Jim Doidge (May 12, 1945-August 2, 2008)

Jim Doidge was an accomplished physicist who was working toward a Ph.D. at the UA when, he claimed, he could no longer "ignore the beauty of Greek and Latin." Until he studied Classics, he "did not believe anything could be as beautiful as Math." He left his Ph.D. work in Physics with all but the dissertation completed after a stellar graduate career serving as a consultant for NASA, because he felt that it was only through ancient literary texts that he could be creative. He studied Greek and Latin in the UA Classics Department and spent several years of his long battle with four different types of cancer reading and discussing ancient texts. His last wish was for his partner Lee Thorn to establish scholarships in Greek and Latin in his name. "Scholarship," he told Lee, "is noble in itself." Thanks to the generosity of Jim and Lee, Jim Doidge scholarships in Greek and Latin were established in the summer of 2009 and were first awarded in the spring of 2010.

 

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