Dr. Henry Brown Graham IV, PH.D.

GrahamDr. Graham came to CMU after a long and interesting career in the arts and archaeology. Trained at Princeton University where he earned his A.B. in European Civilization and his M.F.A and Ph.D. in Art and Archaeology, he has taught at Washington University in St. Louis where he organized an exhibit of medieval illuminated manuscripts and at New College of the University of South Florida where he set up the Medieval Fair which was attended by 10,000 people and continues to this day. While there, he took 31 students to Italy for a full semester in the European Workshop program and later became involved in underwater archaeology, diving on and excavating an American Revolutionary warship in Penobscot Bay in Maine. Then as chairman of the Art Department at Trinity University in San Antonio he established a majors program in Art History and was appointed Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Nautical Archaeology based at Texas A&M University. In that capacity, he took part in diving excavations of ancient Roman and medieval shipwrecks in the Mediterranean.

After seventeen years as a university professor, Dr. Graham, with his wife Claudia and their children, decided to make their home on a 33-foot sailboat which they equipped for world cruising. They sailed from Texas to the Florida Keys, the Bahamas, Bermuda, across the Atlantic to England, the canals of France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Spain, Madeira, the Canary Islands, and back across the Atlantic to the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico, all in a voyage that lasted nearly six years, three of which were spent in the Mediterranean.

The Grahams then settled in northern California where they raised Tuscan olives and Dr. Graham taught at a middle school where he also ran the Gifted and Talented program, produced a daily on-campus television broadcast, and sponsored the National Geographic Bee. In 2005, the Grahams moved back to a farm south of Fayette that has been in the family for six generations. After building a house and settling in, Dr. Graham was appointed to teach the history of art at Central. He is also an officer of the Fayette Round Table and on the executive board of the Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art. He also coordinates the annual Fayette Festival of the Arts, a judged art show and a 6-hour program of musical entertainment, all sponsored by the Fayette Area Heritage Association and the Fayette Newspapers.