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John Vaio (1939-2021)

The Department of Classics and Mediterranean Studies was saddened to learn of the passing on November 19, 2021 of Dr. John Vaio (1939-2021), Professor Emeritus of Classics.

After receiving his doctorate from Columbia University where he was also valedictorian as an undergraduate, he joined the UIC faculty in 1975. Though he retired in 2003, John continued to teach in the Department of Classical and Mediterranean Studies and kept an office on the 18th floor of University Hall until just before his passing. Throughout his career, he served as reviewer and editor for numerous journals, received many awards and grants in support of his research, and presented internationally. During his time at UIC, John taught courses at all levels and introduced thousands of students to Greek and Roman literature.

John’s contributions to our department and his kindness will be missed.

Prof. Vaio's obituary can be read online.