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George Galavaris *58

Published in Dec. 17, 2003, issue

George Galavaris, an expert on Byzantine and Greek art, died in March 2003. Born in Athens, Greece, Galavaris studied at the U. of Athens before earning a PhD in art and archaeology at Princeton in 1958.

He spent his career at McGill U. in Montreal, retiring in 1994. Considered one of Canada's best teachers, Galavaris was an authority on Byzantine manuscript illuminations, and a scholar of exceptionally broad interests ranging from philosophy to poetry to the liturgy. Because he also painted professionally, played piano in home performances, and published short stories, Galavaris will be remembered by many as a modern Renaissance man.

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