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G. Roger Edwards

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EDWARDS, G. Roger G. Roger Edwards, age 94, died June 9, 2009, in Haverford, PA. Born in Southington, he was the son of the late George and Alice (Heathcote) Edwards. He was a graduate of Lewis High School, Southington. Roger received his BA from Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME, and continued his education by earning an M.A. from the John Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD in 1937 and then his Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania (UPENN) in 1939. He also received an honorary M.A. degree in 1971 from UPENN. Roger's professional career began as an assistant curator at the Bowdoin College Museum of Fine arts. He engaged in excavation and research at Corinth and Athens, Greece, at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. From 1950 to 1980, Roger was an esteemed member of the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania, beginning as assistant Professor of Classical Archaeology, then serving as Assistant Curator of the University Museum, Associate Professor of Classical Archaeology and Associate Curator, and finally, until 1980, was Professor of Classical Archaeology and Curator of the University Museum. Thereafter, he continued his affiliation with UPENN as a Professor and Curator Emeritus. He was also proud of his service to his country, having served in the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1945. His principal field work and research, between 1946 and 1967, brought him to: Corinth; Athens (Athenian Agora); Gordion, Turkey (Excavations of the University Museum); Cyprus, Kourion; and Torre Mordillo, Italy. His numerous articles appeared in scholarly journals, as well as in a book was entitled Corinth. Results of Excavations conducted by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (vol. VII, part 3, Corinthian Hellenistic Pottery, The American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Princeton, NJ, 1975. Roger was predeceased by his parents; a sister, Mildred Jones, and brothers William and Alan Edwards. He is survived by nieces, Carol Emmons and Antoinette Edwards and cousin Donald Edwards. He also leaves many great-nieces and great-nephews. A memorial service to celebrate Roger's life will be on Saturday, June 20, at 10 a.m., at First Church of Christ Congregational, Main Street, Wethersfield, CT with interment at Oak Hill Cemetery in Southington, CT. To send condolences or to share a memory, please visit http://www.legacy.com/HartfordCourant/DeathNotices.asp

Published in The Hartford Courant on June 17, 2009
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