North American Scholar

CUTT, Thomas Milton

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1905-12-21
  • Born City: Goderich
  • Born State/Country: ON
  • Parents: Robert Hall, a merchant, & Ellen Hillier C.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1965-05-01
  • Death City: Detroit
  • Death State/Country: MI
  • Married: Eula Gayl Hargis, 21 Apr. 1935.
  • Education:

    A.B. U. Toronto, 1929; Ph.D. U. Chicago, 1936.

  • Professional Experience:

    Instr. Lat. & Gk., U. Saskatchewan, 1931; U. Alberta, 1931-2; teaching fellow, U. Chicago, 1935-6; pro tempore, lang. dept. State Teacher's College (Buffalo, NY), 1936-7; senior instr. Webb School, 1937-42; head lang. dept. Darlington School, Rome, GA, 1942-4; prof. Gl. & Lat., Wayne State U., 1944-65, & chair of dept., 1951-65.

  • Dissertation:

    “Meter and Diction in Catullus' Hendecasyllabics” (Chicago, 1936); privately printed, distr. by U. Chicago libraries, 1936.

  • Publications:

    Pervigilium Veneris (Detroit, 1951); Petronius. Cena Trimalchionis (Detroit, 1961); Plautus. Amphitruo (Detroit, 1965; rev. with intro. by Jacob E. Nyenhuis, 1970).

  • Notes:

    Thomas Cutt developed innovative curricula in classics at Wayne State, including courses in mythology, great books, and Greek drama. He expanded the size of the department and introduced a graduate program. His chief interests were in dramatic stagecraft and scenery design. He also served as a research consultant for medical terms at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

  • Sources:

    NatCAB 51:708

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.