SCHORK, R. Joseph Emeritus Professor of Classics Professor Rudolph J. "Joe" Schork has died at the age of 88. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, and raised in Elyria, Ohio, Professor Schork graduated summa cum laude from the College of the Holy Cross in 1955, with a major in Greek and Roman classics. Upon graduation, he took up a Fulbright Scholarship to Oxford University, where he was awarded a D.Phil. degree in 1957, as a member of Exeter College and under the direction of Professors C.A. Trypanis and Paul Maas. His academic career began at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio, and encompassed tenured appointments at Georgetown University, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Massachusetts Boston (where he was brought in as full professor and department chair and served from 1975 to his retirement in 1995). He was an exciting and imaginative teacher, with students regularly applauding his dynamism and likening him to their most inspirational sports coaches. He rounded out his professional portfolio with a genuine and generous dedication to service to his serial academic institutions, regularly entrusted by his departments, deans, and upper administrators with a plethora of critical roles in academic shared governance. Although his dissertation (and first book) centered on the Byzantine author, Romanos the Melodist, he was at heart a classical generalist, teaching and publishing scholarship in the areas of both Greek and Latin language and literature. An interest in the classical tradition in modern literature further engendered studies of post-classical authors as varied as Shakespeare, Milton, Thomas Mann, Stendhal, and Oscar Wilde. A late-career fascination for tracing the cleverly-encoded classical allusions in the complex works of James Joyce inspired him to write numerous articles, make many international conference presentations, and author three books on Joyce. In all, Professor Schork published over 70 articles and 4 books. Professor Schork is survived by his beloved daughter and granddaughter, Boston artist Heidi Schork and Sophia Clarke of Washington, DC; by his ex-wife, Jeanne Delay Schork; by his long-time partner, Betsy Boehne; by his sister, Carol Mitola; and by a number of nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by another sister and brother, Ann Doherty and Tony Schork. Memorial donations may be made to St. Ignatius Loyola Academy, 1911 W. 30th St., Cleveland, OH 44113 or online at https://www.ignatius.edu/give/give_now?ext=
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Published by Boston Globe from Oct. 1 to Oct. 3, 2021.