Dr Julia Harvey: Noted Egyptologist was regular visitor to Inishowen
NOTED Egyptologist Julia Harvey was a regular visitor to Inishowen in Co Donegal where her mother is a prominent artist.
The academic, who died aged 57 following a year-long illness, was born in Bristol and spent her childhood in Celbridge, Co Kildare.
She excelled at badminton at The King’s Hospital School in Palmerstown, Co Dublin, winning All-Ireland championships, and continued playing until months before her death.
In 1979 she entered Durham University, graduating with a degree in Egyptology, followed by post-graduate studies in Heidelberg in Germany.
In 1987 she married Jacobus (Jaap) van Dijk, lecturer in Egyptology in the University of Groningen in The Netherlands, where they settled.
Julia was awarded a PhD by University College, London for her thesis A Typological Study of Egyptian Wooden Statues of the Old Kingdom, with her research took her to many museums and sites around the world.
She continued to publish papers, write chapters in books and address conferences on this subject throughout her life.
She also established a series of pioneering courses in Egyptology for the Senioren Academie (University of the Third Age) and often took her students on guided tours of Egypt.
Julia and Jaap would also visit her family in Ballagh Studio, Malin, Co Donegal on an annual basis.
Her mother Ros Harvey features regularly in Royal Ulster Academy exhibitions in Belfast.
Dr Julia Carol Harvey died on August 8 in The Netherlands. She will be deeply missed by her husband, three stepsons, her mother, stepfather Tim Stampton, sister Mary and brother Max.