Henry Rudolph Immerwahr

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In memoriam

Henry Rudolph Immerwahr (1916-2013) joined the UNC faculty in 1957 as Professor of Greek and served until 1977, at which time he took early retirement and was appointed as Director of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. He held this post until 1982, at which time he returned to Chapel Hill and, as an Emeritus Professor, continued to be active in department affairs.

When he came to UNC, he was known as the author of two long articles on Herodotus published in TAPA and had begun to create a corpus of Attic vase inscriptions, a much-needed project which had been commissioned in the 1940’s by Benjamen Meritt at the Institute for Advanced Study. Both projects came to fruition during his tenure at UNC. Form and Thought in Herodotus was published in 1966 and Attic Script: A Survey in 1990. He also established an online version of A Corpus of Attic Vase Inscriptions, with printed versions available at UNC, Oxford University, and the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.

In his active career at UNC he was a stimulating teacher, with seminars on Homer, Greek Lyric Poetry, Herodotus, Thucydides and Greek Epigraphy. He directed 15 dissertations and 1 thesis.

In memoriam, Sara Immerwahr (1914-2008)