Beloved Professor Andy Lustig, Holmes Rolston Chair, Retires

B. Andrew Lustig

Professor Andy Lustig, Ph.D., the inaugural Holmes Rolston III Professor of Religion and Science, will retire at the end of the the 2020-2021 academic year.

Since coming to Davidson in 2005, Professor Lustig has taught a variety of popular ethics courses on a range of topics: biomedical ethics, religious perspectives on reproductive technologies, comparative religious ethics, death and dying, and God and the problem of evil.

He has served as the interim chair for the Department of Health and Human Values at Davidson while also serving as an adjunct professor of bioethics at Wake Forest University’s Center for Bioethics, Health, and Society. The founding co-editor of the journal Christian Bioethics, Professor Lustig continues as a member of the journal’s editorial advisory board. He also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy and as a manuscript reviewer for a number of respected publishers. 

Students have expressed appreciation for Professor Lustig’s kindness, grace, and conscientious teaching. One student says she valued a bond with Lustig as a fellow "Roamin' Catholic." His colleagues are grateful for Lustig’s expertise, collegiality, and wry sense of humor.

As for his plans, Lustig says he will be “learning to be useful in retirement.” With a new book project underway as well as poems to write and music to play, he will be a quick study. 

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  • June 30, 2021