Remembering Paul Sigmund, HT Trustee

A note from HT Chairman regarding Paul's passing:

Good evening ladies and gentlemen. This afternoon we received word of the sad passing of Paul E. Sigmund who was one of the longest standing Hands Together Trustees and a tireless friend and supporter of the organization for over two decades.  Paul's dedication and support of Hands Together will be sorely missed, as will his friendship and guidance.

April 28, 2014 - A local Princeton Pulbication Notice on Paul's Death

January 14, 1929 - April 27 2014

January 14, 1929 - April 27 2014

Paul E. Sigmund, husband of the former Princeton Borough mayor Barbara Sigmund, died this morning at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro due to complications from pneumonia, family friends confirmed. He was 85.

Sigmund was a professor of politics at Princeton University. His scholarship focused on political theory and comparative politics. He wrote numerous books and articles on Latin American politics with a focus on income inequality, multinationals and the military. He is the author of “The Ideologies of the Developing Nations”, “Natural Law in Political Thought, The Overthrow of Allende and the Politics of Chile, 1974-1976,” and “Liberation Theology at the Crossroads.” He was the translator and editor of the Norton Critical Edition of “St. Thomas Aquinas on Politics and Ethics.” He also co-authored several other books.

He began teaching at Princeton in 1963 and helped found the school’s program in Latin American Studies. He served as the program director for seven years. He was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars and the Institute for Advanced Study, and received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation.

l to r: Paul Sigmund with fellow HT trustees, Tom Gilligan and John Clarke visiting our school in Ti Desdunnes Haiti.

l to r: Paul Sigmund with fellow HT trustees, Tom Gilligan and John Clarke visiting our school in Ti Desdunnes Haiti.

He served on the boards of Georgetown University and the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs, and was an active member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2001 he was the first American academic to receive the Bernardo O’Higgins Order of Merit, awarded by the Chilean government for outstanding accomplishment.

Sigmund earned his doctorate from Harvard University, where he taught for four years before coming to Princeton. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University.

Hands Together loses an incredible friend and trustee

"Paul joined our board in 2006 and brought to us his remarkable compassion, love for the poor and profound understanding of the Church. I was humbled by his willingness to get on a bus and spend 4 hours traveling to Ithaca to speak at a Catholic parish on our behalf. When visiting Haiti, it seemed that he was the first one out of bed, and the last one to retire - his energy was incredible. We will never forget Paul." - Doug Campbell

Remembrance of Paul

From family, friends, colleagues, students, and all who were touched by the life of Paul E. Sigmund:

Stephen Sigmund -Paul's youngest son:

Princeton was so meaningful to him because he was a teacher throughout his life more than anything else, and this was a warm and welcoming community to him ...He was so grateful that he could teach to and learn from so many generations of Princeton students. After my mother died, he had a supportive intellectual community to help him. He was somebody who really wanted to talk to you about interesting things, talk to you about your life and share the learning experience. People walked away from a conversation with him knowing more and feeling better than they did walking into the conversation. He had students and professors living with him on the third floor of our house for 20 years after our mother died because he wanted people to have dinner with and have intellectual conversations with ...You never walked away from a conversation with him feeling like you were belittled or put down, but rather like you were listened to and heard.

click here for a pdf file with all the remembrances:  Paul Sigmund Remembrances