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.
Published in Denver Post from Apr. 10 to Apr. 17, 2016.