In Memoriam

By Erik Shell | October 18, 2016

It is with great regret that we report the passing of James Ruebel, dean of the Honors College at Ball State University.

You can leave a message or memory on his page.


(Photo: "Candle" by Shawn Carpenter, licensed under CC BY 2.0)   

By Erik Shell | July 22, 2016

From the Denver Post (

It is with great regret that we report the passing of Harold Evjen, former professor at the University of Colorado and our former Executive Secretary. 

"He taught a variety of courses on Greek and Roman authors, Roman law and established two popular courses on Greek mythology and ancient athletics. He published articles on Attic Greek authors, ancient Greek law, Roman law and ancient athletics. He was the editor of the Classical Journal and published numerous book reviews in scholarly periodicals. He codirected archeological excavations in Greece with his wife.

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By Helen Cullyer | July 12, 2016
Please see the following tribute to R. Elaine Fantham, contributed by Prof. Alison Keith, Acting Chair, Dept. of Classics at the University of Toronto
Dear Colleagues and friends – 
We were devastated to learn that R. Elaine Fantham, a giant in the field of classical scholarship and generous friend and mentor to generations of students and colleagues, died yesterday in Toronto at the age of 83. A member of the Classics department at Trinity College, in the University of Toronto, from 1968 to 1986, and again from 2000 to 2008 after her retirement from Princeton, Elaine was predeceased by her husband Peter, and is survived by her daughter Julia (grandchildren Peter, Alice, and Clare) and her son Roy (wife Jen and granddaughter Marley).
By Adam Blistein | March 26, 2016

I am very sorry to report the death of David H.

By Adam Blistein | March 19, 2016

Alan Lindley Boegehold, Professor Emeritus of Classics at Brown University, died on October 28, 2015 at his home in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts, in the presence of his wife of 61 years, Julie, and other members of his family. Alan was born in Detroit, Michigan, on March 21, 1927; his father, a scientist, was a personal adviser to the president of General Motors. Alan graduated from the Detroit Country Day School in 1944. He had enlisted in a program run by the army, the Army Specialized Training Reserve Program, which during the second war sent men, normally of 17,  to college campuses in the army Reserve to study engineering. Alan and I were in this program and were stationed at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. We met on our first day in the program and formed a friendship at once, partly because we had both studied Latin in school. This friendship became our closest one in classics and endured until his death.

By Erik Shell | December 1, 2015

Rolly J.Phillips died unexpectedly 15 November 2015 in Salt Lake City, UT.  She studied Classics at Bryn Mawr College, from which she graduated summa cum laude in 1965.  A Fulbright Scholar in Classics at Newnham College, University of Cambridge, England, from 1965 to 1967, she received her Ph.D. in Classics from Harvard University in 1971. Rolly then had a long career teaching Latin and Greek.  She held positions at Yale University, at Barnard College, and, from 1981 to 2009, at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York City.  She is survived by two sisters and three brothers. 


By Adam Blistein | October 1, 2015

We regret to report the death of Gregory Dobrov, PhD, associate professor and post-baccalaureate program director in the Department of Classical Studies at Loyola University Chicago.  Prof. Dobrov joined the Department of Classical Studies in 1998 and rose to the rank of associate professor. In 2011, he became the founding director of the post-baccalaureate program in Classical Studies. Throughout his career, Prof. Dobrov focused much of his scholarship on ancient Greek comedy.  He published Beyond Aristophanes:  Transition and Diversity in Greek Comedy with our Society (Scholars Press 1995).  Recently, he edited A Companion to the Study of Greek Comedy (Brill 2010).

By Adam Blistein | July 29, 2015

I am sorry to report that Prof. Carin M. Green of the University of Iowa died on July 2.  Prof. Green served the Society in a number of ways, including terms on the Development, Translations, and Placement (twice) Committees.  She asked that there be no funeral services, and that memorial notices be as brief as possible.  The Department of Classics at the University of Iowa has set up a memorial fund for their colleague.

By Adam Blistein | July 1, 2015

I am very sorry to report that Barbara F. McManus died this morning after a long and very brave battle with cancer.  Professor McManus received her B.A. from the College of New Rochelle, summa cum laude, in 1964 and her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Harvard in 1975.  She began teaching at the College of New Rochelle as an Instructor in 1967 and remained there until she retired from the post of Professor of Classics in 2000.  She produced outstanding scholarship and created innovative courses in classics and women’s studies and was a leader in developing online resources for the field, most notably the VRoma project.


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