The British School at Athens was saddened to hear of the passing on 25 May 2018 of Michael Walbank, Emeritus Professor at the University of Calgary, an important figure in Greek epigraphic studies and a long-time member and supporter of the BSA.
Michael had a long association with the BSA, first arriving in the summer of 1971 and staying there frequently as a member until 2007. He made extensive use of our Library both during his visits and also at home, when he could no longer travel, with the assistance of the Library staff which he valued greatly. The focus of Michael’s work was Attic inscriptions and much of his primary research was done in the Athenian Agora. He was also a member of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. In addition to his many articles, several of which appeared in the Annual of the BSA (1974, 1989 and 1990), Michael published three monographs: Athenian proxenies of the fifth century, BC (Toronto 1978); Inscriptions: Horoi, poletai records, leases of public lands, co-edited with Gerald V. Lalonde and Merle K. Langdon (Agora Excavations vol. 19, 1991); and Fragmentary decrees from the Athenian agora (Hesperia Supplement 38, 2008). More recently, Michael‘s interests extended to the inscriptions of Roman Corinth, on which he published several articles, two co-authored with his wife.
Michael is survived by his wife, Mary Hoskins Walbank, herself an academic. Together they have made a regular series of donations to the BSA Library to help sustain its important epigraphic and numismatic collections, for which the BSA is enormously grateful.