John Lenaghan

John Lenaghan

Monday, July 27th, 2020
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John O'Neill Lenaghan died on July 27 in his home in East Millstone where he had lived for over fifty years. He was 88 years old.

John O'Neill Lenaghan was born in Clinton Iowa on December 31, 1931. He received his B.A. from the University of Iowa and his Ph.D. from Princeton in Classical Philology. He served in the US army in Stuttgart from 1953-55. He was a Fellow at the American Academy in Rome where he met his wife Lydia Halle Lenaghan in 1957. From 1961 to 1998, he was a Professor of History at Rutgers College, New Brunswick, dedicating himself not only to his field of Roman History but also to classes in Western Civilization. Mr. Lenaghan enjoyed bicycling, bird watching, gardening, museums, the St. Louis Cardinals, traveling, wine, cooking, and the NY Times.

He was predeceased by his wife Lydia in 2019. He is survived by his children Patrick, Andrew, Julia, and Matthew and nephew Robert Thomas Lenaghan, III, along with 8 grandchildren: Miranda and Ian of Rutherford NJ, Sarah and Charlie of Brooklyn NY, Giovanni of Oxford UK, and Olivia, Nolan, and Alex of Ossining NY.

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Zarina Durrani

Posted at 05:27pm
I was very saddened to learn of Professor Lenaghan's death when reading the Rutgers History Dept newsletter. I just tried to call Lydia to express my condolences, and learned of her death last year. They were a lovely couple--so warm and kind to me, and very fun to be around. I feel fortunate I was able to speak with them both in early 2019.

John was my Western Civ professor freshman year at Rutgers (a great teacher!), and then the advisor during the year I studied in Italy. He was a large part of my fantastic experience in Florence, particularly since his daughter Julia was with him. My fellow students and I were fortunate to spend a lot of time with John and Julia, and I enjoyed myself so much. We could always count on John for an interesting story, an amusing insight, and help navigating the ins and outs of Florentine government.

My condolences to all the Lenagahn "kids," particularly to sweet Julia and to Andrew whom I met during a roadtrip we all took to Maine in 1982.

Zarina Durrani

Tom Figueira

Posted at 04:11pm
Farewell to a beloved colleague and mentor, who was one of the most honorable men whom I have ever known,

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