Joyce Trebilcot (February 15, 1933 - May 27, 2009)

Joyce leaves this earth to enjoy greater freedom, joy, and peace and to have her work continue to enlighten wimmin who are discovering their own values and identity without the oppression and restraints of this world. Dr. Trebilcot is the daughter of the late Angela Dameral and Earl Trebilcot and a fourth generation Californian who grew up in Oakland, CA. She leaves behind her loving and devoted partner of 24 years, Jan Crites; dear friend Christine Hood; and many students, colleagues, friends, radical feminists and her SWIP (Society for Women in Philosophy) sisters.

Joyce Trebilcot, Ph.D. was the first womon to become a regular and later tenured faculty member of the Department of Philosophy, in the School of Arts and Sciences at Washington University beginning in 1970. She did her undergraduate work at the University of California, Berkley and received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1970. Professor Trebilcot was a co-founder of the Washington University Women’s Studies Program, and was its coordinator from 1980-1992. She was also a founding member of the Society for Women in Philosophy and Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy and served for many years on the editorial boards of Hypatia, Social Theory and Practice, and the Journal of Social Philosophy. She gave support and encouragement to many Lesbian projects including Sinister Wisdom.

She held visiting professorships at the University of New Mexico and at the Wheaton College in Massachusetts. She is the author of Dyke Ideas: Politics, Process and Daily Life; a published paper on Taking Responsibility for Sexuality; and many articles in feminist, lesbian and philosophy publications. Her article, “Sex Roles: The Argument from Nature,” has reprinted many times. She also was the editor of “Mothering: Essays in Feminism Theory”, and of a special issue of the Journal of Social Philosophy and Feminist Social Philosophy. Dr. Trebilcot retired as Professor Emerita from the Department of Philosophy in 1995.

Following her retirement she remained engaged in feminist dialogue with her colleagues, friends and anyone else whose attention she could garner. May her work continue to inform many to come.

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