Obituary: Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka Houthakker

Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka Houthakker, the Polish-born American philosopher who was an important follower and teacher of  phenomenology – the philosophical study of the structures of experience and consciousness – who lived for many years with her husband, the Harvard economist Hendrik Houthakker, in Belmont died last week at her home in Pomfret, NH. 

Tymieniecka Houthakker was 91 years old.

Tymieniecka Houthakker was the founder and president of The World Phenomenology Institute in 1969 which was based in Belmont for more than 30 years. She was also the editor of the book series “Analecta Husserliana: The Yearbook of Phenomenological Research” develop and disseminate the phenomenological approach which was published in Belmont.

Anna-Teresa was married to Houthakker, the Henry Lee professor of economics at Harvard, who serve on the Council of Economic Advisers for both Democrat President Lyndon B. Johnson and Republican President Richard Nixon. He died in 2008.

She and her husband were long-time friends of Karol Wojtyla before the Polish cardinal became Pope John Paul II.

She is survived by her three children; Louis, Jan and Isabelle.

The funeral will be held Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at St. Denis in Hanover, NH. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Woodstock Vt. next to her husband of 52 years.

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