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Obituary, Andrew Ladis

Andrew Ladis, 58, art historian and member of the UGA faculty, died on Dec. 2 after a long battle with cancer.  

At the time of his death, Ladis was the Franklin Professor of Art History at UGA’s Lamar Dodd School of Art, a position he held for more than a decade.

A specialist in the painting of the early Italian Renaissance, he played a prominent role in international scholarship in that field, writing or serving as general editor of 14 books and producing many articles and ­published ­lectures. Ladis was the recipient of several international awards and appointments; he was a presidential appointee to the Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Born on Jan. 30, 1949, in Athens, Greece, Ladis moved to the U.S. as a small child with his family, eventually settling in Richmond, Va. He attended the University of Virginia, receiving a bachelor’s degree in history in 1970. He earned a master’s degree in 1974 and a Ph.D. four years later, writing his dissertation on the 14th-century Italian painter Taddeo Gaddi.

Ladis is survived by William ­Underwood Eiland, his partner of 37 years, currently the director of the Georgia Museum of Art, and by his sister, Maria White Davis.

Memorial gifts may be made to the UGA Foundation (394 S. Milledge Ave., Athens, GA 30602) for the benefit of the Andrew Ladis European Travel Scholarship at the Lamar Dodd School of Art.

A memorial celebration will be held Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. at the Chapel with a reception to follow at the Georgia Museum of Art.