Vale Tony Sagona
With sadness the AASV shares news of the death last Thursday of Emeritus Professor Antonio Sagona.
There will be a public memorial for Tony on Friday the 7th of July, 12:30pm, at St Carthage’s Catholic Church, 123 Royal Pde, Parkville.
It is asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation; envelopes available at the Church.
From “The Age”: Tony was a valued mentor to legions of students, engaging teacher, inspiring supervisor, highly regarded field archaeologist and respected scholar, promoter of bilateral relations between Australia and the Near East and beyond, and passionate advocate for sharing knowledge about the origins of civilization and the ancient world. He was also well known for his warmth, generosity and many acts of kindness and was a wonderful friend who will be keenly missed.
The School together with the Faculty of Arts and the wider University of Melbourne community expresses sincere condolences to Claudia, Amadea and family.”
And from Glyn Davis: “Tony was a member of the University of Melbourne community for over three decades. He completed his PhD – on the archaeology of the Caucasian region in the Early Bronze Age – at the University in 1984, and in the same year was appointed as a lecturer in Archaeology. In 2006 he was appointed to a full Professorship.
Tony was an inspiring teacher, who could hold an audience while he explained how new excavations in Turkey revealed the story of humankind moving from being hunter-gatherers to being farmers who first began to build settlements. More recently he made major contributions to the excavation of the Gallipoli peninsula, including a book in 2016 on the archaeology of the battlefield, as well as numerous public talks on the archaeological findings of this research.
His contributions were recognised by election to the Society of Antiquities in London in 2004 and to the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 2005, and by the honour of Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2013.
Colleagues at the University extend deepest sympathies to Claudia Sagona and family, and to all Tony’s colleagues and friends in the Faculty of Arts and beyond.”
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