Edward Exum Best Jr.

Athens, Georgia

1927 - 2019


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Edward Exum Best Jr. 1927 - 2019 Edward Exum Best, Jr., retired professor of classics from the University of Georgia, died peacefully at home surrounded by his family and their love on Thursday, July 25, 2019. Born May 28, 1927, he was a native of Goldsboro, N. C., and the son of Ed E. Best, Sr.,...

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I remember Ed from the very first day he walked into the Classics office when I was a first-year assistant professor in 1972. Our active collegial and friendship relationship spanned 25 years, until his retirement at the end of the 1996-97 academic year. Since then, I have seen him only rarely, usually at Departmental Awards presentations. He has often been on my mind. Ed and Jenny were generous enough to sponsor the Best Award for the finest scholarly paper produced by an undergraduate...

I never met Dr. Best, but was on the Studies Abroad trip in 1985. I'm grateful to him as the founder of a experience that changed my interests and provided tangible life-long memories.
Hampton Groover, UGA class of '86

Jenny & family, I'm so sorry for our lose.

To Jenny and family, our sincere condolences. Ed was a colleague and good friend for a long time. He was a true Renaissance man, able in he fields of Classics, archeology, farming... and volunteer for all occasions. As a Torch Club member, his presence and presentations were always of great interest. We will miss him. Bern and Gilles Allard

I was struck by the number of people who have described Dr. Ed Best as "the professor who taught me how to study or the one who taught me how to appreciate the classical world." This, along with his role as the founder of one of the oldest American programs in Rome, makes Dr. Ed Best a very significant member of the Classics department. He was generous and loyal to his friends. May he rest in peace.

My single best experience as an ungrad at UGA was the classics study abroad program headed by Dr. Best and Dr. Gantz, may they both rest in peace. Dr. Best was a serious, fun, inspiring leader. I will never forget him. My condolences to his family and friends.

Dr Best was the very model of a gentleman and a scholar. His kindnesses to our family were great, and my Tom looked to him for both friendship and shared academic interests. My love and consolation to Mrs Best and their family.

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.