North American Scholar

DALE, Ernest Abell

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1888-06-15
  • Born City: Edinburgh
  • Born State/Country: Scotland
  • Parents: Thomas Randall & Agnes Monro D.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1954-01-29
  • Death City: Toronto
  • Death State/Country: ON
  • Married: Mary Bulloch
  • Education:

    B.A. Oxford, 1910; M.A., 1913.

  • Professional Experience:

    Asst. class, mstr. Dundee (Scotland) HS, 1910-2; actng. prof. Lat. & dept. head Queen's U., 1916-7; prof. Lat. Univ. Coll. & Trinity Coll., U. Toronto, 1940-54.

  • Publications:

    “Theories of the Primitive Life,” Can. Jour. Rel. Thought 2 (1924); “The Religious Purpose of the Aeneid: Aeneas and His Gods,” Can. Jour. Rel. Thought 6 (1928); Latin Prose Selections (in collaboration) (Toronto, 1943); First Latin Lessons, with David Breslove (Toronto, 1935; rev. & enlarged, 1938); A Book of Latin Poetry (in collaboration) (Toronto, 1932); Twenty-One Years a Building: A Short Account of the Student Christian Movement of Canada, 1920-1941 (Toronto, 1941).

  • Notes:

    Ernest Dale's towering figure impressed itself profoundly on generations of University of Toronto students. Vigorous, precise, magnanimous, and kindly, he also brought his sonorous voice and keen sense of theater into the lecture room with uncanny success. Skilled as a Shakespearean actor and producer, he provided Toronto's Hart House Theatre with performances of Sophocles' Antigone (1947) and of Plautus' Rudens (1949) in his own translations. His contributions to Upper School Latin texts infused quickening sensitivity and scholarship into Ontario's high schools. His career in social service and as advocate of The Student Christian Movement was ardent and successful.

  • Sources:

    Can. WhWh (1952-54).

  • Author: Alexander G. McKay