A memorial service for William R. Ridington, a retired professor of the classics and head of the classics program at Western Maryland College, will be held at 3 p.m. today in the Little Baker Chapel on the Westminster campus.
Dr. Ridington, who was 82 and had lived in Birmingham, Ala., died after a long illness Dec. 18 at a nursing home in Belfast, Maine, where a daughter lives.
An expert on the origins of ancient Greek athletic competitions, he retired in 1973 after teaching at Western Maryland for about 35 years.
During his tenure he counseled students, was secretary of the faculty, directed a summer Latin workshop and helped to organize a chapter of the American Association of University Professors.
A native of Germantown, Pa., and a graduate of the Mercersburg Academy, he earned bachelor's and master's degrees at Princeton University and a doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania.
He also did graduate work, much of it in archaeology, at Middlebury College, Columbia University and in Europe.
In the 1960s, he took part in the fight to integrate public accommodations in Carroll County.
He is survived by his wife, the former Edith Farr; three daughters, Jean Goldfine of Belfast, Candace Ridington of Birmingham and Jan Boyce of Durango, Colo.; a son, William R. Ridington Jr. of Vancouver, British Columbia; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.