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Diskin William Clay

Diskin William Clay

This Guest Book has been kept online by Andrea Purvis, wife.
October 08, 2016
Dear MN, It is with great pleasure that I reply to your words about Diskin.
I knew him face to face, though not intimately ....from 1962-4 when we both were students of Greek taught by the taskmaster Tom Rosenmeyer. Then DC was certainly not a boisterous type; in fact he was quite silent and reflective in class- Only much later towards the end of his life, did we meet again online and only then did I get some idea of how often he had waged war against the Titan TGR. He told me that he had carried a kind of grudge against Rosenmeyer. My guess is that RGR did not recognize the coming of age of one of the future Titans. As far as I remember he was a excellent but normal graduate student--in class where I knew him in the 60s.
Now as I review his writings including his biography which I had suggested to him in 2013-14, I find that his fine English prose was and is far better than Rosenmeyer's prose. I was jolted out of my chair when the death notice was published.... BECAUSE I had spoken to him perhaps a month before on the phone during which he was most unusually self-appreciative--which was unlike him..ever.
I should add that Professor Rosenmeyer was extremely kind with me, probably because I had arrived in graduate school with a mathematics degree and needed more couching. Behind the Tom Rosenmeyer's dragon's glare was a wonderful kindly father-figure.
I JUST WROTE THIS IN THE REED COLLEGE SITE IN RESPONSE TO A FEW WORDS OF MN,
Don Brady, PhD in comp lit in 1967--the same day as Diskin.
December 10, 2015
Hey, Diskin, old buddy!
It is with profound sadness that I read your obituary. I remember all of the fun times we had together as pioneers in the Classics Department in the "good old days" with Jim and Jane Barthelmess, Ron, Rosemary, Tom, Terry et al. I received the second Ph.D in Classics in 1965 wo we really helped the department get off to a great start. I hope to see you soon in that great Mt. Olympus in the sky. Salve atque vale, carus amicus.
August 26, 2015
I still miss you honey!
June 23, 2015
Thanks Professor Clay, for your contribution to the amazing wonders of the past. RIP.
December 09, 2014
It saddens me to learn of Diskin's death. I worked with him in the Department of Classical Studies for 12 years. I was the staff assistant and left in 1999. Diskin was the first to introduce me to "nikos" and squid and octopus. He will be greatly missed. My condolences go out to Andrea and his family.
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