Maurice Harton, SAS

G. Maurice Harton, a first-year doctoral student in art and archaeology of the Mediterranean world, died from an unknown cause in his off-campus residence on March 3. He was 35.

Mr. Harton earned a BA in art history and classics from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a master’s of divinity from Capital Bible Seminary in 2009.  He was appointed to ministry service in Belem, Brazil, as secondary teacher at Amazon Valley Academy. In 2018, he earned a master’s in art history from the University of Texas and wrote his master’s thesis from the perspective of slaves working in the Roman palaces of Nero and Augustus.

“In the short time that Maurice was with us, he made a deeply positive impression on all of us as a highly intelligent, hard-working and affable young person,” said Tom Tartaron, chair of the graduate group in art and archaeology of the Mediterranean world. “Maurice was particularly interested in studying the architecture of the Hellenistic and early Roman East, and was busy making plans for summer fieldwork and reading German. He was a cherished member of the AAMW community, and we will miss him very much. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends.”

Mr. Harton is survived by his father, George Maurice Harton IV; sisters, Ruth Kennedy, Yvonne Towfighi and Wendy Benner; step-mother, Margie; and 15 nieces and nephews.

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