posted August 14, 2008

Campus Memorial Service Planned for Prof. John Quinn

A campus memorial service will be held Sunday, Sept. 7, to celebrate the life of Hope College professor John T. Quinn, who died on Thursday, June 19, while running near the campus.

The service will be held in Dimnent Memorial Chapel beginning at 3 p.m. ET.  A reception will follow in the atrium of the A. Paul Schaap Science Center.

Dr. Quinn, an associate professor of classics who had been a member of the faculty since 1995, had been running alone during the noon hour when he collapsed. He was 45.

Dr. Quinn taught Latin as well as the two major languages of Roman Egypt: Greek and Coptic (Egyptian). His research interests included the translation of ancient texts. He took his students on study tours to Greece and in 2004 led an alumni tour that explored Italy's Roman past. During his career he was supported in his research by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the U.S. Department of Education, the Fulbright-Hayes Group Study Abroad in Ethiopia and Eritrea, and the Consortium for Inter-Institutional Collaboration in African and Latin American Studies.

He received the B.A. from the University of Notre Dame (1984) and the M.A. (1986) and Ph.D. (1994) degrees from the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Quinn lived in Holland. He is survived by family in the Chicago area.

A funeral mass was held on Tuesday, June 24, in Park Ridge, Ill.