The University of Iowa

In the news: Students and colleagues remember UI professor of African Art History Christopher Roy

February 18th, 2019

By Andy Mitchell, The Daily Iowan

African-art history Professor Christopher Roy has left behind a legacy after 41 years at the University of Iowa, a tenure that spans continents and changed the university forever. The professor died on the Sunday at 71.

Roy’s former students and colleagues shared memories of his dedication to his students, his teaching, and the numerous cultures he studied.

UI Professor Steve McGuire, the director of the School of Art and Art History, noted that he was one of Roy’s students 38 years ago.

“He was one of the first people I knew to combine the study of art and life in a uniquely compelling way,” McGuire said.

McGuire said Roy was one of the first adopters of digital technology on campus and disseminated his research to the public over a digital format nearly 30 years ago.