A sad announcement:

Tom Sizgorich, who helped lay the foundations for the Ancient Borderlands RFG, passed away suddenly on January 27, 2011.

Tom received his Ph.D. (2005) from UCSB and was Associate Professor of History at UC Irvine. His path-breaking book, Violence and Belief in Late Antiquity, appeared in 2008. More than any scholar before him, Tom was able to straddle east and west in Late Antiquity, showing how the new Islamic world both followed and broke from the traditions of the ancient Mediterranean. Tom is survived by his wife Nancy, an Assistant Professor of History at UC Irvine. Tom was not only a brilliant scholar, but a man whose exterior gruffness and irreverent sense of humor veiled a very gentle soul. We will all miss him dearly.

Tom's family, friends, and colleagues have established a fund for the Tom Sizgorich Memorial Incoming Graduate Student Award. The award will go to economically disadvantaged or non-traditional incoming graduate students at UCSB for study in Ancient History, Late Antiquity or Early Islamic History. For more information please contact Elizabeth DePalma Digeser or Hal Drake.

Checks should be made out to UCSB Foundation / Thomas Sizgorich Memorial Fund and mailed to:

Thomas Sizgorich Memorial Fund
Office of Community Relations
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-1136

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