Carlos Noreña, a popular UCSC faculty member for more than 25 years, died on July 4 at the age of 85. Noreña, a professor of philosophy when he retired in 1996, came to UCSC in its third year of existence, in 1967. He served as provost of Stevenson College from 1991 to 1994.
His most popular course was Philosophy 11, an Introduction to Philosophy, "in which generations of students listened to his lectures on the giants of the western tradition, from Plato and Aristotle to Russell and Wittgenstein," noted a tribute web site published by the Philosophy Department.
For his dedication to teaching and undergraduate education at UCSC, Noreña received the Alumni Association's Distinguished Teaching Award in 1993.
A memorial celebrating the life of Carlos Noreña will be held at Stevenson College, sometime in the fall.
His survivors include his wife Mary ("Maria"); his daughter, Victoria; his son, Carlos; and five grandchildren.
For more information, please see the family obituary for Carlos Noreña, published in the Santa Cruz Sentinel.