A.B. U. Oregon, 1893; A.M. Harvard, 1904; Ph.D., 1906.
Instr. Eng. Holmes Bus. Coll. (Portland, OR), 1893-4; instr. Lat. Portland (OR) HS, 1894-1901; asst. prof. Lat. U. Oregon, 1902-3; asst. prof. Lat. & Gk. U. Idaho, 1906-7; dept. head Lat. Lincoln HS (Portland, OR), 1907-12; 1914-9; instr. Gk. & Lat. U. of California, 1912-3; instr. Lat. Lowell HS (San Francisco), 1913-4; asst. prof, to prof. Lat. UCLA, 1919-41; prof. Lat. U. Texas, 1943-4; pres. CAPS, 1921; pres. PAPC, 1924; asso. ed. CJ, 1929-30.
"De operibus Boethii quaestiones variae" (Harvard, 1906); printed, "Stylistic Tests and the Chronology of the Works of Boethius," HSCP 18 (1907) 123-56.
Letters of a Roman Gentleman (Boston & New York, 1926); "Studies in Arator I: The Manuscript Tradition of the Capitula and Tituli," HSCP A3 (1932) 123-66; "A Fragment of Juvenal in a Manuscript of Organs," HSCP 49 (1938) 229-63; "Studies in Arator II: The Classification of the Manuscripts of Arator," HSCP 54 (1943) 93-113; "The De Syllogistnis, Categoricis and Introductio ad Syllogistnos Categoricos of Boethius," Studies Rand, 209-19; Out of His Loveliness and Other Sonnets (Los Angeles, 1939); The Passing Show (Los Angeles, 1941; New York, 1943); "Membra Disiecta of Manuscripts of Arator," Speculum 15 (1940) 95-8; "A New Fragment of Arator in the Bodleian," with N. R. Ker & E. A. Lowe, Speculum 19 (1944) 351-9; "The 'Indulgent' Dionysus," TAPA 70 (1939) 51-61; Arator: the Codices, Med. Acad. Am. (Cambridge, 1942); "How the Athenians Handled the Drink Problem among Their Slaves," CW37 (1943-4) 127-8; "The Roman Attitude towards Women's Drinking, CB 22 (1945-6) 14-5; "The Wine Element in Horace," CJ 43 (1947-8) 42; 229-35; "Temperate Romans," CW 41 (1947-8) 146-9; "Christian Appraisal of Pagan Temperance," Angl. Theol. Rev. 30 (1948) 44-54; "Ancient Experience with Intoxicating Drinks: Non-Attic Greek States," Journal of Studies on Alcohol 10 (1949) 289-315; Arator De Actibus Apostolorum CSEL 72 (Vienna, 1951); "A Bibliography of the Latin Commentaries on Arator," Scriptorium 6 (1952) 151-6; "Wine and the Law in Ancient Times," Studies Robinson, 1:858-66; "Bacchus as Inspirer of Literary Art," CJ 49 (1953-4) 101-10; 135-6.
McKinlay's long life embraced a wide variety of teaching and administrative experience, which culminated in his association with the University of California. This association, which began in 1912 with his appointment as the first assistant professor of Latin in the "Southern Branch" in downtown Los Angeles, continued from 1929 to 1941 with his tenure of the full professorship at the newly inaugurated University of California at Los Angeles in its present site in the suburb of Westwood. He was, then, one of those pioneers who were to face the responsibility of creating, almost from scratch, a large and complex university. McKinlay was singularly qualified to undertake this role, both in the development of the university in general and in the building of an advanced program in his own field of the Classics. Not only his experience and his keen insight, but the qualities of his personality—even temper, humor, affability, humanity—made it possible for him to advance his ideas with his colleagues and to endear himself to his students. Amid all this, he quietly and consistently produced the greater part of his scholarly work. Long after his retirement, he was a familiar figure on campus, where encounters with him were occasions of pleasure and profit.
NatCAB 47:68; WhAm 3:582-3.
AUTHORAlbert H. Travis