Joshua Earl Haddock (Josh) left this life Saturday July 2nd at the age of 29. He died from injuries suffered in a fall while descending from a climb at Rumbling Bald near Lake Lure. He was currently residing in Cincinnati Ohio where he was finishing his dissertation in probability theory in Philosophy at the University of Cincinnati. He will be awarded the PhD degree posthumously.

Joshua was born in Chapel Hill North Carolina February 4th 1982. He is the son of Earl and Pamela Haddock of Sylva and is survived by them along with his Sister Deiah Marie Haddock of Cincinnati Ohio. Joshua was a graduate of Smoky Mountain High School and Western Carolina University. He earned his Masters at the University of Colorado in Fort Collins where he hoped to return one day. Joshua studied and became a falconer at the age of 17. His love of nature, the mountains, hiking and climbing afforded him many opportunities to travel in our local mountains and in the west.

"During the time Josh was a PhD student in our department, I came to see that he was by far the most philosophically talented student we had. He had already started giving talks at excellent conferences, including a talk on probability at the Philosophy of Science Association -- his first submitted paper was to be published in Philosophy of Science. I have no doubt he would've turned out to be a fantastic philosopher. More importantly, he was a good person." Rob Skipper, Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Philosophy University of Cincinnati.

In death Josh' wishes were honored as an organ donor. Five lives were saved with with his gift. Donations in Josh' homor were made to http://www.lifesharecarolinas.org by family, friends, and colleagues.