North American Scholar

MURRAY, Robert Duff, Jr

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  • Date of Birth: 1919-11-09
  • Born City: Norwood
  • Born State/Country: OH
  • Parents: Robert Duff & Irma Inez Spencer M.
  • Date of Death: 1975-09-17
  • Death City: Princeton
  • Death State/Country: NJ
  • Married: Jane Steele, 13 Mar. 1942.
  • Education:

    B.A. Princeton, 1941; Ph.D., 1949.

  • Dissertation:

    "The Motif of Io in Aeschylus' Suppliants" (Princeton, 1949); printed (Princeton, 1958).

  • Professional Experience:

    Instr. class. Princeton, 1946-7; instr. to asst. prof. Oberlin, 1949-52; asst. prof, to asso. prof. Princeton, 1952-75; asso. ed. CW 1957-60.

  • Publications:

    "In the Journals," CW 51 (1957-8) 19-23; 51-3; 76-80; 132-8; 168-70; 210-1; 236-7; 51 (1958-9) 21-3; 64-5;121-4; 158-9; 193-6; 226-8; 264-9; "Greek Poetry," in The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (Princeton, 1965) 326-30; "Theognis 341-350," TAPA 96 (1965) 277-81; "Thought and Structure in Sophclean Tragedy," Sophocles, ed. T. Woodward (Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1966) 23-8.

  • Notes:

    Murray's competence in Greek (and Senecan) tragedy as scholar, teacher and preceptor was legendary. His lectures in Greek lyric and in Greek and Roman intellectual history, concentrating on ethics, religion and politics, captivated undergraduates and left a deep impression on their minds. He was a perfectionist in the preparation and presentation of his material, and his concern with the art of teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels was deep-seated and exemplary. Colleagues respected his courage during his long struggle with emphysema and cancer and later recalled his genial, self-effacing nature with utmost candor: "By his quiet modesty and complete integrity he enriched our lives and the life of the University in significant ways." His posthumous bequest to Princeton's Department of Classics provides an annual award to enable a student to travel in Italy.

  • Sources:

    Memorial Faculty Minute, Princeton U. (5 Jan. 1976).

  • Author: Alexander G. McKay