Harold D. Juli

Published in The Day of New London, Feb. 12, 2007

Harold D. Juli, Ph.D., 59, died on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2007 after an eight-month battle with cancer.

He arrived as an instructor at Connecticut College in the fall of 1974 and earned his doctorate in anthropology from Brown University in 1978. A professor of anthropology at Connecticut College for 33 years, Harold was also the associate dean of the faculty from 1987 to 1990, before returning to full-time teaching.

He was a member of the Connecticut State Historical Review Board for thirteen years, followed by a gubernatorial appointment to the Connecticut State Historic Commission. Harold worked tirelessly towards the preservation of Connecticut's archaeological sites. Additionally, he conducted archaeological digs in Peru, Alaska, Israel, as well as in Old Saybrook, Mamacoke Cove, New London, Old Lyme, Scotland, Conn., Mystic Seaport, the Henry Whitfield State Museum, The Florence Griswold State Museum, and finally as a visiting professor at La Universidad de las Americas, Cholula, Mexico where Harold conducted both archaeological and ethnographic fieldwork in Puebla, Mexico.

Harold was also an active member and leader of Congregation Beth El. He served as a member and an officer on the board of directors for many years, including chair of the Ritual Committee and several search committees. He served for many years as the "Gabbi" at High Holy Day services. Harold took tremendous pride and joy each Rosh Hashanah, when he was privileged to blow the traditional ram's horn, the shofar.

Harold was predeceased by his father, Sam, and his mother, Paula, both born in Radom, Poland, both having survived the Holocaust and internment in several concentration and slave labor camps. They were married in December 1945, and immigrated to the United States in March 1947.

He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Harriet; his brother, Herbert; his daughter, Sara, and son-in-law, Chris; his son, Eric, and daughter-in-law, Julie, and his grandson, Sam. He is also survived by Selma and Seymour Bauch, his loving in-laws. Throughout his life, Harold dedicated himself to faith, family, and the Connecticut College community, educating, mentoring, and inspiring others to the very end.

The funeral service will be held today, February 12, at 11 a.m. at Congregation Beth El, 660 Ocean Ave., New London.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Harold's memory to either the Congregation Beth El Building Fund, or Connecticut College.