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ERIC DAVID FRANCIS
Eric David Francis, associate professor of classics, died on March 16, 1987, in Austin. He was 46.
Professor Francis was born on August 13, 1940, in Sheffield, England. He studied at Cambridge University, where he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in 1962 and 1965, respectively. He was awarded another master's degree and his PhD from Yale University in 1967 and 1970, respectively. After completing his doctorate, Professor Francis held the Morse Fellowship at Yale in 1972-73.
Following teaching posts at the University of California at Los Angeles and Yale University, Dr. Francis joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin in 1975. He taught classical mythology, Greek civilization, and Greek poetry. He was recognized with two teaching awards by the University. The College of Liberal Arts awarded him the Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1981. He won the Jean Holloway Award for Teaching Excellence in 1985.
Professor Francis served as Waynflete Lecturer at Oxford University, Magdalen College, in 1983. He published widely in professional journals, including Classical Quarterly, Journal of Hellenic Studies, and the Oxford Journal of Archaeology. He also served on the editorial board of the Journal of Mithraic Studies.<signed>
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Teresa Palomo Acosta and posted on the Faculty Council web site on November 17, 2000. Additional biographical sources can be found in the Barker Texas History Center and the UT Office of Public Affairs.