Dr. Mark Sosower, distinguished professor of classics, passed away on Dec. 27 following a heart attack. Dr. Ruth Gross and the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures will organize a memorial service on campus in late January. More details will be provided as they become available.
Sosower was a specialist in late medieval and early Renaissance Greek palaeography and codicology. He was born in Teaneck, N.J., on April 26, 1949, to Lee and Evelyn Sosower. He attended the University of Rochester, where he studied history (A.B., 1971; M.A., 1972) and classics (M.A. 1975). He received a Ph.D. in classical studies from New York University in 1981. After two years at Seton Hall he joined the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at NC State in 1981, rising from visiting lecturer to professor in 1998 and distinguished professor in 2008. He received numerous research awards from Yale University, NC State, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Sosower is survived by his wife, Mary Julia Linehan; their children, Deborah and Robert Sosower; a brother, Jeff Sosower of Australia; and a sister, Nancy Sosower of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, gifts be made to the Mark Lawrence Sosower Scholarship, directed to the Office of Gift Planning, Campus Box 7501, NC State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-7501.