Our Grandchildren, Grace and Zac, were 12 years old on November 9, 2014

Personal Background

I was born in Washington, D.C. in 1934. In my earliest years I lived in a suburban area within a mile of the University of Maryland campus, but in 1941 my family moved  to New Orleans, where my father, a biochemist, worked at the Southern Regional Research Laboratory to develop new uses for surplus cotton. In New Orleans I attended public schools, graduating from Fortier High School in 1952, after which I matriculated at Tulane University, earning a B.A. in History, 1955 and an M.A. in Classics in 1956. In the year 1956-57 I spent a year in Munich, Germany on a Fulbright scholarship at the University of Munich.  In 1958-59 I taught German, French, and History at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, North Carolina, after which I continued my graduate work in Classics at Harvard (Ph.D. in Classical Philology, 1964).