University Mourns Death of Retired Robinson Professor

Posted: February 28, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Egon Verheyen
Egon Verheyen
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Egon Verheyen, retired Clarence J. Robinson Professor of Humanities at Mason, died on Monday, Feb. 25, after a long battle with cancer. He was 72 years old.

Verheyen came to Mason in 1987 as a Robinson Professor, one of an elite group of educators whose mission is to enrich the academic experiences of undergraduate students while continuing their scholarly pursuits on broad and fundamental intellectual issues. He taught courses such as German Expressionism and Northern Renaissance Art. He retired from Mason in January 2008.

“Professor Verheyen brought great strengths to our work in art history and to the efforts of the faculty generally,” says Mason Provost Peter Stearns. “His student trips to Germany were a particular highlight, characteristic of his concern for advancing undergraduates intellectually.”

Before joining Mason, Verheyen was a professor at the Johns Hopkins University. A noted historian of European and American art and architecture, he was the author and editor of numerous books and articles on subjects that included German medieval sculpture and architecture, Italian Renaissance and baroque art, American architecture and city planning, as well as emblematic and literary studies.

Born in Duisburg, Germany, he began teaching in the United States in 1966 and held faculty positions at the University of Massachusetts, Wesleyan University, the University of Michigan and the University of Virginia.

Verheyen is survived by his wife, Gwendolyn K. White, three children and five grandchildren.

Memorial service details will be announced at a later date.

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