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  • John Lenaghan
  • Professor Emeritus of History

We are sad to report the news that Professor Emeritus John Lenaghan died on July 27, 2020 at the age of 88.  Educated at the University of Iowa and at Princeton, John joined the faculty at Rutgers College in 1961, and taught at the university until his retirement in 1998. 

A specialist in classical Roman history and Latin philology, John was the author of A Commentary on Cicero’s Oration ‘De Haruspicum Responso’ (1969, reissued 2011), and the translator of the letters in One Family, Two Worlds: An Italian Immigrant Family’s Correspondence Across the Atlantic, 1901-1922, edited by Sam Baily and Franco Ramella (1988). 

John was a great teacher and in addition to teaching courses in Roman history, he was a longtime devotee of the European history survey. He also served as the department’s vice-chair for undergraduate education, and, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, as the director of the year abroad program in Florence.