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Eugene Numa Lane (1936-2007)

Eugene Lane passed away on the January 1, 2007 after a long struggle with Parkinson's disease, at the age of 70. Gene grew up in Chapel Hill, where his father taught Germanic philology at the University of North Carolina. Gene graduated from Episcopal High School in Alexandria, VA, and received his bachelor's degree (Salutatorian) from Princeton in 1958. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Greece (American School of Classical Studies) in 1961, and earned his doctorate from Yale in 1962.

He taught four years at the University of Virginia before moving in 1966 to the University of Missouri, where he taught happily for 34 years. He retired in 1999 but remained an active emeritus until his death. He was married for 42 years to Carol Downes Gault, who along with their children Michael and Helen, and one granddaughter Carol, survives him.

His major publications were the Corpus Monumentorum Religionis Dei Menis, four parts (Leiden, Brill), 1971-78 and parts II and III of Corpus Cultus Iovis Sabezii (Leiden, Brill), 1985-89. He coauthored with Ramsay MacMullen Paganism and Christianity, a source book (Minneapolis, Fortress Press), 1992, and in 1996 edited Attis, Cybele and Related Cults: essays in memory of M.J. Vermaseren (Leiden, Brill). His numerous articles treated inscriptions, coins, cult statuary, and historical questions. He was a member of the Collegium Editorum from 1996 to 2007.

Robert J. Rowland, Jr. (1938-2007)

Robert J. Rowland, Jr. was educated at La Salle College (now University) in Philadelphia, PA, he received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He taught at La Salle, Villanova University, the University of Missouri-Columbia, and the University of Maryland-College Park, where he was Chair of the Department of Classical Studies and Director of the Center for Archaeology, and then joined Loyola University, where he was Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 1991-1998.

He authored or edited seven books and more than 100 articles in print or in press.  His books include: I ritrovamenti romani in Sardegna, (Studia Archeologica, vol. 28: Rome, 1981), Studies in Sardinian Archaeology, coedited with Miriam S. Balmuth (University of Michigan Press, 1984), Teaching Classical Mythology, coedited with Joseph F. O’Connor (APA Educational Pamphlet 5: New York, 1987), Vergil’s Rome and the American Experience, edited (The Vergilian Society of America, College Park, MD 1987), The Archaeology of Roman Sardinia: A Selected Typological Inventory, in W. Haase and H. Temporini (eds.), Aufstieg und Niedergang der römischen Welt, II. 1 (Berlin, 1988), 740-875, Wordprocessing for Classicists, 2d edition (APA Educational Pamphlet 8: Atlanta, 1991), The Periphery in the Center: Sardinia in the Ancient and Early Medieval Worlds, BAR International Series 970, Oxford, 2001,
and Continuity and Change in an Island Society: Sardinia from the Palaeolithic to the Later Middle Ages in preparation with S. L. Dyson, ca. 250 pages.
He has served as the President of the American Philological Association's Friends of Ancient History (1984), the Southern Section of the Midwest and South (1982 - 84), and the Classical Association of the Atlantic States (1989 - 90), and was the Executive Secretary of the Vergilian Society of America for more than a decade (1980-1991), for whom he also edited the annual journal The Augustan Age.

In 1994, he was honored by the Republic of Italy with the title of Cavaliere (Knight). He was a member of the Collegium Editorum from 1996 to 2007. He is survived by his wife Carol and his children.

Garrett George Fagan (1963-2017)

Garrett George Fagan, Professor of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Penn State University, passed away on March 11, 2017, after a four-month battle with pancreatic cancer. He died peacefully at home, surrounded by his family. The youngest son of the late Cecil and Maire Fagan, Garrett is survived by his sons George and Emmet, sister Linda, brother Mark, partner Julia, former spouse Katherine, sisters-in-law Maggie and Daniela, brother-in-law Pieter, nieces Fiona and Chloe, nephew Conor, and a large circle of friends, colleagues, and students. Garrett earned his BA and an MLitt from Trinity College, Dublin, and a PhD from McMaster University, Canada. He began teaching at Penn State in 1996, where he was promoted to Professor of Ancient History in 2011. As a young scholar, he never dreamed he'd be Professor of Ancient History at a large research institution such as Penn State, nor did he foresee the incredible opportunities that would open up to him: appearing in PBS's Secrets of Lost Empires: Roman Bath, lecturing on five-star cruise ships throughout the Mediterranean, filming several lecture series for The Teaching Company, and working as Professor In Charge of the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome. He was happiest when he shared these experiences with friends and family. Chief among his many publications on Roman social and political history and on the ancient world in general are his books: Bathing in Public in the Roman World (University of Michigan Press, 1999), and The Lure of the Arena: Social Psychology and the Crowd at the Roman Games (Cambridge University Press, 2011). He also edited and co-edited several volumes of collected essays: Archaeological Fantasies: How Pseudoarchaeology Misrepresents the Past and Misleads the Public (Routledge, 2006); New Perspectives on Ancient Warfare (Brill, 2010); The Topography of Violence in Classical Antiquity (University of Michigan Press, 2016). At the time of his illness he was actively involved in the editing of The Cambridge World History of Violence. A public service to celebrate Garrett's life will be held at Eisenhower Chapel, University Park, at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 25, 2017.

Michael DiMaio, Jr. (1949-2020)

Michael DiMaio passed away on February 19, 2020 after a long struggle with illness, at the age of 70. Michael was the son of Michael DiMaio, M.D, of Providence, and Livia (nee Chiolovoni) DiMaio. Mike grew up in Providence. In 1967 Mike graduated from Classical High School, in Providence, R.I, and received his bachelor's degree with Departmental and General Honors from the Johns Hopkins University in 1970. Mike earned his Ph.D.in Classics and Classical Archaeology from the University of Missouri in 1977. For over thirty years, he was on the faculty of Salve Regina University, where he had taught courses in Philosophy, Latin, Greek, Classical Archaeology, and History and was Professor Emeritus of Classics and Philosophy.

He will be remembered as one of the founders and first Praeses Senior of the academic website De Imperatorbus Romanis: An Online Encyclopedia of Roman Emperors (http://www.roman-emperors.org), now in its 24th year. In addition to his love of Graeco-Roman Antiquity, he was a fan of big band music, especially the music of the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and attended its concerts whenever it appeared locally. He was also a rail-fan and model railroader. His favorite railroad was the Pennsylvania Railroad (the standard railroad of the world) which he modeled. He travelled the main line from New York to Pittsburgh. Additionally he was one of the editors and authors of PRR Eastern Region, a route for Microsoft's Train Simulator program.

He was married for 39 years to Cynthia Mary DiMaio (nee Saccoccia), who, along with their children Alexandra and John, survive him.

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