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Philip Austin Stadter

November 29, 1936 — February 11, 2021

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(PITTSBORO, NC) – Philip Austin Stadter, age 84, died on February 11, 2021. He was born on November 29, 1936 to the late Mary Louise Jones Stadter and John Martin Stadter.

Philip (A.B. Princeton 1958, Ph.D. Harvard 1962) served in the UNC Classics department from 1962 to 2003, ending his career as Eugene H. Falk Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Classics and of Comparative Literature. He served as department chair (1976-86); as Director of the Lilly Teaching Fellow Program, UNC-CH, 1990-1993; and as a member of the Board of Governors, The University of North Carolina Press, 1989- 2003. He served the classics profession as Director of the American Philological Association 1977-80; President, International Plutarch Society, 1991-93, 1999-2001; member of Société internationale de bibliographique classique, 2000-2015; Editor for Roman Studies, Greek, Roman and Byzantine Studies, 1969-1978; and Editor, American Journal of Philology, 1996-2000, Honorary Editor, 2000-21. He has been Prof. Emeritus since 2003, and received an honorary doctorate from the Università del Sacro Cuore of Milan, Italy in 2008.

He has been helped in his studies by a number of fellowships: Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, 1958-59; Fulbright Fellowship, 1960-61 (Rome, Italy); Guggenheim Fellowship, 1967-68 (Florence, Italy); NEH Senior Fellow, 1974-75 (Cambridge, Mass.); ACLS Fellowship, 1982-83 (Oxford, England); National Humanities Center Fellow, 1989-90; Faculty Fellow, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, UNC, 1996; Fowler Hamilton Visiting Fellow, Christ Church (Oxford), April-June 2013. He was the author of numerous publications on Plutarch, Arrian, Thucydides, Xenophon, and the ancient Public Library of San Marco in Florence.

He was a longtime parishioner of St. Thomas More Catholic Church (Chapel Hill), where he served on various committees. An active member of the Galloway Ridge community, he was also an avid hiker and traveler.

Philip was a loving and beloved husband, father, grandfather, and uncle. He was very proud of all his grandchildren, whom he cherished, loving each one’s unique spirit and gifts. Philip is survived by his wife of 57 years, Lucia Angela Ciapponi Stadter, his three children, Paul Martin Stadter(Natalie), Maria-Francesca Stadter Fox (James), and Mark Austin Stadter (Robbie), and nine grandchildren, Elizabeth, James, Nicholas, Luke, Grace, Laura, Matthew, Daniel, and Timothy, and five nephews and nieces. Philip was preceded in death by his two brothers, John Martin Stadter, Jr., and Richard Perry Stadter, and his sister, Judith Ann Stadter Gamble.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 2:30 PM on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, at St. Thomas More Catholic Church (Chapel Hill). Due to covid-19, the family deeply regrets that in-person attendance is restricted to the immediate family. A livestream broadcast will be available at

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to:
Outreach Ministry, c/o Mary Ellen McGuire, St. Thomas More, 940 Carmichael St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

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