• Date of Birth: September 29, 1911
  • Born City: Bethlehem
  • Born State/Country: PA
  • Date of Death: March 31, 1987
  • Death City: Bethlehem
  • Death State/Country: PA
  • Married: Kathleen M. Donnenberger, 19 Jan. 1957.
  • Education:

    A.B. Moravian Coll. Theol. Sem., 1932; M.A. Lehigh, 1936; Ph.D. U. of Pennsylvania, 1948.

  • Dissertation:

    "A Commentary on C. Suetonii Tranquilli Vita C. Caligulae Caesaris Chapters 1-21" (Pennsylvania, 1949).

  • Professional Experience:

    Instr. Lat. & Engl. Moravian Coll., 1932-6; asst. prof., 1936-43; Lat. mstr. Princeton Country Day Sch., 1943-7; instr. to asst. prof. Gk. & Lat. Lehigh, 1947-53; asso. prof, class langs., 1953-5; head dept., 1956-75; prof. 1964-77; asso. dean coll. of arts & sci., 1975-7; chair pro tem. modern foreign languages, 1975-7; pres. CAAS, 1964-5; ed.-in-chief CW, 1968-71.

  • Publications:

    "Moravian Church Music—1457-1957," American Guild of Organists Quarterly 2,1 (Jan. 1957) 3-6, 16-7, 30-2; "Moravian Music," Music Journal 17 (1959) 6-7; review of Betty Radice (trans.), The Letters of the Younger Pliny, CW 57 (1963-4) 233.

  • Notes:

    Joseph A. Maurer promoted enthusiasm for classical studies in the Atlantic States region. A specialist in ancient history, Roman biography, and antiquities, he communicated to his students the importance of working with original sources. His excellent teaching was honored by Lehigh in 1973 with the Senior Lindbach Award for Distinguished Teaching and his administrative talents were recognized in 1975 by his appointment as associate dean. Maurer devoted his last years to keeping up active correspondence with his former colleagues and students, rereading his favorite Latin authors, and playing organ at local churches. He was Director of Music of the Central Moravian Church in Bethlehem and was expert on the music of the Moravian Church in Germany, England, and America.

  • Sources:

    WhWh 1978:2121.

  • Author: Edna S. deAngeli