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Albert Irving Suskin

Male 1910 - 1965  (55 years)


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  • Name Albert Irving Suskin 
    Born 11 Jun 1910  Craven, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Occupation University of North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Professor of Latin and Chairman of the Department of Classics 
    • Albert I. Suskin (1910-1965), a native of New Bern, NC, received his AB (1931), MA (1932), and PhD degrees from UNC, the last in 1937. He taught continuously in the department (except for military service, 1942-46) from 1936 until his death, as instructor (1936-46), Assistant Professor (1946-50), Associate Professor (1950-53), Professor of Classics (1953-65) and Department Chair (1960-65). He had just been reappointed for a second five-year term as Chair at the time of his death.
      Originally trained as a Roman historian, Suskin published articles on Livy and on the consular fasti of the Republic (the latter in two articles, the first with his colleague Gustavus Adolphus Harrer in 1939 and the second by himself in 1949), but he increasingly found himself drawn to Latin poetry as well, and that resulted in his publishing the Index Verborum Iuvenalis in 1951 (UNC Press).  Suskin also revised a sourcebook of Latin literature originally published in 1924 by two of his senior colleagues, George Howe and Gustavus Adolphus Harrer (Roman Literature in Translation, Harper, 1959), to which he added his own new translations of Plautus’ Miles Gloriosus and Terence’s  Adelphoe.  He similarly published a revised edition of B. L. Ullman’s Latin for Americans, Third Book (MacMillan, 1965). His undergraduate courses in Catullus and Vergil were famous and his devotion to the department unparalleled.  While in Europe during World War II, he earned many medals, including the Silver Oak Leaf Medal of the Duchy of Luxembourg. He married a former student, Lavinia Smith in 1953, by whom he had two children, Mark and Marcia.
    Died 7 Aug 1965  Chapel Hill, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Albert Suskin Death Certificate
    Albert Suskin Death Certificate
    Buried 10 Aug 1965 
    • cremated

      "Master Sgt HQ and HQ Company XII Corps BSM, World War II"
    Person ID I4727  Himelfarb Family Tree
    Last Modified 22 Sep 2021 

    Father Mark Suskin,   b. Sep 1876, Lithuania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Sep 1936, Durham, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 60 years) 
    Mother Jennie Kramer,   b. 14 Dec 1880, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Dec 1937, New Bern, Craven, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years) 
    Married 4 Jun 1901  Washington, Beaufort, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1717  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Lavinia Lee Smith 
    Children 
    +1. Mark Albert Suskin
     2. Marcia Patton Suskin
    Last Modified 7 Sep 2022 
    Family ID F1718  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart