Gary Knoppers, the John A. O’Brien Professor of Theology at Notre Dame University, passed away on December 22, 2018, at the age of 62. Born in Edmonton, Alberta, to Dutch immigrant parents, Gary earned his bachelor of arts from Calvin College, a master of divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and finally a master of arts and doctor of philosophy in the Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Department at Harvard University. His dissertation was under the direction of Frank Moore Cross.
Knoppers taught at the Pennsylvania State University for 25 years, during which time he served as chair of theClassics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies Program and mentored many undergraduate and graduate students. In 2014, he moved to Notre Dame to join the faculty in the Department of Theology, continuing to teach and mentor students.