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Dr. John Stephens Crawford

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Dr. John Stephens Crawford

AGE: 72 • Newark

John Stephens Crawford passed away on October 9, 2015 after a short battle with cancer. He was 72. Steve (as he was known to all) was born in Evanston, Illinois on July 3, 1943, the son of John William Crawford and Margaret Stephens Crawford. He was raised along with his two brothers in Northbrook, Illinois and East Lansing Michigan. His interests in early European history and art were fostered by two extensive trips to Europe in 1960 and 1965 with his family. Steve received his Bachelor's degree in Classical Studies from Michigan State University (1965), and his Master's (1966) and Doctorate (1969) in Classical Archeology from Harvard University. As a classical archeologist, he was trained in Minoan, Mycenaean, Greek, Roman and Byzantine history and art. He was a member of the Harvard/Princeton archeological team that excavated the important ancient sites of Aphrodisias and Sardis in western Turkey. As a Professor he taught a wide range of classes in art history over a thirty-one year career at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware. He was awarded the prestigious University of Delaware Excellence In Teaching Award and served as Acting Dean during his tenure. He was also Chairperson of the Delaware Humanities Forum in 1987.

Professor Crawford's published works include descriptions and details of his prehistoric, Roman and Byzantine archeological finds at Sardis. His other writings explored the relationship between Classical and American sculpture and architecture. He also had a great interest in music and contemporary art and, in his writings, he explored the paintings of Julio da Cunha and David Hornung. Professor Crawford, along with his students, researched the works of ancient art bequeathed to the University of Delaware by George M. A. Hanfmann of Harvard University. Professor Crawford loved teaching and his students. For decades he was the academic advisor for all his Department's Undergraduate students. He sponsored four Honors Program Undergraduate Research Fellows and for many years contributed to the University of Delaware's Silver Award for Graduate students.

After his retirement , Professor Crawford and his beloved wife, Helen, enrolled in many courses offered at the University of Delaware and were always seen on campus together. He is survived by his wife, Helen; his brothers, Paul and James; Paul's wife, Carol and daughter, Michelle; Helen's niece, Katina Leodas and son, Nico; and niece, Avra Leodas, her husband, John Tinker and daughter, Melina Leodas-Whelan. At his request, no services are to be held but a celebration of his life is being planned for the future. Charitable contributions can be made to the Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Avenue, Montgomery, AL 36104 ( which works to teach tolerance throughout the United States or a .

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Published in The News Journal from Oct. 30 to Nov. 1, 2015
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