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Memoir

Theodore V. Buttrey
Regents' Proceedings 479

Theodore V. Buttrey Professor of Greek and Latin, will retire from active faculty status as of December 31, 1985, after a distinguished career as a scholar and teacher which brought him national and international recognition in his general field of Greek literature, and particularly in ancient numismatics. He is a living example of the rare combination of a literary mind, interpreting and bringing to life the great works of our Greek heritage to huge undergraduate classes and the public at large and of minute research on coins as part of the ancient material culture and as direct historical evidence. Professor Buttrey received his B.A. degree in 1950 and his Ph.D. degree in 1953, both from Princeton University. He began his professional career as instructor and assistant professor at the Department of Classical Studies, Yale University, from 1954 to 1964 and continued as assistant professor in the Department of Medieval Studies at the same university from 1962 to 1964. He simultaneously held the position of a curator of the Yale numismatic collection from 1957 to 1964. In 1964, he came to The University of Michigan as associate professor of Greek and Latin, and was promoted to full professor in 1968. From 1968-71 he served as chairman, and again in 1983-84 as acting chairman of the Department of Classical Studies, and as director of the Kelsey Museum from 1969 to 1971. At Clare Hall, Cambridge University, he was, and continues to be, a visiting fellow and associate and has the status of an invited member of the faculty of classics. In 1985 he was visiting Fulbright professor at the University of Copenhagen. He has published three books on ancient, and six books on Mexican, numismatics and at present four other books are at various stages of production. The field is also obliged to him for more than 100 articles and reviews, most on numismatic topics but also on Euripides, Aristophanes, and Plato. Of perhaps even greater immediate impact are his television programs (Michigan Media) on great books, Homer, Greek drama and theatre, alchemy, Herodotus, Suetonius, and various broad aspects of numismatics. Professor Buttrey's preeminence in the field has been recognized by learned societies, the American Academy in Rome, American Numismatic Society (member of the Governing Council from 1963-83) and the American School in Athens, which have called for his services in various capacities. In addition, he is a life member of the American Philological Association, the Archaeological Institute of America, the Royal Numismatic Society, and a member of the Societe Francaise de Numismatique. He received various awards and prizes, among them the gold medal of the Royal Numismatic Society. The Regents now salute this distinguished scholar, educator and administrator for his dedicated service by naming Theodore V. Buttrey, Jr., Professor Emeritus of Greek and Latin.