M.A. U. Glasgow, 1966; M.A. U. Western Ontario, 1969; Ph.D. U. Toronto, 1973.
Asst. prof, class. U. Calgary, 1971-2; asst. prof, to asso. prof. U. Guelph, 1972-87; chair, dept. langs. & lits., 1980-7; fell. Inst. Adv. Stud, in Human., U. Edinburgh, 1983-4; 3M tchng. fell., 1986; Council, CAC, 1974-6; treas. 1977-9.
"Poet and Public in Ancient Greece" (Toronto, 1973).
"κίμβιξ καὶ σοφός: Simonides in the Anecdotal Tradition," QUCC 28 (1978) 29-86; "Euripides lkestis: A Reading," Emerita 48 (1980) 43-75; "God, Man, and Animal in Pindar's Second Pythian," in Greek Poetry and Philosophy: Studies in Honor of Leonard Woodbury (Chico, CA, 1985) 1-31; also An Introduction to Greek Mythology: Story, Symbols, and Cultures, edd. R. Barrell and P. O'Cleirigh (Lewiston NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 2000) [posthumous edition of lecture notes].
Bell's early death cut short a career of the highest promise in which he had already published several important studies on archaic Greek lyric poetry and on Euripides. At the University of Guelph he had a well-deserved reputation as an imaginative and inspiring teacher of the classics, his course on mythology being particularly memorable. Bell also contributed to the life of his discipline at a national level on the Council of the CAC and as its Treasurer.