Department of ClassicsUniversity of Cincinnati
Department of Classics


Archie Joseph Christopherson (1931-2011)

Archie Christopherson, Associate Professor of Classics and History emeritus, died Tuesday Sept. 20, just three days after his 80th birthday. He leaves behind his wife of 27 years, Sharon, children, grandchildren, and friends.

Archie was born in Minnesota, where he received his A.B. in Philosophy from St. Paul Seminary in 1952. His graduate work, first at the University of Minnesota, later at the University of Maryland, was interrupted by his military service. He received an M.A. in History from the University of Maryland in 1961 and then taught as an instructor at Northwestern University and the University of Missouri. He received a Ph.D. in History from the University of Maryland in 1965 with a dissertation on "The Establishment of Roman Government in the Three Gauls" directed by Wilhelmina Jashemski. Archie joined the Department of Classics in 1965 as assistant professor and was tenured in 1968. He was acting head of department in 1973-74. Over the years he directed many M.A. theses and Ph.D. dissertations and was a teacher's teacher in a variety of classes, both in Roman history and Latin literature. He was much involved with high schools in the Cincinnati area and in more recent years the Clifton community, where he lived. He will be sorely missed.