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Colin Wells

Colin WellsIt is with great sadness that we announce the death of Colin Wells, former T. Frank Murchison Distinguished Professor of Classical Studies. Professor Wells died March 11 in North Wales. He was 76.

He was born in West Bridgford, Notts, England and attended Oriel College, Oxford before he was called for military duty. He served part of his military service in both Egypt and Germany before returning to Oxford, where he received his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees.

Professor Wells will be remembered for a distinguished academic career, which included groundbreaking field work at Carthage, the ancient Roman city in North Africa. In 1976, he began directing a team of researchers with the excavation of Carthage. For more than 20 years, Professor Wells would return to the site during the summer and document important discoveries in the understanding of the Roman outpost.

Professor Wells came to Trinity University as the first Murchison Distinguished Professor of Classical Studies in 1987. At the University, he served as chair of the classical studies department, was a member of the Curriculum Council Committee, and the Faculty Development Committee.

In 1990, Professor Wells began taking Trinity students to Carthage to help with the field work. Along with his archeological work, he was a prolific writer who had numerous publications to his credit, including the books The German Policy of Augustus: An Examination of the Archaeological Evidence and The Roman Empire.

Professor Wells retired from Trinity in 2004 and was given the title professor emeritus.

He is survived by his wife, Kate, sons Christopher and Dominic, and grandsons Theo and Sam. A private funeral was held on Thursday, March 18; a larger memorial service is planned for this summer at Oxford.

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