Black and white photo of Dirk t. D. Held, Emeritus Professor of Classics at Connecticut College Dirk t. D. Held was the Elizabeth S. Kruidenier '48 Professor of Classics and chair of the Classics Department at Connecticut College.

Professor Held joined the faculty in 1971 and exemplified the College's commitment to excellent teaching, research and shared governance. His work focused on philosophy and the relationship between antiquity and the modern world.

A dedicated leader and mentor, Professor Held earned the 2007 Helen Brooks Regan Faculty Leadership Award. 

The College community gathered to remember Professor Held at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 27, 2012, in Harkness Chapel. He will be deeply missed by colleagues, students, alumni and staff.

Dirk t. D. Held Obituary, from The New York Times, April 6, 2012.

"In Loving Memory of Dirk Held,"  from The College Voice, April 2, 2012

College to host memorial for Professor Dirk Held, April 23, 2012

Read the memorial service program, reflections and remembrances (pdf format):

Dirk t. D. Held Memorial Program
- President Leo I. Higdon, Jr., Reflections on Dirk t. D. Held
- W. John Coats, professor of government, Reflections on Dirk t. D. Held
- Richard F. Moorton, professor of classics, Reflections on Dirk t. D. Held
- Robert E. Proctor, Joanne Toor Cummings '50 Professor of Italian, Reflections on Dirk t. D. Held
(Professor Proctor referenced two Dirk t. D. Held articles in his remarks - Dirk Held on Magnanimity and Dirk Held on Eros Beauty and the Divine in Plato)
- Eric Adler '95, assistant professor of classics, Reflections on Dirk t. D. Held