• Date of Birth: October 03, 1934
  • Born City: Toronto, Ontario
  • Born State/Country: Canada
  • Parents: John Stuart, a streetcar driver who never owned an automobile, and Ellen May K.
  • Date of Death: February 24, 2012
  • Death City: Kingston
  • Death State/Country: Ontario
  • Married: Suzanne Mitchell, 1960.
  • Education:

    B.A. U. Toronto, 1957; M.A., 1964; M.A. Yale, 1965; Ph.D., 1967.

  • Dissertation:

    “Musis amicus unice secures: A Study of Consolation in the Odes of Horace” (Yale, 1967).

  • Professional Experience:

    Sub-Lieutenant, Royal Canadian Naval Reserve, 1955-61; tchr., East York Collegiate, 1957-64; instr. Yale, 1967-8; asst. prof. class., 1968-70; assoc. prof. Queen’s U., Kingston, Ontario, 1970-85; acting head dept., 1984; asst. to VP, 1985; head dept., 1985-95; prof. 1985-2000.  

  • Publications:

    “Vergil and Horace. Arcades ambo,” Vergilian bimillenary lectures 1982, ed. A.G. McKay, Vergilius Supplement II (College Park, MD: The Vergilian Soc., 1982) 80-117; “Horace to Albinovanus Celsus, Ep. I,8,” Mnemosyne 21 (1968 ) 408-14; “Two Notes on Horace Carm. 1.28.21-23,” CP 64 (1969) 237; “Two Horatian Proems. Carm. I.26 and I.32,” YCS 21 (1969) 215-39; “An Interpretation of Horace, Epodes 13,” CQ 20 (1970) 135-41; “Two Notes on the Text of Juvenal. Sat. 12.32 and 16.18,” CP 66 (1971) 114-15; “Fact and Fable in Horace, Epistle I.7,” CP 68 (1973) 47-53; “Juvenal's Patchwork Satires: 4 and 7,” YCS 23 (1973) 229-41; “Mentioned in Despatches. Horace, Epistles 1.13," Humanities Assoc. Review (Kingston, Ontario Humanities Assoc. of Canada) 24 (1973) 294-99; “Remember Us, Galatea. Horace, Carm. 3.27,” GB 3 (1975) 191-204; “Apocolocyntosis and the Vision of Claudius,” CJ 74 (1979) 193-96; The Poetry of Friendship. Horace, Epistles I (Edmonton: U. of Alberta Press, 1986) [REVS: CJ LXXXII 1987 338-339 Reckford ; Phoenix XLI 1987 329-331 McGann ; CW LXXXI 1988 319-320 Gold ; EMC XXXII 1988 72-74 Anderson]; “The Ilias Latina Acrostic: A Milder Remedy,” Latomus 51 (1992) 857-59; “The Greek syntax of Luke 2.14,” NTS 34 (1988): 472-475;  “When a God Contrives. Γένοιτο μεντἄν πᾶν θεοῦ τεχνομένου. (Ajax 86). Divine Providence in Alcestis and Ajax,” Dionysius 10 (1986) 3-20; The Poetry of Criticism: Horace, Epistles II and Ars poetica (Edmonton: Univ. of Alberta Press, 1990) [REVS: G&R XXXVIII 1991 92-93 Fowler; CW LXXXV 1991-1992 265-266 O'Sullivan; JRS 83 1993 213-214 F. Muecke; NECN 18 (3) 1990-1991 42-45 J. Solodow; Vergilius 40 1994 146-148 J. Tatum; LEC 62 (1) 1994 82 D. Delabastita]; “Two Notes on Roman Elegy: Catullus 67 and Propertius 1.9,” in The Two Worlds of the Poet: New Perspectives on Vergil, ed. by Robert M. Wilhelm & Howard Jones (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1992): 296-302; “The Stuff of Doors and Dreams: Vergil, Aeneid 6.893-98,” Vergilius 41(1995): 63-70; “‘Amicus medicus’: Medicine and Epicurean Theory in “De rerum natura”,” MAR No. 41 (1996) 69-100; “Nam unguentum dabo: Catullus 13 and Servius' Note on Phaon (Aeneid 3.279), CQ n.s. 48 (1998) 303-5; “Terrot Reaveley Glover at Queen's University: 1896-1901,” EMC n.s. 17 (1998) 489-507; “Horace, Vergil, and the Jews of Rome,” Dionysius n.s. 16 (1998) 63-84; Yoshio Markino in Italia: The Travels of a Samurai Artist (Kingston: Queen’s U. Press, 1999); “Quanto tu optimus omnium patronus” (Catullus XLIX),” Hommages à Carl Deroux. 1, Poésie, ed. Pol Defosse (Brussels: Latomus, 2002) 267-75; “Horace, Petrarch and Leonardo Da Vinci, Literary, Invention and Self-Preservation,” Edicea 7 (October 2010) 32-51.

  • Notes:

    Ross Stuart Kilpatrick was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on 3 October 1934, the youngest of three children of John Stuart, a streetcar driver who never owned an automobile, and Ellen May Kilpatrick. His mother taught herself to play the piano and her son Ross did the same, along with the ukulele, French horn, and recorder. After completing his secondary education at Malvern Collegiate Institute in Toronto. He received his B.A. from the University of Toronto in 1957. While Ross was directing a production of Finian’s Rainbow, an undergraduate named Suzanne Mitchell auditioned for a part. She was not cast, but in 1960, she and Ross were wed, a marriage that would last for 51 years.  Ross largely paid for his college education by serving as in the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve (1955-61) as a sub-Lieutenant.  His first academic job was teaching Latin, English, Greek, and Instrumental Music at East York Collegiate Institute in Toronto.  He returned to his alma mater, where he received an M.A. in 1964. He received another M.A. from Yale in 1965, and the Ph.D. in 1967, writing his dissertation, “Musis amicus unice secures: A Study of Consolation in the Odes of Horace.”   Horace occupied a He taught at Yale as instructor (1967-8) and assistant professor (1968-70) for three years and returned to Canada in 1970 to teach at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, where he remained until his retirement in 2000.  He chaired the Classics department for ten years and for many years was a faithful secretary to the Classical Association of Canada, a member of the Canadian Philhellenic Society, the Società Dante Alighieri and was past president of the Humanities Association of Canada.  His chief love was Latin poets and his favorite Latin poet was Horace, but he also had an expert’s knowledge of the visual arts and was adept at finding hidden symbols both in poetry and visual arts. In his 60s, Ross wrote about the London-based Japanese artist Yoshio Markino in Italia: The Travels of a Samurai Artist (Queen’s University, 1999) and in 2010 found that in the “Mona Lisa,” Leonardo was alluding to Horace, Ode 1.22 and two sonnets by Petrarch. After 42 years he retired from Queens in 2000, teaching for no salary each year afterwards until a week before his death.

  • Sources:

    DAS 9th ed., 311.                                                               

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.