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Albert Travis

Professor of Classics, Emeritus

UC Los Angeles

1913 – 2006


Albert Travis was born in Los Angeles, California on December 22, 1913. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; daughter, Isabel Pulbers; stepson Grant Bettingen (Christi); daughter-in-law, Colleen Manchester; and grandchildren, Victoria, Courtney, Erin, Billy, Brittany, and GJ. He was predeceased by brother, Wayne, and stepson, John Bettingen.


Albert was a professor emeritus of the University of California, Los Angeles where he taught Classics for 33 years, and he served as chairman of the department for 13 years. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Southern California, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and received the Lotti Lane award for the highest grade point average. He was a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity. He attended Harvard graduate school, where he earned his Master’s of Arts and Ph.D. degrees, and then taught at Harvard and Radcliffe. He was the published author of many scholarly articles and books. His career was interrupted for four years while he served as a Lt. Commander in the United States Navy; while on Adm. Durgin’s staff in the South Pacific, he was awarded the bronze star.


His many interests included sailing, wine collecting, gourmet cooking, and traveling. He enjoyed his past memberships in the Southern California and Pasadena Wine and Food Societies, the Men’s Garden Club of Los Angeles, La Grulla Gun Club, and the Valley Hunt Club. A true “gentleman and scholar,” with a great sense of humor, he will be sorely missed.



Los Angeles Times, June 25, 2006

Approved by Jean Giovannoni, Vice Chair, UCLA UEPRRC