North American Scholar

DOENGES, Norman Arthur

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1926-08-23
  • Born City: Fort Wayne
  • Born State/Country: IN
  • Parents: Elsie Mesing & Arthur Philip D.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 2018-08-26
  • Death City: Hanover,
  • Death State/Country: NH
  • Married: Pamela Lee Wiegand, August 23, 1952
  • Education:

    B.A., Yale, 1947; B.A., Balliol College, Oxford (England) University, 1949; M.A., Princeton, 1951; Ph.D., 1954; Woodrow Wilson Fellow, 1953-4; Fulbright scholar, American School Classical Studies, Athens, Greece, 1951-1952.

  • Professional Experience:

    Instr. Classics, Princeton, 1949-50; Asst. Instr., 1952-3; excavator, Agora, Athens, Greece, 1952; Instr. Classics, Dartmouth, 1955-6; asst. prof., 1956-61; asso. prof., 1961-5; prof., 1965-95; Chair, dept. classics, 1959-63, 1967-71, 1978-9; Chair, Humanities Division, 1963-7; asso. dean of faculty, 1964-6; Consultant, Excavations at Pollentia (Alcudia), Mallorca, Spain, 1962-3, 1972; Dartmouth Faculty Fellowship, 1970-1; Field Dir., Excavations at Ullastret (Gerona), Spain, 1964-6; dir. & prof.-in-charge, Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies, Rome, 1966-7; Field Dir., Excavations at the Roman colony of Pollentia (Alcudia), Mallorca, Spain 1984-97.

  • Dissertation:

    "The Letters of Theophrastus: A Survey" (Princeton, 1954; printed (New York: Arno Press, 1981).

  • Publications:

    "Achaeans," "Aegean," "Aeolians," "Arcadia," "Attica," "Dorian," "Ephesus," "Ionians," "Knossos," "Laconia," "Messenia," "Mycenae," "Peloponnesus," "Tetrarch," "Thessaly," "Troy," in World Book Encyclopedia (1968); "Piezas Singulares de una Estancia del Area Commercial del Foro de Pollentia," with A. Arribas, Trabalhos de antropologia e Etnologia 35 (1995) 397-412; "Matthew I. Wiencke in memoriam," NECN 24 (1996) 53-4; "Ostracism ad the Boulai of Kleisthenes," Historia 45 (1996) 387-404; "The Campaign and Battle of Marathon," Historia 47 (1998) 1-17; "El Forum de La Ciutat Romana de Pollentia: Estat Actual de les Investigations," with M. Orfila Pons & A. Arribas, I Jornades d'Estudis d' Alcúdia (Alcudia, mallorca, 1999) 85-100; "El Forum de Pollentia," with <. Orfila Pons & A. Arribas, El Forum de Pollentia, Memoriam de les Companies d'excavations (Alcudia, Mallorca, 2000) 51-63; Pollentia, A Roman Colony on the Island of Mallorca, BAR International Series 1404 (Oxford: Archaeopress, 2005); The William L. Bryant Foundation: A Brief history (Hanover, NH: Dartmouth College, 2005).

  • Notes:

    Norman Doenges specialized in the archaeology of Pollentia (now Alcúdia), a Roman colony founded on the island of Majorca in Spain in 123 B.C.

    Norman was richly supported while compiling a superior record as a student, graduating from Yale Phi Beta Kappa and reading Greats at Bailliol College, Oxford. He received was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Princeton, where he received his doctorate and a Fulbright fellow at the ASCSA, where he met his wife of 66 years. He served in the army for two years (1953-5) He spent his sabbaticals at the Vatican Library and the American Academy in Rome. He studied onsite at Pollentia every summer from 1984 to 1995 in the company of his students. These researches yielded the volumes by which he will be remembered, volumes published only in the year of his retirement and after. 

    He was a good-humored, kind, and diligent teacher, happy to take students on Dartmouth Foreign Study programs to Greece and Italy in the 1970s and 1980s.  An avid tennis player and hiker well into his 80s.

  • Sources:

    WhAm 63 (2009); DAS 10,3.

  • Author: Ward Briggs