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Charles Luther Babcock
Cook & Son-Pallay Funeral Home - Columbus
1631 Parsons Ave
Columbus, OH
BABCOCK Charles Luther Babcock, age 88, died Friday, December 7, 2012 at the Wesley Glen Health Center. Son of Estelle Randolph and Robert L. Babcock he was born in Whittier, California May 26, 1924. He was a World War II veteran, having served in Europe where he was awarded the Bronze Star with V(alor) device. Upon return to the US he became an aide to General Jon B. Coulter. Returning to University of California, Berkeley after the war he received his BA (Phi Beta Kappa), MA, and PhD (1953). He was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. He was a Fulbright Scholar and Fellow at the American Academy in Rome (1953-1955). Early academic positions were at Cornell University (1955-1957) and the University of Pennsylvania (1962-1966). In 1966 he came to The Ohio State University to be chair of the Department of Classics (1966-8 and 1980-1988). He was the first Dean of the newly created College of Humanities (1968-1970). Awards at OSU included the Alfred Wright Award (1968), Distinguished Teaching Award (1982), College of Humanities Exemplary Faculty Award (1989), and the Distinguished Service Award (1996). From the Classical Society of the Midwest and South, which he served as President in 1977-1978, he received the OVATIO Award of Merit (1982). Charles shared his great love of ancient Rome and the Latin language with many, not only through his teaching, but also through programs he directed in Rome: The Summer School at the American Academy (1966); Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies (1974-1975); Mellon Professor in Charge, School of Classical Studies at the American Academy in Rome (1988-1989). Survivors include Mary, his wife of 57 years; his children, Robert Sherburne Babcock of Hastings, Nebraska; Jennie Rownd Babcock of Columbus, OH; and Jonathan Taylor Babcock (Jennifer) of Salt Lake City, Utah; his grandchildren, Sara and Carl Babcock of Hastings and Eiseley Babcock of Salt Lake City. A date for a memorial service in the spring will be announced later. The family would appreciate contributions to the Charles L. Babcock Rome Scholarship (600239), which enables students to study in Italy. Contact the OSU Foundation on Lane Avenue, Columbus, OH. Online guestbook at
Published by The Columbus Dispatch from Dec. 9 to Dec. 10, 2012.
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We think of Charles and Mary often, always with fondness, gratitude, and respect, remembering the last time we saw them, at our home for dinner. We can´t believe that it´s been so long since then and since we lost him. Our love to Mary.
Nick and Jan Genovese
December 3, 2021
On behalf of the "Association Internationale d'Épigraphie Grecque et Latine" I wish to express my heartfelt condolences.
Manfred Schmidt
March 27, 2013
Our deepest condolences to the entire Babcock family ~ Dan, Sarah, and Theresa Wiley
March 11, 2013
Helen Keller said "What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us." Deepest sympathy to each of you and the blessing of many cherished memories.
Peg Stulken
February 26, 2013
I'll remember Dr. Babcock for his dignity, his gentle humor, and his genuine interest in students. In the first class I took from him, he met with each of us individually, to get to know us better. I recall being impressed that the department chairman would take the time to talk to undergraduates. My condolences to Dr. Babcock's family.
Gina Lee
February 12, 2013
Charles taught me Caesar and Tacitus. We read the Medea together. He spoke at Watterson at a ceremony honoring the students' accomplishments on the National Latin Exam. He wrote letters of recommendation which pretty much assured me of a spot at the Centro in Rome. He attended my 50th birthday party with his lovely Mary. His posters and postcards of Rome have decorated my classroom many times. He has given me books that I will always regard fondly. He awed me, he advised me, he taught me to love the Classics.
Ave atque vale, Care Magister!

Denise Davis-Henry
Denise Davis-Henry
December 29, 2012
Mary, I was sad to learn of Charles'passing, and I send deep sympathy to you and your family. What a wonderful and contributary life he led, and which you supported in every way. Love to you!
Sandy Pritz
December 17, 2012
Charles was a lovely man and while I was at Ohio State, a trusted friend. He was everything that made academia a place to respect and honor.
Alan Hausman
December 16, 2012
Please accept my sincere condolences on the homegoing of your beloved husband and father, Mary and Jennie. We will lift the Babcock family in prayer as you go through this difficult season. May your hearts alwasy be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together. Sincerely, Kelli Reavling-Cobb and family.
December 13, 2012
Livy and I (and our 2 and 4 year-olds) spent wonderful weekends with Charles and the Berias, when we were at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome in 1974. We would crowd 5 adults and 2 children into a small Fiat for excursions to neighboring towns. Charles missed not having his family with him and we filled some of the void. Charles was also an inspired teacher, who brought the Classics and Roman archaeology to life for all of us. A true humanist who will be missed by all of us. Our condolences to his family.
John More
December 13, 2012
I'm so sorry to learn about this great loss. Charles was a lovely man and a wonderful, dedicated professor--a real role model to me. I studied in Rome under his direction, and it was a life-changing experience, due in large part to his leadership. Please accept my condolences.
Tracy Barrett
December 12, 2012
My thoughts go out to you, Mary, Jennie, Jonathan, Robert, Sara, Carl, and Eiseley. Your husband, father and grandfather was a great man, loved and respected by so many. I have enjoyed many conversations with your parents over the years as Village Brook Way neighbors and Fulbright alums! Love, Sarah Boyd
December 11, 2012
When I was a Fulbright scholar myself as a teacher exchange, I enjoyed being neighbors with Charles and Mary Babcock in 2006 & 2007 and left with great memories.
It was sad to hear about this dear family's loss. Mary, please accept my condelences and be proud that there are people praying for him across the ocean.
Julide ATAY, Istanbul - TURKEY
December 11, 2012
In pace requiescat.
Jim Anderson
December 11, 2012
I send my prayers and sympathy to Mary and the family. All of us who were Latin teachers benefitted so much from Dr. Babcock's guidance and were inspired by his love of the classics.
Veronica Searles
December 10, 2012
Mary, Robert, Jennifer and Johnathan- I feel so sad and I share in your sorrow. Through my friendship with Robert and the family I was so privledged know this very distinguished man. My profound thoughts and prayers are with all of you, Your forever friend.
Charles Bruce McCall
December 10, 2012
To the family of Dr. Babcock,

I was a student of his at OSU from 1989-92 and thoroughly enjoyed having him as a professor. I will always be grateful to him for agreeing to be my professor for an independent study course for a quarter during my junior year, and for guiding me through my senior thesis. Even though he was never officially my faculty advisor, he was the one from whom I always sought advice; he was always so willing to give it, and he was very generous with his time. The one on one time with him was certainly the highlight of my years at OSU. Please accept my deepest condolences on your loss.
Lou Fancelli
December 10, 2012
Jan and I are saddened to hear that we have lost a dear, truly good, honest friend. Since I studied under Charles at Ohio State in the late '60s, he and Mary have been frequent correspondents, sharing news of family, friends, and travels. I was able to see Charles but two or three times in all these years, but he was always the same gently wry but patient adviser whom I came to admire during those years on the Oval. We will remember him and Mary always. Our condolences are inadequate but heartfelt nevertheless.

Si colit Elysium probus, insequar illum. at amoeni
campi sunt vani, mente petam cupida.
E. Nicholas Genovese
December 10, 2012
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