In an email to the Hamilton campus community, Dean of Faculty Ngoni Munemo shared the news of the passing of the Rev. Dr. James S.A. Cunningham, the Edward North Professor of Classics Emeritus, on Feb. 19.

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,

Word reached the College over the weekend that the Rev. Dr. James S.A. Cunningham, the Edward North Professor of Classics Emeritus, died peacefully on February 19 in his native Scotland.

James Cunningham
Rev. Dr. James S.A. Cunningham

James received his Bachelor of Divinity degree from Trinity College in Glasgow, a Bachelor of Literature degree from Queen’s College, Oxford, a Master of Arts degree from the University of Glasgow, and his Ph.D. from Princeton University. He taught the New Testament at Princeton Seminary in 1962 on a Fulbright Fellowship and three years later began teaching classics at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. He returned to the U.S. in 1968 as an associate professor of classics at Hamilton, where he taught for more than 20 years. According to Elma, his wife of 35 years, James continued to be interested in the progress of his Hamilton students and remained in contact with several of them, even after he went back to Scotland to pursue his original interest and serve as a parish minister.

In addition to Elma, he is survived by a son and daughter from a previous marriage and three grandchildren.



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