North American Scholar

FOX, William Sherwood

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1878-06-17
  • Born City: Throopsville
  • Born State/Country: NY
  • Parents: Rev. Edward Theophilus & Emma Davies F.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1967-08-14
  • Death City: London
  • Death State/Country: ON
  • Married: Julia McKinnon, 20 Dec. 1906.
  • Education:

    B.A. McMaster, 1900; U. Geneva; Ph.D. Johns Hopkins, 1911; D.L.H. McMaster, 1923; LL.D. Queen's, 1929; Ottawa, 1935; Alberta, 1937; Toronto, 1938; D.L.H. Laval, 1947.

  • Professional Experience:

    Instr. class. Brandon (Man.) Coll., 1900-9; fell, class, arch., Johns Hopkins, 1910-11; asst. prof. Princeton, 1911-17; prof, class. Western U., London, Ont., 1917-27; dean, fac. arts, U. Western Ontario, 1919-27; pres., 1927-47; fell. Royal Soc. Canada, 1922; pres. sect. II, Acad. Hums. & Soc. Sciences, 1937-8.

  • Dissertation:

    “The Johns Hopkins Tabellae Defixionum” (Johns Hopkins, 1911); printed (Baltimore, 1912) and as a supplement to AJP 33 (1911) 1-32.

  • Publications:

    “Submerged Tabellae Defixionum,” AJP 33 (1912) 301-10; “Two Tabellae Defixionum in the Royal Ontario Museum,” AJP 34 (1913) 74-80; “Mummy-Labels in the Royal Ontario Museum,” ibid., 437-50; 35 (1914) 463-6; “An Infernal Postal Service,” A&A 1 (1914-5) 205-7; The Mythology of Greece and Rome (Boston, 1916, 1928); “Hellenistic Tapestries in America,” A&A 5 (1917) 304-11; 411-24; “Aphrodite: Mother Earth,” AJP 41 (1920) 283-6; “Note on the Johns Hopkins Tabellae Defixionum,” AJP 44 (1923) 357-8; “Lucian and the Grave-Scene of Hamlet,” PQ 2 (1923) 132-41; “Sources of the Grave Scene in Hamlet,” TRSC ser. 3, 17 (1923) 11.71-80; “A Fragment of Greek Tragedy and a School Exercise,” TRSC ser. 3, 18 (1924) 11.87-90; “The Origin of the Conical Cap of Cyprian Aphrodite Worship,” TRSC ser. 3, 19 (1925) 2:77-81; “Greek and Roman Testimony to Zoroaster and the Religion of Ancient Persia,'' with R. E. K. Pemberton, TRSC ser. 3, 23 (1929) 2:17-24; Passages in Greek and Latin Literature relating to Zoroaster and Zoroastrianism (trans.) (Bombay, 1929); “How the Melting Pot Works,” (Presidential Address) TRSC ser. 3, 32 (1938) 2:1-14; “St. Ignace. Canadian Altar of Martyrdom,” TRSC ser. 3, 35 (1941) 11.69-79; 'Tain't Runnin' No More (London, 1946); The Letters of William Davies 1854-1861 (Toronto, 1945); St. Ignace, Canadian Altar of Martyrdom (Toronto, 1949); The Bruce Beckons (Toronto, 1952); Silken Lines and Silver Hooks (Toronto, 1954).

  • Notes:

    One of Canada's foremost champions of the cause of classical scholarship and of the humanities in Canada, Sherwood Fox evidenced titanic energy and matchless vigor during his long career of three decades at “Western” as teacher and administrator. Enlisted by Woodrow Wilson as assistant professor at Princeton, Fox later chose to decamp to London, Ontario, to a fledgling university as professor of classics. His retirement was marked by the establishment of a memorial chair in classics. Throughout his years in Canada Fox was a spirited advocate of archaeological reconstruction, a legacy from his training at Johns Hopkins. He worked energetically on behalf of restoration at St. Ignace in the Huron country of Georgian Bay, of reforestation, and of bilingualism among young Ontario students through summer programs at Trois Pistoles, Quebec. His devotion to botany, to natural phenomena, and to Izaak Walton was lifelong.

  • Sources:

    W. S. Fox, Sherwood Fox of Western: Reminiscences by William Sherwood Fox (Toronto, 1964), 33, 45, 66-7, 82, 91-2, 96-8, 102; J. R. W. Gwynn-Timothy, Western's First Century (London, Ont., 1978); Watson Kirkconnell, A. S. P. Woodhouse, The Humanities in Canada (Ottawa, 1947) 282-3 (publications); A. G. McKay, Phoenix 21 (1967) 235-6; McMaster News (7 Jan. 1953) 12; (Summer 1964) 13; Fred Landon, PRSC, ser. 4, 7 (1969) 63-6; WhWhCan (1964-5) 751-2.

  • Author: Alexander G. McKay