Howard Nelson Tuttle

1935 ~ 2021

Professor Howard N. Tuttle, born December 15, 1935 in Salt Lake City, and a graduate of East High School, earned a BA and MA at the University of Utah in philosophy and political philosophy, then a M.S. and Ph.D. from Harvard and Brandeis Universities. He held teaching fellowships at Harvard, Boston University and Regis College, then joined the Philosophy Department at the University of New Mexico for 29 years, including six years as Chair and one year as Exchange Professor in Essen, Germany. After retirement, out of an unquenchable love of learning and teaching philosophy, he devoted ten years of teaching "gratis" back at the U of U, for which he earned the U's Distinguished Emeritus Service Award in 2015. His scholarly publications include five books focused primarily on the impact of 19th and 20th century continental thinkers, including Heidegger, Dilthey, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and Ortega y Gasset. He also published numerous poems, a children's story about Pompeii called "Fire Night," and the song "Remember Me," composed after the 9/11 attack on New York City, and now part of the Ground Zero Memorial. Professor Tuttle lived next to the Wasatch Mountain range in Salt Lake City with his beloved wife Carolyn, delighting in Nature, world travels, the classics of poetry and old movies, great books from across history and many cultures -- and especially his son Carl and daughter Laura, with her husband Ajay and their daughters Emily and Kate.

Private family interment services will be held at Salt Lake City Cemetery. Due to Covid, a celebration of life will be held in the future.


Dear Ones,

Howard was a mentor to me while going through the doctoral program at UNM. He was kind, humorous and extremely profound. A great loss to me, philosophy and to the realm of human knowlegde and wisdom.

Dan Primozic
Dean UNM-Gallup

- Dan Primozic

Dear Carolyn and family, I want to offer my condolences. As an undergraduate and later as a graduate student, I had many classes with Howard Tuttle. He was an exceptional teacher. I remember his classes as being dynamic and challenging. If my memory serves me, I think I also attended one class, Philosophy and Literature, at your home where we would drink tea, sit in a circle, and discuss literature. I so appreciated studying under Dr. Tuttle and send you all my warmest regards.

Lisa Gerber

- Lisa Gerber

My dearest Carolyn,
I feel real sad this morning reading your Mail about Howard s passing.

Wherever a beautiful soul has been, there is a trail of beautiful memories.
Arise in peace and harmony, dear Howard

My love and prayers will be with you and your family

- Helga Wingendorf-Shrayef

Howard was precious to me in so many ways. A great light that really can't be put out.

- Bob Reeves

Oh Carolyn, I'm so sorry to hear about Howard's passing. He was so much fun up here in Pinecrest! We always enjoyed his humor, how he talked to our kids like they were grownups (and we still have signed copies of FireNight), and the little green jeep he and you enjoyed so much. Many happy memories. Wishing you peace and the comfort of family. He was a truly wonderful, creative, interesting man, and we enjoyed getting to know him and you. Peace. Cindy & Larry Furse

- Cindy Furse

Dear Carolyn,Carl, and Laura, and family, we are very sorry to hear of Howard’s passing. We can only hope that time will help heal the loss you must be feeling now. He will surely be missed by all. Our prayers and love to you. Fran and Ed.

- Fran and Ed Lopez

I was sorry to hear of Howard's recent passing. I have many fond memories of spending time at the Tuttle family cabin up Pinecrest Canyon. I also remember times when Howard and my father would bring themselves to tears laughing hysterically over some laughable, fantastical scenario that had dreamed up. I'll remember Howard as a very kind and positive person. His presence will be greatly missed.

- Jim Astin

I'm sorry that Professor Tuttle is no longer with us. By believing in and standing up for my unpopular dissertation topic, he got me through my Ph.D. He was certainly one of the brightest and deepest persons I have had the privilege of meeting. I miss him.

- Diana Avery Amsden, Ph.D.