It is my sad duty to inform you that Traianos Gagos died very unexpectedly on April 24, 49 years old. We have lost a very dear friend, colleague, and one of the best documentary papyrologists of his generation. We are also losing a human being who had the capacity to make everybody feel at ease and respected in his presence. His service to the field of papyrology as a whole and especially to papyrology here in Michigan is well known to all. He was a great mentor to students and younger colleagues. We miss him.
Traianos will be buried in his beloved Greece.
Department of Classical Studies
University of Michigan
A while ago I was working on the Papyrus 53 (Ann Arbor, Univ. Libr., Inv. Nr. 6652), which contains portions from Matthew and Acts. In the Kurzgefasste Liste the reconstructed format is 20-21 x 12 cm, whereas Scott Charlesworth in a more recent publication had indicated 16.5-18 x 10.8 cm. I consulted APIS and contacted Charlesworth because of the discrepancy. Eventually, Traianos Gagos, whom Charlesworth knew well, was kind enough to measure the fragments for us. As a result, Charlesworth recalculated the format to ca. 20 x 12.5 cm. This is just one small example of Gagos' kindness and generosity witnessed by many.
Gagos' colleague Arthur Verhoogt has announced on the PAPY-List that for those in the neighbourhood that can come, the University of Michigan is holding a Memorial gathering for Traianos Gagos on Monday, May 3, beginning at 4:00 PM in the Rogel Ballroom, Michigan Union, 530 South State Street. It is an open event for everyone wishing to share their memories.