Liane Houghtalin (pronounced Lee Ann HoTEL Inn) was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. She received her A.B. in classical archaeology and Latin from the University of Michigan, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in classical archaeology from Bryn Mawr College. After teaching at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome, Hollins College, and Randolph-Macon College, she joined the faculty of Mary Washington College in 1995.
John D. Mac Isaac was born in New York. Due to his father’s Air Force assignment, John received his high school diploma from the American Academy (ACS) in Athens, Greece, thus beginning his long love affair with that country. He received his bachelor’s degree in Classics from Fordham, his master's in archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania, and his Ph.D. in Classics from Johns Hopkins University. While at Hopkins, he was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to work on his dissertation in Rome. He taught at several institutions of higher learning in Italy and the U.S., including, between 1993 and 2007, the University of Mary Washington. John also served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, flying over 100 combat missions while on active duty as a navigator-bombardier during the Vietnam War. He retired from the Reserve at the rank of lieutenant colonel in 1996.
John D. Mac Isaac and Liane Houghtalin met at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (Greece), brought together by their research interests in classical archaeology and numismatics. They published on topics of Greek and Roman archaeology and coins, individually and jointly, throughout their careers, and they shared a deep love for the mission and students of the University of Mary Washington. Liane established a scholarship to provide encouragement to future generations of students showing outstanding promise in the field of Classics and classical archaeology as determined by the Classics faculty in the UMW Department of Classics, Philosophy, & Religion.