw active service in the U.S. Air Force in the late 1950s and attained the rank of Captain. He received his BA from Syracuse University, and his MA and PhD in philosophy from SUNY Buffalo (1963). Professor Manicas taught at Ohio Wesleyan University, C.W. Post College, and CUNY Queens College (1966-1988) before moving to UHM where he served as Professor of Sociology and Director of the Interdisciplinary Studies program (1988-2011). Manicas's thirteen books and over fifty published and unpublished papers are a testimony to his scholarly productivity. His landmark publications on realist philosophy, American pragmatism, and social theory include: The Death of the State (1974); A History and Philosophy of the Social Sciences (1987); and A Realist Philosophy of Science (2006). The recipient of several teaching awards, Professor Manicas touched the lives of thousands of students. Peter was endowed with a fiery passion for social justice, a curious mind, a wicked humor, and an open heart. A consummate epicure, he was an enthusiastic fan of the New York Yankees, Knicks, and Giants, in addition to being a powerful presence in pick-up basketball. Peter was in many ways larger than life and will be irreplaceable. Services at Borthwick Mortuary in Honolulu, January 15, 2016 at 1:15 pm. In lieu of flowers a donation to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, which is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson's disease, is appreciated.
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