A.B., Cornell; M.A., Ph.D., 1954.
Electronics technician, U.S. Navy, 1944-46; Washington University (St. Louis) Amherst, U. Texas, Austin, Yale 1968-94; dir. Undergrad. Studies, 1972-94.
“Plato and Democritus” (Cornell, 1954).
Platonic Love (New York: Free Press of Glencoe, 1963; London: Routledge, 1963) REVIEWS: AJP LXXXVI 1965 333-334 Rist | CP LX 1965 124-126 Greene | CJ LX 1965 282-285 Etheridge | JHS LXXXV 1965 202-204 Rankin | PhilosQ XIV 1964 91 Crombie. | PhR LXXIV 1965 534-537 Moravcsik | CR XIV 1964 262-264 Gulley | CW LVII 1964 256 Rosenmeyer | Athene (Chicago) XXV,4 1964-1965 41 Rexine | RBPh XLII 1964 1095-1096 Saunders; “Aristotle and the Irrational,” Arion II (1963) 55-74; “Plato's Hostility to Art,” Arion III (1964) 70-91; “Socrates as an Existentialist,” Arion III (1964) 112-15; “The Innocence of Oedipus. The Philosophers on Oedipus the King,” Arion IV (1965) 363-86; V (1966) 478-525; “Four Levels of Reality in Plato, Spinoza, and Blake,” Arion VIII (1969) 20-50; Oedipus the King, transl. with comm. by Gould (Englewood-Cliffs, N.J. : Prentice-Hall, 1970) REVIEWS: ACR I 1971 79-80 Knox; “The Metaphysical Foundations for Aristotle's Ethics,” Essays in Ancient Greek Philosophy, ed. J.P. Anton J. P. & G.L. Kustas (Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1971) 451-461; The Ancient Quarrel between Poetry and Philosophy (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1990) REVIEWS: BMCR II 1991 130-134 Salkever | CP LXXXVII 1992 263-269 Halliwell | CR XLII 1992 69-70 Heath | LEC LX 1992 278-279 M. Huys | CW 86 1992-1993 237-238 V. T. Larson | AncPhil 13 1993 450-455 H. Schibli; “The Ancient Quarrel between Poetry and Philosophy,” in Themes in Drama, XII: Drama and Philosophy, ed. James Redmond (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990) 1-19; “ ‘Modern’ Patterns of Dramatic Violence in the Odyssey,” in The Odyssey and Ancient Art: An Epic in Word and Image, ed. Diana Buitron & Beth Cohen (Annandale-on-Hudson, N. Y. : Edith C. Blum Art Institute, 1992) 193-96.
Tom was born in Ohio but spent most of his childhood in Poland. Following service in the U.S. Navy, he earned bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees at Cornell. He went on to teach classics at Washington University in St. Louis, Amherst, and the University of Texas at Austin. While in Austin, Tom was part of a group of classicists (the “Texas Cowboys”) associated with Arion, the field's only avant-garde literary journal. He was also active on the other side of the Atlantic: he served as Visiting Fellow at St. Andrews in 1961-62 and was long associated with Peterhouse, Cambridge.Tom first came to Yale as a visitor in 1968; several years later he became a permanent member of the faculty. He served as Director of Undergraduate Studies from the early 70's until the academic year just past, with breaks only for leaves of absence, a tenure in that post that probably sets the Yale College record.His research and teaching centered on ancient philosophy, especially Plato, and Greek tragedy. His publications include Platonic Love, derived from his lectures at St. Andrews, a translation (with commentary) of the OT, and most recently The Ancient Quarrel Between Poetry and Philosophy. He was famous among generations of students for his immensely popular courses on mythology and tragedy, and for his devotion to the teaching of elementary Greek, a course assignment he eagerly took on year after year, even as a full professor. Tom will be remembered for his steadfast loyalty to his friends and students, his vigorously expressed views on politics, music, and especially religion, and his original contributions to Hellenic studies. For the late classicist Thomas Gould, who taught my introduction to ancient philosophy, the idea was atheism; he was as desperate to save us from Christianity as Wolterstorff was to follow its truth to distant corners. Gould once handed out a copy of his unpublished paper "The Logical Superiority of Atheism to Agnosticism" -- the title gives one a sense of how powerful was his allergy to religion. In the last conversation I had with Gould, he remarked how happy he was that his fellow classicist Allan Bloom had died; Gould loathed the philosophy of Leo Strauss, and was always cheered by the death of one of Strauss's followers.
APA Newsletter (August 1995) 19; NYTimes (3 June 1995) 11.