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.
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.