In Memoriam – Dr. Crawford H. Greenewalt, Jr.
May 7, 2012

Dr. Crawford H. Greenewalt, Jr.

On Friday, May 4, University of California, Berkeley, Emeritus Professor of Classical Archaeology Dr. Crawford H. Greenewalt, Jr., the longtime excavation director at Sardis in Turkey, died at the home of his sister in Delaware. Dr. Greenewalt was a leading figure in archaeology, revered as an excavator, scholar, educator, and friend. In honor of his vital role in archaeology, the Archaeological Institute of America presented him with our Bandelier Award for Public Service to Archaeology in New York at our annual gala on April 25.

The AIA extends our condolences to the family of Dr. Greenewalt, as well as to his many colleagues, students, and friends in the world of archaeology. Below is a list of links for all who would like to know more about the man known as Greenie. Please leave any thoughts you have about Greenie that you would like to share in a comment below.


Greene Bey!

O benim öğrenciliğimde tanıdığım ve tanımış olmaktan her zaman gurur ve mutluluk duyduğum, dünya iyisi bir insandı. Kibarlık, insaniyet, düşüncelilik, alçakgönüllülük....... daha sayamayacağım uzayıp giden güzel insani özellikler ve erdemler.Onu düşününce aklıma hiç kötü bir şey gelmiyor.

Rahat Uyu


The world of Archaeology has lost the kindest and most modest member.

I extend my condolences to the family of Dr. Greenewalt.


You've a friend, Greene Bey, will never be forgotten.

C. Tanriver

Izmir, Turkey

I am terribly sorry to hear this news. He was agreat friend of Turkish archaeology and an important figure for all of us.


Dr. Bilge Hürmüzlü

SDÜ Archaeology department, Isparta Turkey

Truly sorry to learn he has passed away as Professor Greenewalt was a most kind and gracious man in an unassuming and discretely gentle fashion. Vale, Greenie.

People were asking me about Greenie in London, Ontario at the CAC, but I only knew he was ill.  I return to the US to find he has died while I was in Canada.  His loss is a sad event for Berkeley Classics, for he was a true gentleman and a scholar.  I had the pleasure of working for him twice as a grad student, and he was a terrific scholar, friend, lecturer, and philanthropist.  He has quietly funded Classical studies and students, never asking for any recognition.  Vale, o amice sapiente.

pray to God to let his soul rest in peace as he helped us to understand history and archaeology .

rest in peace

I am so sorry to hear about Professor Greenewalts's passing. I was a student in one of his classes last year at the University of California, Berkeley. I took a classics course about Greek and Roman art and archaeology. I was always looking forward to each class every week; it was truly one of my favorite classes I have ever taken. He was a wonderful teacher with so much knowledge about this subject. I always appreciated his old photographs in his lecture presentations of him and his excavation teams at the sites he was teaching us. Professor Greenewalt inspired me to continue on with Classics. It is a very sad time but I am so honored to have been one of his students. My thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends.

I am deeply saddened to hear this news.  Professor Greenwalt was a wonderful teacher and role model to me and countless other students.  Greenie always displayed kindness, gentleness of spirit, and generosity to everyone he met, and he will truly be missed.  

My deepest condolences to Greenie's family and friends. He was a true gentleman, an inspiring scholar and teacher, and someone who always brought wonder and delight to every conversation. Vale indeed 

The World lost a great archeologist and Turkey lost a great friend!

My heartfelt condolences to a tireless scholar and a passionate archeologist...

Sorry to hear about Mr. Greenwalt. He was a pioneer.  May he rest in peace.. 




I am very sorry to hear about this news. Great loss for the world of archaeology! Prof. Greenewalt was an example to the many young researchers not only with his deep knowledge and wide perspective, but also with his modesty, congeniality and helpfulness. I express my condolences to his family and to the archaeological community.

Murat Tozan

Such sad news!  Greenie was as kind as he was intelligent, and he leaves a tremendous legacy.  He will be dearly missed.  My deepest condolences to his family.

Greene Bey... I am so sorry to hear about this news. Great loss for all us, for all archaeologists. Rest in peace, kind and helpfull man.

I am so sorry to hear this news. A great lost for all of us. Rest in peace Greene Bey.

Dr. Sedef Çokay

Istanbul University



Arkeoloji dünyasının en değerli ve en mütevazi hocalarından birisini kaybettik. Tanımaktan onur duyduğum    çok değerli bir arkeologdu. Sardeis'de gerçekleştirdiği kazılar, Lydia arkeolojisi üzerine yürüttüğü çalışmalar ve yayınlar hiç bir zaman unutulmayacak. 


Dr. Yusuf Sezgin

I am terribly sorry to hear that Greene Bey, the most kind and gentle person I have ever known, has passed away. Turkish archaeology will always feel his absence. May he rest in peace.

I met Dr Greenwalt in Ankara at a Sardis lecture in April 2010. It was a significant

moment for me as he came up to me after I asked a question to the lecturer. He thought it was a provocative question that had some merit. Actually I didn't even know who he was until later.  He was very modest and gave me his email. I saw Sardis the next day. He gave me advice on classical studies and archaeology.  He thought I should combine my medical skills with archaeology some how. 

Hocayı Sardes'in büyük ölçekli haritasına gereksinimi nedeniyle tanımıştım ve çok yakın dost olmuştuk. Kırk yılı aşkın bir süre birbirimizi aradık sorduk. Muhteşem kişilği ile beni ve ailemi büyüledi. Buğün benim arkeoloji bilimi ile gerçekten çok yakından ilgileniyor olmamda ve çocuklarımın da arkeolog olmalarında kuşkusuz çok büyük etkisi oldu. Onu yaşadığım sürece bütün güzellikleri ile anıyor ve özlüyor olacağım, mekanı cennet olsun.

Greenie lectured in St. Louis several times in the forty years I knew him.  He was recently the St. Louis George E.  Mylonas lecturer.  He was a terrific speaker and we had a wonderful time reminisicing.  My condolences to his family.  Judy Brilliant, AIA, St.Louis

Crawford Greenwald Jr. followed his soul's calling to explore the roots of an ancient culture that was half a world away from his family and his hometown where lessor men would have acquiesed to the life of priviledge and ease hard-won by the labor of their illustrious forebearers.  Dr. Greenwald achieved both recognition and respect for his mastery of the subject of his scholarship and was equally recognized for his humanity and for his humility.  He was the conductor who oversaw the orchestration of the revelation of one of the deep roots of mankind's urg to organize and make civil our human community.  Greenie would have succeeded in whatever he might have chosen, but he had the courage to follow his heart to unearth and explain a long lost city from ages past.  Along with many others, I, too, regret his mortal passing, and I am also sorry that there are not more men like him on this earth.......

May the earth rest lightly upon a man I knew, respected and loved from the time I met him while students in Greece to the last time I saw him, many years ago, at an AIA convention. He was a generous, thoughtful person, private yet open, and a wonderful archaeologist.

Years ago I happened to have a meeting during Berkeley summer school in Greenewalt's office with one of his grad students; I'll never forget what a huge number of green-jacketed Loeb volumes the absent Professor G. had managed to stuff into his small office.

I was priviledged to be shown around the site at Sardis on two occasions with Crawford Greenewalt. The first was on an AIA tour of Turkey in 1986 led by Machteld Mellink. The second occasion was on an ASCSA On-Site tour in 1996, led by Richard Mason and Bill Wyatt. He was a wonderful host and I am glad to have known him.

I  have fond memories of Greenie.   I have   had severl chats  with him though out the years.   I will miss him.

I too took a Classics course at Berkeley from Professor Greenewalt, in the early 1980's, and although it was a lecture course in a large hall filled with undergraduates like myself, I appreciated both his dry sense of humor and his encyclopedic knowledge of his chosen subject.  I was sad to learn of his passing, courtesy of an obituary in the California alumni magazine.  I can't say I knew him personally, but in many respects, his easy erudition seemed almost a parody of what a college professor should be -- but in a good way, in a way that his stuck with me over the years.

Thank you, Greenie, for being a model of academic zeal, joy and integrity.  I feel privileged to have worked with you. 

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