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Marion Kuntz, Regents Professor Emerita in Modern and Classical Languages

Tuesday, July 13, 2010 – Ann Claycombe

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Marion Kuntz, Regents' Professor Emerita in Modern and Classical Languages at Georgia State University, died on Saturday at the age of 85. A prolific scholar of Renaissance thought, Kuntz wrote or co-wrote five books, 28 essays and articles, and more than 35 book chapters in the course of an illustrious career.

“She was so passionate about what she did that she drew her students into that kind of passion,” said Fernando Reati, chair of Modern and Classical Languages. When she retired in 2002, it was noted that Kuntz had taught nearly three quarters of Georgia's high school Latin teachers.

In addition to her scholarship and teaching, Kuntz helped lay the groundwork for the Center for Hellenic Studies, said Nickitas Demos, professor of Music Composition and the Andrew C. and Eula C. Carlos Family Chair of Hellenic Studies.

“She worked closely with donors in the creation of the Center and was an invaluable advisor to me when I first became the director of the Center,” Demos said.

A Decatur native, Kuntz was educated at Agnes Scott College and Emory University. She came to Georgia State as an assistant professor in 1966. She served as chair of the department from 1974 to 1984 and became Regents' Professor of Classics in 1975. Kuntz held the Fuller E. Callaway Distinguished Professorship from 1985 until her retirement in 2002.

 “Her energy, charm, experience and formidable intellect will be sorely missed,” Demos said.

A funeral mass for Dr. Kuntz will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Atlanta at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 14, with burial at Decatur City Cemetery. A visitation and wake will be held on Tuesday, July 13 at H.M. Patterson & Son-Spring Hill from 6-8 p.m.

Her family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Joseph's Indian School, Chamberlain, S.D., The Atlanta Opera, or the charity of choice.