AIA News

February 17, 2023

In Memoriam: Andrew F. Stewart

Andrew F. Stewart reads his acceptance speech after winning the AIA’s 2023 Gold Medal Award for Distinguished Archaeological Achievement.

It is with great sadness that we share the news of Andrew F. Stewart’s passing and offer our deepest condolences to his family, friends, colleagues, and former students. Prof. Stewart, better known as Andy, passed away on January 13, 2023, at the age of 74, after a courageous battle with respiratory disease. He was the 2023 recipient of the AIA’s highest honor, the Gold Medal Award for Distinguished Archaeological Achievement, and he passed just days after receiving the physical award from his friend, colleague, former student, and one of his nominators, Christopher Hallett.

Andy was a powerhouse in Greek art and archaeology. After earning his PhD from Cambridge in 1972, he spent seven years teaching at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, before coming to the United States. At the University of California at Berkeley, Andy was Chancellor’s Research Professor and Professor of the Graduate School in addition to the Nicholas C. Petris Professor of Greek Studies, earning the university’s prized Distinguished Teaching Award in 2009, an accomplishment of which he was quite proud. He led Berkeley’s excavations at Tel Dor in Israel for twenty years, from 1986 to 2006. He authored eight books, including Greek Sculpture (1990) and Attalos, Athens, and the Acropolis (2004), two edited volumes, and more than 100 articles and reviews. More recently, Andy spent each summer working on the excavations of the American School of Classical Studies in the Athenian Agora, studying sculptural finds from the site, and publishing his research in a series of Hesperia articles.

Andy was a friend of the AIA throughout his schooling and career. He served as President of the San Francisco Society, as a member of the AJA Advisory Board, and was a popular speaker in our National Lecture Program, having been the Norton Lecturer in 2013, Homer S. and Dorothy B. Thompson Lecturer in 2008, and the inaugural Brunilde S. Ridgway Lecturer in 1993.

The field of Classical archaeology and the AIA are indebted to Andy Stewart. He was a prolific scholar, dedicated field archaeologist, devoted educator, and supportive colleague. He will be deeply missed by many.

Read our Member Spotlight on Andrew F. Stewart.

Read our announcement of Andrew F. Stewart winning the 2023 Gold Medal Award.

Read a remembrance from Berkeley Professors Erich Gruen and Christopher Hallett.

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