Published in Gainesville Sun from January 29 to January 30, 2012
DAVID YOUNG, Pindarist and Olympic Historian
May 17, 2012
December 31, 2011.
Not even his heroic combat experience as a Captain of infantry in the European Theater of Operations in World War II (for which he was awarded the Bronze Star with a Valor device) could dampen Charles Babcock’s love of Italy and the sites of Roman literature and history.
Charles Luther Babcock
Charles Luther Babcock
Born on 26 May 1924 in Whittier, California, to Robert Louis and Margarette Estelle Fuller Babcock, Charles interrupted his undergraduate career at the University of California at Berkeley by enlisting. After being demobbed in 1947 after serving as an aide to Gen. Jon B. Coulter, this California native returned to Berkeley where he completed his received the A.B. in 1948 and the M.A. one year later. He served as an assistant in classics at the University of Utah from 1949 to 1950, when he returned to Berkeley to receive the Ph.D. in 1953. From 1953 to 1955 he was a Fulbright Scholar and Fellow at the American Academy in Rome. Upon his return, he married Mary Ayer Taylor on 6 August 1955 before assuming a position as instructor in classics at Cornell, with a stint as acting instructor at Stanford in the summer of 1956. Leaving Cornell in 1957 he became assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania, then associate professor in 1962. He developed his skills as an administrator first as assistant dean (1960-62), then as vice dean (1962-64) and acting dean (Spring 1964) of the College of Arts and Sciences (1960-62).
In 1966 he moved to Ohio State as professor of classics (1966-92) and chair of the department of classics (1966-68, 1980-88) before relinquishing his chairmanship to become the first dean of the College of Humanities (1968-70). Charles managed a number of executive and administrative positions with exceptional grace and goodwill, including stints as director of the APA (1968-72), chairman of the Latin Examination committee of the Advanced Placement Examination (1972-74), professor-in-charge of the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome (1974-75), and chair of its managing committee following the death of its founder Brooks Otis (1975-82), president of the Vergilian Society of America (1975-76), president of CAMWS (1977-78), and president of the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages (1986). By far the association that gave him the most pleasure involved his beloved American Academy at Rome, where he was professor-in-charge of the summer school (1966), trustee (1981-83), resident in classical studies (1986), and acting Mellon Professor-in-Charge of the School of Classical Studies (1988-89).
Throughout his long and distinguished career as teacher, scholar, and administrator, he never ceased to share his enthusiasm for Rome with students in his classroom and especially on site. His personal warmth and administrative ability successfully served not only the Intercollegiate Center and the American Academy, but the members of his profession as a whole, where he was as helpful to junior members as he was unfailingly collegial with senior members. His distinguished career was recognized in 1982 by a CAMWS Ovatio. His service to Ohio State resulted in numerous awards, including the Alfred Wright Award (1968), the first College of Humanities Exemplary Faculty Award in 1989 (now called the Babcock Award), and the Distinguished Service Award (1996). Perhaps the finest recognition of Charles Babcock’s devotion to sharing his love of Rome and Roman sites was the establishment by Ohio State of a scholarship in his name to support students studying in Italy.
Charles Babcock died on 7 December 2012 in Columbus, Ohio.
DISSERTATION: “Deaths of the Greek Philosophers” (Johns Hopkins, 1993).
PUBLICATIONS: “The Death of Empedocles,” AJP 107 (1986) 175-91; “Heraclitus αἰνικτής: Heraclitus and the Riddle,” SCO 43 (1993) 49-62; Death by Philosophy: The Biographical Tradition in the Life and Death of the Archaic Philosophers Empedocles, Heraclitus, and Democritus (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2004) REVS: Phronesis 50,4 (2005) 337-340 Jaap Mansfeld; CR n.s. 56, 2 (2006) 286-287 Simon Trépanier.
SOURCES: The Oracle (USF) 8 November 2012.
Following his return from Washington he devoted himself more and more to his classroom teaching and the promulgation of his ideas on liberty in recordings of his classroom lectures and his lectures before largely conservative audiences. He believed that “The first lesson of history is that we do not learn from it,” but nevertheless conducted his classes on the assumptions that the lessons of history always come down to the choice citizens make between the efficiency and security of tyranny and the responsibility of the individual in a system based on freedom. His signature course was a two-semester sequence, “Freedom in Greece” and “Freedom in Rome,” which regularly closed at 300 students each and had long waiting lists. His 2007 student Billy Adams recalled Fears acting out battles in class: “He would carry around a broomstick and it would become a spear, pointer, or javelin.” His intention was a kind of moral instruction by which students could shape their lives according to the examples of great leaders from Pericles to his beloved Churchill. Students warmed to his view that “Today we have a tendency to believe that science and technology put us beyond the lessons of history. But we as a society still need to think historically.” Fears believed himself an agent of outreach. He recorded a course of eighteen lectures entitled “The Story of Freedom” and took an active role in the University of Oklahoma’s Life Long Learning Institute, bringing “Freedom and Morality: The Great Books Tradition” to seniors and alumni both in Norman and in Oklahoma City. He recorded 21 lectures for “The Teaching Company,” later called “The Great Courses” and led tours for alumni on the theme “In the Footsteps of…” visiting Philadelphia, Monticello, and Civil War battlefields as well as sites abroad. David Boren, president of the University of Oklahoma, wrote that Fears was “one of the most gifted teachers in American higher education.” Fears won teaching awards at every institution he served. At Oklahoma he was three times named Professor of the Year and won the medal for Excellence in College and University Teaching from the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence in Teaching. In both his teaching and his later writing Rufus Fears eruditely explored conceptions of liberty throughout history.
He died in Norman on 6 October 2012.
His industry, devotion to the literature of classical antiquity and of modern Slovakia earned him awards and admiration both in his native and his adoptive countries.
Lou’s father, Eugene Bölcházy, was born in the United States but returned with his parents to Michalovec, Slovakia, at age 10, where he worked as a carpenter and farmer. His wife Maria gave birth to Ladislaus Joseph Bolchazy on June 7, 1937. Evacuated during bombing raids on their home town, young Lou and his family survived World War II, but when the Communist regime took over in 1948, Eugene emigrated back to America, where he earned enough money to bring his family over in May 1949. They settled in a Slavic enclave of Yonkers, New York, where Eugene worked as a custodian and Maria as a seamstress. Lou was educated in Catholic schools and intended to be a priest, enrolling at the Divine Word College and Seminary in Conesus, New York. He abandoned that idea, received an A.A. in Classics in 1960 and subsequently received a B.A. in philosophy from St. Joseph’s College and Seminary in Yonkers in 1963. He already had begun teaching at Sacred Heart High School in Yonkers in 1962 and he remained until 1965, when he met and married Marie Carducci, a marriage that lasted nearly 47 years. He enrolled in the graduate program at NYU and took a job as instructor at Siena College in Londonville, New York, for the academic year 1966-67. He received an M.A. from NYU in 1967 and took a position as assistant professor of classics at La Salette College and Seminary in Altamont, New York from 1971 to 1975. In 1973 he received his Ph.D. from SUNY Albany with a dissertation entitled “Livy’s Interest in the Humanizing Role of the Law of Hospitality, subsequently published as Hospitality in Early Rome: Livy’s Concept of Its Humanizing Force (Chicago: Ares, 1977). In early papers delivered at conferences, Lou showed his ability to adapt new technological resources to classicists’ research needs by compiling electronically-generated concordances of More’s Utopia and Ausonius. After a series of one-year jobs, as visiting assistant professor at Millersville State College in Pennsylvania (1975-76), and at Loyola University in Chicago (1976-77), and co-direction of NEH Summer Institutes Sophocles & Thucydides at Cornell (1976) and on ancient history at Michigan (1977), a permanent position still eluded him, and he decided to devote his considerable business skills to establishing a publishing house that would serve the profession. His successful 14-part radio series, “Myth is Truth,” on WLUC at Loyola and WRRG at Triton College in 1978 were evidence that he could answer the popular interest in classics. Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers began in 1978 and by 2012 had published over 450 titles, 98 per cent of them dealing with classical antiquity and filling significant gaps in larger press offerings by producing reprints of significant works of scholarship, class-sized texts appropriate for the new millennium, and recordings of Greek and Latin featuring the latest rules of pronunciation. He founded The Ancient World in 1978, a journal still going strong at is death. In 1988 he revived The Classical Bulletin. Bolchazy-Carducci was the only firm effectively reaching out to over 3000 homeschooling teachers with Waldo Sweet’s Artes Latinae series. His early interest in technology made this the most technologically advanced publishing house in the classics field, marketing an iPhone app for Latin quotations, vocabulary cards for the Wheelock series on iPod, summer webinars for Latin teachers. His exhibit tables at APA, CAMWS, CANE and other meetings were always a site of free buttons with Latin mottoes, interesting new publications for every need, and a welcome as warm as if everyone were members of an extended family, which in Lou’s eyes, we were.
Lou retained dual citizenship in Slovakia, which he called his “mother” and America, which he called his “wife.” Among the numerous Slovakian works he had translated for the first time into English was the memoirs of Cardinal Jan Chryzostom Korec (b. 1924), who was imprisoned by Communists. In August 31, 2007 Slovak President HE Ivan Gasparovic presented Lou with the Slovak National Award (Rad Ludovita Stura) at Bratislava Castle for his lifelong efforts on behalf of the Slovak Republic.
He died July 28, 2012, in Barrington, IL.
PUBLICATIONS: A Concordance to the Utopia of St. Thomas More and a Frequency List in collaboration with Gregory Gichan & Frederick Theobald (Hildesheim: Olms, 1978); “From Xenophobia to Altruism. Homeric and Roman Hospitality,” AncW 1 (1978) 45-64; “Hospitality in Early Rome,” Anthropos 74 (1979) 619-620; Concordantia in Ausonium with indices to proper nouns and Greek forms, ed. with J.A.M. Sweeney in collab. With M.G. Antonetti (Hildesheim: Olms-Weidmann, 1982) [REVS: Gnomon LV 1983 749-750 Prete ; Latomus XLIV 1985 643-647 Évrard]; “Scholarship, Research, and the Search for Alexander. A Register of Titles of Unpublished Scholarly Papers Read at Four Meetings: June 7, 1981-February 27, 1982. Bibliographical Memos and Notes,” comp. with A. N. Oikonomides, AncW 4 (1981) 67-89; 5 (1982) 3-8; “A Report on the 8th International Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy. Athens 3-9 October 1982 with a Register of the Communications of Its Meetings,” comp. with A.N. Oikonomides AncW 7 (1983) 53-61; “Studies on Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic World in the USSR" AncW 13 (1986) 67-72; “Tables and Indices for the Catalogue and Supplements of The Search for Alexander Exhibition" AncW 14 (1987) 115-118; “Detecting the Real Sherlock Homes: A Stylometric Comparison of Doyle and Meyer" CB 65 (1989) 105-110; Anton Špiesz & Dusan Caplovic, Illustrated Slovak History: A Struggle for Sovereignty in Central Europe (ed.) (Wauconda, IL: Bolchazy-Carducci, 2006).
SOURCES: Chicago Tribune, 29 July, 2012; WhAm (2006) 454.
May 3, 2012
Additional Obituary: http://camws.org/News/files/obits/Bennett obit.doc
John Douglas MacISAAC conceived a love of the ancient world while a boy. He was born 8 November 1944, the son of an Air Force officer who was stationed in Athens when John was of high-school age. John received his secondary education at the American Academy (ACS) in Athens and he graduated from Fordham with a major in classics. When he graduated, the Vietnam Conflict was growing and John joined the Air Force Reserve, flying over 100 missions as a navigator/bombardier. He retired from the Reserve in 1996 as a lieutenant colonel. After active duty, he married Liane Houghtalin and began graduate study in archaeology at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned the MA. He then moved to the Johns Hopkins, where he received a Fulbright Scholarship to work on his dissertation, “The Location of the Republican Mint of Rome and the Topography of the Arx of the Capitoline” (1987). He received the Ph.D. and taught at a number of institutions in Italy and the United States and at the University of Mary Washington from 1993 to 2007. In 2005 he published Excavations at Nemea. 3, The Coins co-edited with Robert C. Knapp (Berkeley: University of California Press). He died 19 November 2011 in Fredericksburg, VA, after a long illness.