Oliver Rackham (1939–2015)

Botanist and historian of the countryside, Oliver Rackham passed away suddenly at the age of 75. Rackham had a life-long association with Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he was Master of College in 2007-2008, Life Fellow and Keeper of the College Silver. Students of the Dept. of Medieval Studies CEU had the opportunity to take part in a course offered jointly by prof. Rackham and Péter Szabó on the Historical ecology of woods and Forests in the spring of 2012.

Professor Urszula Borkowska OSU (1934-2014)

Professor Urszula Borkowska OSU (1934-2014) died on May 11 after a surgery in her hometown, Lublin. Sister Urszula was Professor at the Catholic University (KUL), medievalist and specialist in the history of the Jagiellonian dynasty. She was the academic teacher of a number of CEU graduates and well loved guest professor in our department. She joined the editorial board of our Central European Medieval Texts at its foundation and served consciously for more than ten years. We counted always on her good judgment as to the selection of texts and their publication.

Jacques Le Goff (1924-2014)


CEU Mourns Senior Fellow Dr. Anna Christidou

Dr. Anna Christidou, a postdoctoral research fellow with CEU’s Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies, died on September 15, 2013 in a car accident in Athens, that also killed her father.

In memoriam James Ross Sweeney (1940-2011)

In memoriam

James Ross Sweeney 
(November 18, 1940 - August 21, 2011)


Ruth Mellinkoff (1924-2011) Obituary

Ruth Mellinkoff  (December 18, 1924-February 26, 2011).

Art historian of considerable fame, a connoisseur of the High Middle Ages and of Haute Cuisine, Ruth passed away in her own home, close to the UCLA campus where she and her late husband David Mellinkoff, Professor of Law, had been a respected and admired couple for many decades.

Saeculorum peregrinus. In memoriam Robert A. Markus (1924–2010)

Distinguished historian of late ancient Latin Christianity, particularly of Saint Augustine and Pope Saint Gregory the Great, Robert Austin Markus passed away on 8 December 2010 in Nottingham. A longtime friend of CEU’s Medieval Studies Department, Robert gave lectures, co-directed seminars and theses, and served as external reader for many PhD dissertations. In 1993 he gave a talk on Gregory the Great and the sixth century on the Hűvösvölgy campus. In 1995-96, I ran a memorable seminar on Saint Augustine with him, attended by György Heidl and Levan Gigineshvili.

Janusz Kurtyka (1960-2010)




We were saddened to learn that in the horrible tragedy of the Polish people, the catastrophic crash of the presidential plane on April 10, 2010, a former medievalist colleague of ours, Jan Kurtyka (b. 1960) also lost his life. In the 1990s, Jan participated in our research project on East Central European noble societies and met several of our early PhD students. They will remember him as a friendly and helpful person.

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