Barbara Tsakirgis, a professor of classical studies at Vanderbilt University, died Jan. 16, 2019, of complications of ALS at age 64.
She graduated from Yale with a bachelor’s degree in classics in 1976. From Princeton, she earned a master’s degree in art in 1979 and a Ph.D. in classical archaeology in 1984. That year, Tsakirgis became an assistant professor in the Department of Classical Studies at Vanderbilt, where she spent the remainder of her career.
She was chair of the Faculty Council of the College of Arts and Sciences, secretary of the College Faculty, and chair of her department for two years.
Tsakirgis was the author of numerous articles on Greek domestic architecture, and her book on the Classical and Hellenistic houses of Morgantina is being prepared for publication. She had received support from the NEH, American Council of Learned Societies, Kress Foundation, and the American Philosophical Society.
She was a long-term member and officer of the Managing Committee of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. From 2000 to 2006 she was an academic trustee of the Archaeological Institute of America.
Tsakirgis is survived by her devoted husband, Jerry Spinrad *83; and two daughters, Demetria and Thalia.
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