Colin Michael WELLS
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Colin Michael. The distinguished Roman Historian and much beloved husband and father died of a stroke on Thursday 11th March 2010, aged 76. He leaves his wife Kate, sons Christopher and Dominic, grandsons Theo and Sam, and step-mother Phyllis. He will also be dearly missed by his friends and colleagues, and by booksellers worldwide. Condolences (no flowers) or a donation to Colin's favourite charitable cause can be made via Malcolm Griffiths, Funeral Director, Heol Dulyn, Tremadog, Gwynedd, LL49 9RH. The family funeral is on Thursday afternoon; a larger memorial service will be planned this summer in Colin's beloved Oxford.
Published in The Times on Mar. 16, 2010.
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March 28, 2010
Colin was a well-loved participant of the Limes Congresses and will be missed by us all.
Rebecca Jones
March 28, 2010
Deepest condolences to Kate and family.Many happy memories of our Defence Cricket Club playing years at Rideau Hall. Syd Baldwin.
March 25, 2010
The very sad news of the death of Colin Wells comes as a shock to all his friends in the Robert Graves Society. Colin presented erudite and elegant papers at the international Robert Graves conferences in Paris in 2004 and in Oxford in 2008, and had kindly agreed to give another keynote address at the 2010 conference in Mallorca in July. His quiet charm, his learning and wit, and his congenial company will be greatly missed. We wish to offer our sincere condolences to his wife and family. – Dunstan Ward, President, Robert Graves Society.
Dunstan Ward
March 21, 2010
Kate:
Colin was the shepherd and soul of the Argyle History Club of San Antonio, our most respected member. He elevated he rest of us. He was warm, witty and gracious. Colin's presence will always be with us.
Banks Smith
March 18, 2010
I have known the Wellses since I was a little girl. Colin was a colleague of my Mum's at Ottawa University and Kate was my Montessori teacher. I have many happy memories of spending time with the family in Ottawa and also in Oxford during the summers. I will miss him greatly.

Silvia Rajagopalan (nee Treggiari).
Silvia Rajagopalan
March 17, 2010
A serious scholar and congenial colleague. I especially appreciated his dry wit. He will be missed.
My deepest condolences to his family and friends,
Randall Howarth
Former Secretary-Treasurer
Association of Ancient Historians
March 16, 2010
At our first meeting of the Association of Ancient Historians many years ago, Colin made my young colleagues and myself feel welcomed and appreciated. We had an enjoyable conversation at the Getty lunch and since then have had many other pleasant times. He will be missed.
Judy Gaughan
March 16, 2010
I have felt low all afternoon since learning of Colin's death. I cannot believe that we will never speak again. He was a gentle man and a gentleman, and his warmth and wit will live long in our memories.
My deepest sympathy to his family.
Jennifer Roberts
Past President, Association of Ancient Historians
March 16, 2010
I met Colin when he visited UC Irvine in the late 1970s, and saw him many other times at AAH meetings, including the one he hosted in San Antonio. He was unfailingly charming and witty and a delightful colleague. He will be greatly missed. --Jack Cargill, Rutgers Univ. Emeritus
Jack Cargill
March 16, 2010
Kate, Christopher and Laura, Dominic and Elizabeth, Theo and Sam--
I send you my deepest sympathy. Colin was a wonderful colleague and a brilliant historian. He was so proud of you all.
Alida Metcalf
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