Albert I. Suskin (1910-1965) received his AB, MA, and PhD degrees from UNC, the last in 1937. He taught continuously in the department from 1936 until his death, promoted through the ranks from Instructor to Professor.  He served a term as Chair (1960-1965) and had just been reappointed for a second term at the time of his death.  Originally trained as a Roman historian, he increasingly found himself drawn to Latin poetry as well.  His undergraduate courses in Catullus and Vergil were famous and his devotion to the department unparalleled.  For a more detailed account, see here.

The Albert Suskin Memorial Fund was established after Professor Suskin’s death by his friends and family.  It is used (1) to fund a competitive annual prize for an undergraduate student for excellence in Latin poetry and (2) to support undergraduate and graduate students working in Classics.  In recent years it has become one of our key funds to provide financial support for graduate student travel, especially for presenting papers at professional meetings.  For current and former winners of the Suskin Prize, see here.   Please consider making a gift online to the Albert Suskin Memorial Fund (101471).