January 27, 2012
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Helen North

Helen North, legendary Swarthmore College classicist, aged 90. Philadelphia Inquirer.

We had a chat as I was packing to leave Swarthmore, heading to a glossy graduate school fellowship at Harvard. I remarked that this seemed pretty much the end of the road for me in classics, and that I'd miss it.

“Oh no,” she replied. “There’s lots of good research from people outside the field.” And she reeled off a selection of important papers by geologists and engineers. You never know where you can lend a hand.

From an interview:

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?

Clytemnestra. I admire her gumption. She is not one to be put upon.