Harold E. Lurier was born in Worcester, Massachusetts on September 28, 1923. He entered Clark University in 1941, but withdrew to join the United States Army, serving as an interpreter from 1943 to 1946. Returning to Clark, he received his B.A. in history (1948) and went on to complete his M.A. (1949) and Ph. D. (1955) in medieval history at the University of Pennsylvania. His first teaching position was at Princeton University, but in 1956 he joined the Social Sciences Department of Pace University, where he taught history, philosophy, and a cycle of ancient, medieval, and modern political theory courses until his 1997 retirement.
At Pace he created and directed for many years a highly successful summer Study Abroad Program that took students to Italy and Greece. His teaching and service to Pace were recognized by his award of Pace’s Kenan Trust Award for Excellence in Teaching (1961) and the Dyson College Distinguished Achievement Award (1997).
Harold Lurier is the author of Crusaders as Conquerors (1964), an annotated translation from Greek of The Chronicle of Morea, an historical narrative about the Frankish principality of Morea in southern Greece founded by the Villehardouin family in the thirteenth century; and The Emergence of the Western World, (1994).
Harold Lurier died in New York on June 30, 2000.