College professor dies after leaping from bridge, police say suicide likely

Staff Report

Timothy Hall, an Oberlin College professor, died Sunday morning in an apparent suicide.

According to Valley View police, Hall, 48, jumped from a bridge overlooking Interstate 480 around 6 a.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

He taught political philosophy, philosophy of law, ethical theory, normative ethics, and medical ethics and had been part of the college’s philosophy department since 2000.

He also served as chair of philosophy and of the law and society committee.

“He will be remembered by his students and colleagues as one who was deeply committed to the importance of exploring diverse perspectives on society’s most challenging issues, a core value of the liberal arts,” wrote Tim Elgren, dean of arts and sciences in a prepared statement.

Hall also served as faculty advisor to the Oberlin College Republicans and Libertarians, supervised the Ronald Reagan Political Lectureship Series, and was a committee member of the Oberlin Debate Series.

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