Mark P.O. Morford


Mark Percy Owen Morford was born in Sri Lanka, the son of a tea merchant. He received his secondary education in England at Winchester College and earned a B.A. and M.A. from Oxford. He received his Ph.D. from the University of London. He began his teaching career at preparatory schools in Kent England then in Baltimore, then back to England’s Lansing College before moving into CAMWS territory where he was a loyal member for three decades and President in 1981-2. He settled in first at Ohio State, where he taught from 1964 to 1984 and chaired the department from 1968 to 1980. He then moved to the University of Virginia from 1984 to 1998. His final academic position was as Kennedy Professor of Classics at Smith College. He is best remembered for his widely used textbook on Classical Mythology (with Robert Lenardon and Michael Sham) and also for his studies of Juvenal, Persius, and Justus Lipsius.  Mark Morford died on October 14, 2019 in Amherst, Ma, at the age of 90.