Robert A. Vacca, assistant professor of classics at the University of Notre Dame, died Saturday (June 5) at his home in South Bend. He was 63.p. A highly regarded Hellenist and accomplished reader of ancient Greek, Vacca began his teaching career at Notre Dame in 1969, specializing in Greek language and literature, Greek social history, epic and tragic comparative literature, and the early Greek enlightenment.p. Known for his passion for teaching, Vacca was twice honored for excellence in the classroom – in 1973 with the Sheedy Award and in 2002 with the Kaneb Award.p. A graduate of Marquette University, Vacca earned his doctoral degree from the University of Chicago.p. Vacca is survived by a wife and two sons. No memorial service will be held.p.