obituary

Author and Historian Christian Habicht Has Passed at 92

by Kathryn Beaton August 7, 2018

From our Classics editor Ellen Bauerle:   The University of Michigan Press notes the passing of Christian Habicht, a member of the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, from 1973 to 1998. We were privileged to work with Prof. Habicht on the publication of his book The Hellenistic Monarchies in 2006. In addition to that volume, he was also the author of very many articles and numerous other notable books, including Cicero the Politician (1990), Pausanias’ Guide to Ancient Greece (1985), and Polybius’ Histories, revised together with Frank Walbank (2010). His first two books, Gottmenschentum […]

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Allen Grossman, 1932-2014

by Phillip Witteveen June 30, 2014

Allen Grossman, cherished poet and teacher of poets, died this past Friday at age 82 due to “complications from Alzheimer’s.” He was held in high regard by those few who were privileged to know him: his students and community of fellow poets. Authoring (or anthologized in) over 20 publications, Grossman’s poetry had many tributaries, taking from Stevens, Lowell, Blake, Auden, Descartes, and others—but his voice was distinctly his own, and of course, distinctly American. His writing was not only included in the company of great artists before him, but also recognized by those alongside, distinguished as he was as the winner of a Pushcart Prize, a […]

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Saying Farewell to Karl Pohrt

by Meredith Kahn July 19, 2013

NB: This remembrance of our friend and colleague Karl Pohrt was written by Aaron McCollough, Director of Editorial for the University of Michigan Press. In one of his final posts on his personal blog, Karl Pohrt signed off with these lines from a Navajo prayer: “It is finished in beauty, it is finished in beauty.” Less than a month later, on July 12, 2013, Karl passed away in his Ann Arbor home from thyroid cancer. Most well known as the founder and owner of the Shaman Drum Bookshop, located in downtown Ann Arbor, Karl is also remembered by many as […]

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Theater scholar Herb Blau passes away

by Shaun Manning May 8, 2013

The University of Michigan Press mourns the passing of theater scholar, theoretician and director Herbert Blau (1926-2013). Blau was known as the leading American interpreter of the works of Samuel Beckett and was instrumental in introducing works of the European avant-garde to American audiences. Blau co-founded The Actor’s Workshop in San Francisco from 1952 to 1965; co-directed the Repertory Theater of Lincoln Center in New York (1965-68), and was founding provost and dean of the theater program at California Institute for the Arts and founder of the experimental group KRAKEN (1968-81). He served on the faculty at San Francisco State […]

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Virgil Trucks, Former No-Hitter Pitcher, Passes Away

by Phillip Witteveen April 3, 2013

Virgil Trucks, star pitcher during  Red Rolfe’s seasons as manager of the 1949 Detroit Tigers, died on March 23rd at age 95. Trucks, whose fastball earned him the nickname “Fire” Trucks, still came into the Tiger’s 1949 season unready according to Rolfe’s former Yankee high expectations. With a “tendency for wildness,” a predictable set of pitches, and overweight, Rolfe knew Trucks had room for improvement. “Yet when Rolfe came in he knew that Virgil Trucks was one of his main guns. Several people recognized his renewed commitment to a strong pitching performance in 1949,” William Anderson wrote in his introduction […]

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