Alan Lindley Boegehold

March 21, 1927October 29, 2015

Alan Lindley Boegehold was born March 21, 1927 in Detroit, Michigan, a son of the late Alfred L. and Katherine E. (Yager) Boegehold. He received his A.B. from the University of Michigan in 1950, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Classical Philology from Harvard University in 1954 and 1958.

He first taught as Instructor in Classics at the University of Illinois at Urbana in 1957, followed in 1960 by 41 years at Brown University in the Department of Classics where he served intermittently as Chairman and Director of Ancient Studies. His career at Brown was punctuated by visiting professorships at Harvard, Yale, and Berkeley. After his retirement he was Visiting Professor at Amherst College for two years, and Florida State University for one semester. He had a life-long relationship with the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Greece, as director for numerous summer sessions, as a Research Fellow at the Agora Excavations, as Mellon Professor, Chairman of the Managing Committee, and a trustee of the American School and the Gennadius Library.

In addition to his numerous scholarly publications, Alan took great pleasure in writing and reading poetry, producing three volumes of original work and translating the poems of Constantine Cavafy. He was an avid tennis and squash player, and knowledgeable amateur mycologist.

Alan is survived by Julie, his wife of 61 years, sister Barbara, brother David, sons David and Alan, daughters Lindley and Alison, and eight grandchildren, Benjamin, Samuel, Lucas, Thomas, Dean, Nicholas, Trevor and Grace.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 6-8 Charlton Street, Princeton, NJ 08540 or the Dartmouth Natural Resource Trust at

Private arrangements in care of the Waring-Sullivan Home of Memorial Tribute at Dartmouth. Visit for tributes


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Sam Abrams

April 6, 2017


I just learned of Alan's passing. My heart


Sam Abrams

Bob Fagan

June 4, 2016

I am so very sad to find out this news. The Boegeholds were a second family to me in high school and some of my very best memories are of being with them at their summer house at Great Neck and their home on Barnes Street in Providence. - Robert Fagan

Marcia Musiak

November 25, 2015

Julie, My thoughts and prayers are with you. Alan was a wonderful man and I was so happy to have met him.

November 13, 2015

Sincere condolences goes out to the Boegehold family for your sad loss.

November 11, 2015

Alan brought Tolkien into my life by bringing the trilogy to my cousin Harry in the mid-1950s, an experience I never forgot. Thank you, Alan, and enjoy a well-deserved rest.

John Bliss


November 9, 2015

I am so sorry for the family's loss. Constant prayer will help you through this difficult time. 1 Thessalonians 4:6,7

Austin White MD

November 8, 2015

Dr Boegehold was a truly kind and gentleman. I thourghly enjoyed his class. I feel his recommendation for me to Boston University School of Medicine was key to acceptance. He will be missed by family and past students alike.

John C. Lavezzi

November 2, 2015

Alan was a great scholar and a friend since over 45 years ago. I will miss his wit and constancy.
Condolences to Julie and the family.
May he rest in peace.

Brian Lavelle

November 2, 2015

What a wonderful man, teacher, scholar, human being, Alan was. I met him at ASCSA in 1980. He explained to us students in the National Museum in front of the vase how he'd solved the Nessos Amphora inscription. Masterful and so inspirational. Such a nice and kind man in every situation. He will be missed.

Julie Warringon

October 31, 2015

Dear Julie and family,
I find it hard to write, but I am going to give it a try. Michael and I are so very sorry to hear about the loss of Uncle Alan. He was such a fun person to be around. He will be missed by many especially his loved ones.
Much love your niece,Julie and Michael