We are saddened to report the passing of Frank M. Snowden Jr., AHA member and authority of the lives of blacks in the ancient world, on February 18, 2007. Snowden was 95.
Dr. Snowden was distinguished professor of history emeritus at Howard University, where he taught for half a century. Snowden’s scholarship focused on Greek and Roman encounters with black Africans from the sixth to the third centuries BC. His works include Blacks in Antiquity: Ethiopians in the Greco-Roman Experience (1970), The Image of the Black in Western Art, Volume I: From the Pharaohs to the Fall of the Roman Empire (1976), and Before Color Prejudice: The Ancient View of Blacks (1983).
Roy Rosenzweig, former vice president for research at the AHA, reports that a special session to pay tribute to Larry Levine will be held at the AHA’s Annual Meeting in Atlanta. The session will take place on Friday, January 5th from 4:45 – 5:30 p.m. in the Hilton Atlanta’s Grand Ballroom D. Eric Avila of UCLA will chair the session, which will include tributes and reminiscences from Linda Kerber, Martin Sherwin, Grace Palladino, Mary Kelly, Michael Kazin, Mary Odem, and others.
Richard William Leopold, a professor emeritus in American history from Northwestern University, and a life member of the AHA, died Thursday, November 23, 2006, in Evanston, Illinois. He was 94. Leopold, a diplomatic historian, was the author of The Growth of American Foreign Policy: A History, Elihu Root and the Conservative Tradition, Robert Dale Owen: A Biography, and, with Stanley Cohen and Arthur S. Link, the Problems in American History series. His biography of Robert Dale Owen won the AHA’s John H.
To describe Clifford Geertz, professor emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, who died on Monday, October 30, 2006, at the age of 80, merely as an anthropologist, is like describing Leonardo da Vinci just as a painter. Not only during his education—first at Antioch College, where he migrated from an early interest in English literature to a degree in philosophy, and then at Harvard University, where he studied sociology and anthropology—but also in his polymathic scholarship, Clifford Geertz displayed a remarkable ability for weaving together multiple skills, disciplines, perspectives, and philosophies.
The Association mourns the loss of Lawrence Levine, a great friend, teacher, and colleague, who died earlier this week after a yearlong battle with cancer.
His stature in the profession was marked by many of the field’s highest distinctions—a MacArthur “genius” fellowship, distinguished professorships at the University of California at Berkeley and George Mason University, the AHA’s Award for Scholarly Distinction and election to the AHA Council, and the presidency of the Organization of American Historians. Many in the discipline will only know him through his path-breaking works on race and culture, including Black Culture, Black Consciousness, Highbrow/Lowbrow, and The Unpredictable Past, but he was also an exceptional teacher.