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Prof. Philip N. Lockhart, 82

February 23, 2011

Prof. Philip N. Lockhart, 82, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011. He was retired from the Asbury J. Clarke Chair of Latin at Dickinson College, Carlisle.

He was born May 3, 1928, near Smicksburg, Indiana County, a son of the late J. Donald and Margaret (North) Lockhart. His early years were spent on the family farm on which he was born. He attended one-room country schools and graduated from Punxsutawney High School.

In 1950, Prof. Lockhart graduated with a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. He held an M.A. from the University of North Carolina and a doctorate from Yale University.

In 1959, he married Elizabeth McFarland Ayer, who survives, of Westchester County, N.Y.

Prof. Lockhart served a year as a missionary teacher in Ezel (Ky.) Mission School. The bulk of his career (27 years) was at Dickinson College, where he taught Latin and ancient Greek. In addition, he taught in the Universities of Missouri, Pennsylvania and Ohio State. At Dickinson, he was a three-time winner of the Ganoe Award for inspirational teaching.

His academic honors included Phi Beta Kappa, a Fellowship of the American Council of Learned Societies and listing in Who’s Who in America. He served as president of the Philadelphia Classical Society and the Pennsylvania Classical Association. In addition, he was a member of the American Philological Association and a founding member of the South Central Pennsylvania chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America.
In Carlisle, Prof. Lockhart was an elder in the Second Presbyterian Church, and for 40 years, a member of its Sanctuary Choir. He also taught in the community Sunday School teacher training programs.

In addition to his wife, surviving relatives include a brother, Donald W. Lockhart and wife Lois of Towanda; a sister, Jean Blair and husband Sidney of Indiana; a son, Dr. Bruce Lockhart, a resident in the Republic of Singapore; and a daughter, Betsy Wood and husband Jeff of Gardners.

A ceremony of committal will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, at the Gilgal Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Indiana County.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 4, 2011, at the Second Presbyterian Church, Carlisle.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Music Fund of Second Presbyterian Church, 528 Garland Dr., Carlisle, Pa. 17013, or to the Philip Lockhart Fellowship at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Greece, 6-8 Charlton Street, Princeton, N.J. 08540-5232.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hoffman-Roth Funeral Home & Crematory Inc., 219 North Hanover St., Carlisle.
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