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actor , educator , Classicist , poet

Robert Sonkowsky was a professor emeritus of Classical and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Minnesota.


Sonkowsky, Robert Paul was born on September 16, 1931 in Appleton, Wisconsin, United States. Son of Paul and Loretta Stella (Nooyen) Sonkowsky.


Bachelor, Lawrence College, 1954. Postgraduate, University Rome, 1957. Doctor of Philosophy, University North Carolina, 1958.


Instructor, assistant professor University Texas, 1958-1961. Fellow Institute Research in Humanities, University Wisconsin, 1961-1962. Associate professor University Missouri, 1962-1963, University Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1963-1964, chairman department classics, 1964-1978, professor, 1964—2005, emeritus professor, since 2006.

Distinguished Marbrook visiting professor Macalester College, 1987-1988. Actor Lawrrence College Theatre and Attic Theatre, Appleton, Wisconsin, 1950-1954, The Carolina Playmakers, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 1954-1958, Wilderness Road Theater Company, Berea, Kentucky, The Confederacy Company Virginia Beach, Virginia, summers, 1955-1958, Pillsbury House and Lyric Theaters, Minneapolis, 1991, Looking Glass Theater, St. Paul, 1993, Theater on the Park, Minneapolis, 1994-2000, Guthrie Lab Theater, Minneapolis, since 2000. Guest artist University Minnesota Theatre, 1996, Bedlam Theater, Minneapolis, 2002, Rogue Buddha Gallery Theater, Minneapolis, 2003, Theatre De la Jenne Lune, Minneapolis, 2004, LaJolla Playhouse, California, 2005, Garrison Keillon's Prairie Home Companion, Minneapolis, 2006, Comic Book Films and Heart Beat of America-television, Malibu, California, 2006.


  • Other Work

    • Author books. Contributor articles to professional journals. Also recitations and recordings of classical Latin literature in restored pronunciation.

      Literature recordings, educational feature and industrial films, television commercials.


Lay reader Episcopalian Cathedral Church of St. Mark. Lector Gregorian Singers, 1980-1989. Member St. Paul School Committee, 1971-1976.

Member American Association of University Professors, American Federation of television and Radio Artists, American Philological Association, Society for Oral Reading of Greek and Latin Literature, Classical Association Mid West and South, International Society Chronobiology (nomenclature committee), Fulbright Association (president Minnesota chapter 1991-1992), Phi Beta Kappa (president University Minnesota chapter 1973-1974, national senator 1976-1982, president Minnesota Association 1991-1995, book reviewer for Key Reporter).


Married Barbara Lou Zierke, June 8, 1956. Children: Paul Victor, Steven Robert, Michael Edward.

Paul Sonkowsky

Loretta Stella (Nooyen) Sonkowsky

Barbara Lou Zierke

Paul Victor Sonkowsky

Steven Robert Sonkowsky

Michael Edward Sonkowsky