Allan Hazlett arrived at Fordham long after I was done with coursework and, curiously, our primary interactions were in interviewing each other. When he visited the campus as a prospective member of the faculty I participated in a lunch designed for him to meet the graduate students so that he could learn about the program from our perspective and we could learn about him and make any judgments. I attended such lunches with many candidates while a graduate student and always enjoyed them. Allan was the most gregarious and frankest candidate I remember meeting with. Completely unhesitant to express what he really thought about a range of topics. He was genuine and genuinely enjoyable to discuss philosophy and the profession with.
So, though I didn’t interact with him all that much beyond these interview scenarios and never actually studied with him, I am really delighted for him as he moves on to this new opportunity and I hope earnestly that Fordham does as good a job replacing him as they did in finding him in the first place.