The Stoic Registry pays tribute to stoics who contributed to the development of our organization. The name Kerameikos is taken from an ancient cemetery in Athens.
John Barnett (1953-2012) Orlando, Florida, USA
John was a founding Regional Director for the Counsel of X and a founding Mentor for the College of Stoic Philosophers.John graduated from Florida Technological University and was commissioned in the US Air Force. He flew B-52s as a navigator and electronic warfare officer, a staff officer on the Strategic Air Command Airborne Command Post, and B-1Bs. After completing his Air Force career, John earned a Ph.D. in Applied Experimental and Human Factors Psychology from University of Central Florida and became a research psychologist for the U.S. Army Research Institute. Less than a year before he died he founded New Stoa, Inc., a US nonprofit educational corporation, where he served as Secretary of the Board until his death.
Lawrence C Becker (1939-2018) USA
Dr. Becker was an American philosopher working mainly in the areas of ethics and social, political, and legal philosophy. He was the author of A New Stoicism (1998), as well as Reciprocity (1986), Property Rights (1977), and On Justifying Moral Judgments (1973). He was the editor, with the librarian Charlotte B. Becker, of the three-volume Encyclopedia of Ethics (Routledge, 2001). He was a Fellow of Hollins University, where he taught philosophy from 1965-1989, and was Professor of Philosophy Emeritus from the College of William & Mary, where he was the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor in Humanities and Philosophy from 1989-2001. Dr. Becker passed away at his home in Roanoke, Virginia, USA, on the 22nd of November 2018.
Victor Frankl (1905-1997)
Dr. Frankl was the last of the great Viennese psychiatrists (after Frued and Jung) and considered by many to be one of the truly great men of the 20th century. He developed a unique theory of psychotherapy which he called "Logotherapy" while he was Chief of the Vienna Medical School's Neurology and Psychiatric Clinic in the 1930s. Dr. Frankl maintained that behavior was driven by a need to find meaning and prupose, and that this search was the key to psychological well-being. His experiences as a prisoner in Auschwitz and Dachau from 1942-1945 confirmed his theory in the crucible in these concentration camps. From this experience, he wrote Man's Search for Meaning, a book of survival literature that sold 10 million copies in 24 languages. On pages 104-106, Dr. Frankl wrote, "We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They offer proof that everything can be taken away from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms -- to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances...It is this spiritual freedom -- which cannot be taken away -- that makes life meaningful and purposeful."
Henry Hazlitt (1895-1992)
Produced his first book on the examined life, Thinking As A Science, in 1916. With his wife, Francis, he wrote The Wisdom of the Stoics, in 1984. In between, Hazlitt was a reporter and columnist for the Wall St. Journal, the New York Times, Newsweek, and other publications, as well as a lecturer and writer on economics, morality, and social issues.
Martin O'Hagan (1950-2001) Lurgan, Northern Ireland
A newspaper reporter in Northern Ireland. He said, "I am mostly a self-educated person who came across Stoicism when I picked up a book on Marcus Aurelius' Meditations. Although I never understood it then, having been brought up as an Irish Catholic, in recent years I returned to reading it and this time I understood....I look forward to communicating with other like souls."
About O'Hagan's death, Wikipedia reports, "[He] was an Irish investigative journalist from Lurgan, Northern Ireland. He was the most prominent journalist to be killed during the Troubles and the only one to be specifically assassinated as a result of his work."
Ben Ross Schneider, Jr. (1920-2013) Appleton, Wisonsin, USA
Professor of English Emeritus at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisonsin. He said, "I have been engaged in research on Stoicism and Shakespeare for fifteen years, in the course of which I have scanned, digitzed, and indexed the major Stoic texts available to Shakespeare." These books and articles are available on his website at http://www.stoics.com.
Eric D Smith (1914-2007) York, Australia
Mr. Smith lived at the Pioneer Memorial Lodge in York 6302, Western Australia. He retired in 1977 after 50 years as a Bookseller and Publisher and has maintained a Spiritual Healing Practice, entirely free, for 65 years. Mr. Smith said that he is still active in healing work and welcomes any request for healing. His interests include comparative religion and more recently the Stoa. Regarding Stoicism, he said, "I now feel that in Stoic Philosophy I have found what has answered most of my doubts and queries over many years."
7 stoics in Kerameikos
"Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away."