North American Scholar

FLETCHER, William George

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1911-10-19
  • Born City: Guelph
  • Born State/Country: ON
  • Parents: William & Eliza Jane Mort F.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1977-04-20
  • Death City: Halifax
  • Death State/Country: NS
  • Married: Jean Louise Carmichael, 29 Jan. 1942.
  • Education:

    B.A. (Hon. Classics) McMaster U., 1934; M.A. U. Toronto, 1935; Ph.D. Johns Hopkins, 1938.

  • Professional Experience:

    Instr. to prof, anc. langs. U. Delaware, 1938-67; chair, dept. anc. langs., 1953-64; dir. admissions & records, 1953-63; John W. Barss prof, class. & chair, dept. class. Acadia U., 1964-77; pres. CAC, 1972-4; edit. bd. Phoenix; chair, Canadian comm. Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae.

  • Dissertation:

    “Urbanization in the Roman Provinces” (Johns Hopkins, 1938)

  • Publications:

    “The Pontic Cities of Pompey the Great,” TAPA 70 (1939) 17-29; “The Dacian Cities of Trajan,” TAPA 72 (1941) xxxi; “Absence of a Genuine Urban Attitude in Republican Rome,” Delaware Notes 23d ser. (1950) 63-81; “The Admissions Officer: Solomon or Pariah?,” College and University 38 (1962-3) 23-31; “The Registrar: Academician or Bookkeeper?,” College and University 38 (1962-3) 171-81.

  • Notes:

    William G. Fletcher was a teacher of many teachers. After his discharge from the Royal Canadian Navy in 1946 at the rank of Lt. Commander, he returned to his post at the University of Delaware where, in addition to his heavy course load, he served as director of admissions and records. He instituted a unique and widely copied honors program (1961-5) and directed a summer program for superior high-school students funded by the National Science Foundation (1962-7). He was actively involved in all aspects of university life and was particularly interested in those programs which benefited students not only academically but also practically.At Acadia he introduced new courses in classical civilization to complement the traditional offerings, eventually instituting &t complete program which, unlike many others at the time, required a knowledge of Latin and Greek and always allowed the substitution of courses in the languages for those in English. Having consented to teach one year beyond the normal retirement date, he died after a short illness.

  • Sources:

    Fletcher files at Acadia U.; Dr. Gary F. Vellek; Wilmington (DE) Evening Journal (13 May 1977), 41.

  • Author: Beert C. Verstraete