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John Greppin

d. May 3, 2016

John A. C. Greppin, Ph.D. born on April 2, 1937 in Rochester, New York died peacefully at home on May 3rd, 2016. Dear son of the late Ernest H. Greppin and Edna Barbara (Kill). Beloved husband of Mary E. Greppin (Hannan) for 54 years. Dear father of Sarah Greppin Howe (Mark A. DeW.) and Carl H. H. Greppin (Elizabeth K. Chandler); grandfather of Cecelia E. and Helen R. DeKorne and Kaitlyn M. E. and Chase C. Greppin; and brother of Ernest H. Greppin, Jr. and the late James F. Greppin.

Dr. Greppin attended The Allendale School, in Rochester, New York, Dartmouth College, and University of Rochester. He received a Ph.D. in Indo European Studies at UCLA in 1972. He taught Greek and Latin at the Woodstock Country School in South Woodstock, Vermont, and was a Professor at Cleveland State University from 1975-2010. Author of 16 books and 500 articles and reviews.

His academic specialty was Classical Armenian. He, along with his family, spent a year in Soviet Armenia on a State Department grant in 1974-75. In 1998 he spent a semester in Gottingen, Germany as a visiting Professor. He founded the Annual of Armenian Linguistics and edited it for 25 years. He also co-edited Raft, a Journal of Armenian Poetry and Criticism.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers that those who wish make contributions in his name to University School, 2785 Som Center Road, Hunting Valley, OH 44022.

A Reception will be held at the Cleveland Skating Club, 2500 Kemper Road, Shaker Heights, OH 44120 on Saturday, May 21st from 3:00 to 5:00 PM.


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