Mark Golden

Mark GoldenMark Golden
University of Manitoba
Auguest 6, 1948-April 9, 2020

Mark Golden, born in Winnipeg on August 6, 1948, died in Winnipeg April 9, 2020. Raised in Ottawa, PhD Toronto 1981, teacher, scholar, activist, Professor Emeritus, University of Winnipeg, Honorary President of the Classical Association of Canada. Survived by son Max (Stephanie), newborn grandson Owen Markus; best friend/sweetie Jo-Anne Douglas; mother Molly; nieces Julia (Joe), Darcy (Jordan), their children, and their mom Charlotte Bell. Predeceased by his father David; brother Peter; sister Sari; and infant daughter Katie Rose. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to either the Peter Golden Social Justice Fund c/o Victoria Foundation, #200 - 703 Broughton St, Victoria, BC V8W 1E2 or the Errol Black Chair in Labour Studies, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Manitoba, #301 - 583 Ellice Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3B 1Z7. A celebration of Mark's life will be held in the summer when we can hopefully hug each other. (

Message from the Department of Classics at the University of Wiinnipeg: 
We're deeply saddened at the passing of our valued colleague and friend, the inimitable Mark Golden, on April 9th 2020. Mark brought to bear his keen intellect, deep sense of social and political justice, and brilliant wit to all his endeavours. He was a great influence on Classical scholarship, especially social history; a champion of Classics at the University of Winnipeg and in Canada; and, above all, a kind and generous person. Our condolences go out to his partner, Jo-Anne, his son Max, and his extended family.

Here is the citation read when Mark was named Professor Emeritus by the University of Winnipeg in 2015:

Described as “Canada’s foremost Classics scholar” by The Globe and Mail, The University of Winnipeg’s Mark Golden is considered to be an unrivalled contemporary expert in the field of social history of Ancient Greece, and in many ways has shaped the direction of the discipline. 

Described as generous, Golden is a favoured professor known for stimulating the interests and refining the academic skills of his students. His insightful works enlighten a broad readership while challenging and advancing the understanding of his colleagues in the field. His book Children and Childhood in Classical Athens is now in its second edition; he has six other books or edited volumes to his credit, not to mention some 48 journal articles and book chapters. In 1998, The University of Winnipeg awarded Golden the Erica and Arnold Rogers Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship.

His reputation as a scholar is further evidenced by numerous invited distinguished lectureships, including the Stubbs Lecturer, University of Toronto and the Edson Memorial Lecturer, University of Wisconsin.

His contributions to The University of Winnipeg over the course of more than thirty years have been remarkable in all areas. Golden has successfully combined excellence in research and teaching with a strong commitment to institutional governance. He has served as a Senate Faculty Representative on the Board of Regents, was a regular member of Senate and worked tirelessly to maintain the library as a key intellectual centre of the institution.

He is seen as a moral compass and a stout defender of the principles of academic freedom. His persistent appeal for equity within the institution has pushed the Faculty Association to take up larger causes.

Mark Golden exemplifies the best of The University of Winnipeg and is considered a true “citizen of the University”; the institution recognizes him as Professor Emeritus.

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