Matthew Margulis Remembered

December 20, 2016

Matthew Margulis; 1993 - 2015

Philosophy senior Matthew Margulis passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, November 15, 2015.

A commemorative bench is going to be installed on campus. Donations can be made online:


Matthew holds a special place in the heart of the department. Faculty, students and staff mourn the loss and will remember him at the anniversary of his death.

Daniel Guevara, Philosophy Department Chair: "Matthew was an outstanding philosophy major, peer adviser and leader of the Philosophical Slug Society. He will be greatly missed."

Paul Roth, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy: "I had Matthew as a student both in an individual reading course and (by my invitation) in my graduate seminar. In the reading course, he and I worked through a number of works by Ruth Millikan, and Matt's knowledge of linguistics proved invaluable in this process. I deeply appreciated the seriousness and thoroughness that Matt brought to his work. Indeed, I had encouraged him to develop points he had made in papers that he wrote for me into an article. He planned to go to graduate school (I have recommendation forms for him on my desk). It comes as no surprise when one hears from people of professors who influenced them. It seems less often that we professors acknowledge how students can touch us and how we learn from them. I would like to acknowledge that of Matthew Margulis."

Ben Leeds Carson, Kresge College Provost: "Matthew was a senior, and a double major in Philosophy and Linguistics. He was, by all accounts, an ambitious, well rounded, and dedicated student, diving into upper division work in his first year, and keeping active as a violinist in the University Orchestra. He was a likely candidate for honors cum laude, and made a positive impact on his classmates and teachers in several departments, and throughout our campus community."


In lieu of Matthew's scheduled workshop (Thimk: Strategies for Writing an Undergraduate Philosophy Paper) students gathered on Thursday, November 19 at 10:00 in Cowell 222.

A memorial service was held at San Diego's Congregation Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive, 92122 on Sunday, November 22 at 3:00. 

A candlelight vigil was held at Kresge College on Tuesday, December 1 at 4:30. 


In 2016 the Summer Session office, the Department of Philosophy, and the Department of Linguistics awarded $500 scholarships in honor of the memory of Matthew Margulis. The three recipients were Chloe Bowden, Samantha Dice, Jazmine Lopez. Twelve students met the eligibility requirements. The winners were randomly selected.

In 2017 the Summer Session office and the Department of Philosophy will award two $500 scholarships.


1. Continuing student - enrolled at UC Santa Cruz for fall quarter, in good academic and disciplinary standing

2. Declared as either a Philosophy or Linguistics major (or double majoring as Matthew)

3. Enrolled in 2016 Summer Session

4. Complete a minimum summer total of 10 units or more of Philosophy or Linguistics courses with grades of B or better


We miss you Matthew. 

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