Harold Evjen
1929 - 2016
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Born in Madison, Wisconsin to Reverend Randolph Evjen and Helma Evjen. He spent his school years in Arizona where he excelled in athletics and music and graduated high school top of his class. He then attended the University of Arizona in Tucson where he was captain of the swim team and graduated Summa Cum Laude in Classics. He was a Phi Beta Kappa scholar, received a PhD in Classics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He attained a law degree from Yale University and practiced law as a public defender, but Classics won him over. He began teaching at the University of Washington State, and then in 1962 taught in the Department of Classics at the University of Colorado in Boulder until he retired in 1994. He served as Chairman of the Department of Classics, founded the Hellenic Institute Academic Program in Greece. He was the cofounder of the Friends of the Libraries, and cofounder of the Hellenic American Cultural Association. He served as Executive Secretary for the American Philological Association. He taught a variety of courses on Greek and Roman authors, Roman law and established two popular courses on Greek mythology and ancient athletics. He published articles on Attic Greek authors, ancient Greek law, Roman law and ancient athletics. He was the editor of the Classical Journal and published numerous book reviews in scholarly periodicals. He codirected archeological excavations in Greece with his wife. After retirement he taught at the "College Year at Athens" in Greece. Harold is survived by his wife Hara, his son Adam, and many good friends in the United States and Greece.



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Published in Denver Post from Apr. 10 to Apr. 17, 2016.
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September 6, 2017
I took Professor Evjen's Mythology course in the early 1990's - I will be honest and say I did not do well on the tests, but was always saved by the curve. Professor Evjen had a gift of telling myths in both the way they intended as a story and for the academic make the connections with other myths and the greater world. He certainly instilled a love for Greek Mythology and the importance of how these stories bridged the millennia to us today! I am grateful for the experience.
Christopher Imhof
June 21, 2016
Hal Evjen was one of my favorite professors at CU. He taught me Greek, but he also allowed me to see that life is more than just academics. He and Hara have a special place in my heart. Hal, your influence lived on in me, and through me to the students I taught until illness made me retire. Love and sympathy to Chara and her son.
Ivy Stiles
June 14, 2016
We extend our deepest condolences and warmest thoughts. He will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege to know him. May his memory be eternal.

With much love,
The Sofos Family
Elvera Sofos
April 23, 2016
Words cannot describe the loss we feel. Hal, you will always remain in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. We will always remember your stories and your passion for the classics. We will miss you with all our hearts. Xxx
Aimee Soare
April 23, 2016
In remembrance of Hal Evjen, a truly amazing person to us all. Your light will always shine in our hearts.
Debbi & Family Lowe-Aivaliotis
April 23, 2016
From our family to yours Hal- you will always be a light in our lives. So many memories we will always cherish both during our time in Colorado and in Greece together. We all have so much admiration for you as a husband, a father and a professor and most of all a great friend. You have been a true inspiration to all of us in our lives. We will miss you but know you will always be in our hearts. Love and peace forever. xxxxxxxxoooooooo

Debbi, Gus, Gri, Aimee, Silv, Kai, Claire, Jesse, Nick, Lisa, Luke, Elysiana, Caitlin and Tallulah Lowe-Aivaliotis


Glasgow, Scotland
Denver, Colorado
Debbi Lowe-Aivaliotis
April 22, 2016
Professor Evjen introduced me to Herodotus and Thucydides in 1964 in a Greek literature class at CU. He got me to look critically at these great historians - indeed, all of the Greek classical writers. I've read them ever since. He was a wonderful teacher, erudite with a wry wit and a gift for the well-turned phrase.

My condolences to the family.
Stephen Crocker
April 17, 2016
Lucky are the folks that had the chance to take one of Dr. Evjen's Ancient Greek / Classics courses or hear him do a lecture on Mythology/Archaeology/Hellenic Studies, Extremely polished and classy, he was a rare breed. I have never met a Greek or non-Greek who loved the Hellenic culture more than he, and devoted his life to educating people on just how spectacular our history is. A true Philhellene in every sense. He will be missed.
George Leon
April 14, 2016
Very sorry for your loss.May Gods loving words give you a measure of comfort at this time (Hosea 13:14)
April 14, 2016
ALMIGHTY GOD HAS GIVEN US FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO COMFORT US DURING DIFFICULT TIMES.JEREMIAH 29:11-12
TT
April 11, 2016
Dear Evjen Family:

I met Professor Evjen mainly when he was an emeritus, but still spending time on campus. I met him in the course of my archival duties. I remember chatting with him about university history and campus politics at lunch in the UMC on a number of occasions. He was a representative of faculty from a passing generation that included such fellow CU faculty as as Keith Porter, the Bouldings, David Hawkins, Gilbert White, Omer Stewart and Al Bartlett. Humble, erudite, humorous, and affable, he was always a pleasure to meet and consult. He shall be missed.
David Hays
April 9, 2016
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