STOCKER, Arthur Frederick

  • STOCKER, Arthur Frederick
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Marian West, 1968

A.B. Williams College, 1934; A.M. Harvard, 1935, Ph.D., 1939; Sheldon Travelling Fellow, Harvard, 190-41


Instructor in Greek, Bates College, 1941-42; asst. prof. classics, University of Virginia, 1946-52; asso. prof. 1952-60; prof. 1960-84; chair dept., 1955-63, 1968-78; asso. dean, Grad. Sch. Arts & Scis., 1962-66; vis. asst. prof. classics, University of Chicago, summer 1951; press. Virginia Classical Association, 1949-52; pres. southern section CAMWS, 1960-62; CAMWS, 1970-71.


"De novo codicum Servianorum genere" (Harvard, 1939).


“A New Source for the Text of Servius,” HSCP 52 (1941) 65-97; Servianorum in Vergilii carmina commentariorum editionis Harvardianae, vol. II : quod in Aeneidos libros i et ii explanationes continet, ed. with E.K. Rand, J.J. Savage, H.T. Smith, G.B. Waldrop, J.P. Elder, & B.M. Peebles (Lancaster, PA, 1946) REVS: Speculum 1946 493-495 Elder | REL 1946 354 Marouzeau | AC 1946 337-339 van de Woestijne | Athenaeum 1947 99-102 Fraccaro | RPh 1947 107-109 Ernout | CPh 1948 126-130 Bruère | Latomus 1947 264-265 Renard | AJPh 1948 92-97 Silk | JRS 1948 131-143 Fraenkel | LEC 1948 422 Delande | Hermathena LXXII 1948 143 | CR 1948 137-139 Mountford | CJ XLIV 1948 223-224 Highbarger | RFC 1949 141-152 Marinone | Speculum 1948 332-335 Coulter | Traditio IV 1946 439-442 Travis | JRS 1949 145-154 Fraenkel; “Epilegomena to Volume II of the Harvard Servius,” TAPA 77 (1946) 323-24; “Atomic Theories, Ancient and Modern,” CJ 43 (1948) 395-400; “The legis dies of Caesar's Command in Gaul,” CJ 56 (1961) 242-48; “Servius servus magistrorum,” Vergilius 9 (1963) 9-15; “Qualis vere sapiens,” CJ 60 (1964) 18-27; “Vergil in the Service of Augustus,” Vergilius 26 (1980) 1-9; Servianorum in Vergili carmina Commentariorum editionis Harvardianae, vol. III : quod in Aeneidos libros III-V explanationes continet, ed. with A. Travis, H.T. Smith & G.B. Waldrop; testimonia collected by R.T. Bruère, Special Publications of the APA I (Oxford, 1965) REVS: RBPh XLIV 1966 595-598 Préaux | AC XXXV 1966 297-299 Knecht | CW LIX 1966 282 Elder | LEC XXXIV 1966 192 Delande | REL XLIV 1966 464 Richard | RPh XL 1966 366-367 Ernout | RFIC XCIV 1966 127 Mariotti.


Arthur Stocker’s main scholarly contributions were on Virgil’s great commentator Servius. He wrote his dissertation at Harvard on the manuscripts and then collaborated with E. K. Rand and others on volume II of the Harvard Servius; after the death of Rand, the project’s guiding light, Stocker and other loyal students valiantly revived the effort after an interval of two decades. While he was educated in New York City, Williamstown, and Cambridge, Mass., it is with the Commonwealth of Virginia that his name is indelibly associated.  After military service during World War II, Stocker taught for 38 years at the University of Virginia in the Department of Classics—when he began in 1946 the Department still had the Jeffersonian label “Ancient Languages.” University colleagues and members of the state’s classical community often enjoyed warm hospitality at the Charlottesville home of the Stockers—in 1968 after a long courtship Arthur married Marian West, who had for years taught Latin at St. Catherine’s School in Richmond. Stocker was an indefatigable supporter of Classics in the community and in particular of the teaching of Latin in Virginia’s high schools. He lectured often on classical subjects to the general public and professional organizations and he served until his later years as an officer of the Classical Association of Virginia.  An eloquent Latinist, Stocker was for many years orator of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South. As testament to his contributions, in Virginia his name lives on in the Arthur Stocker Latin Essay Contest of the state classical association, and at UVa in the annual Stocker Lecture and the Arthur F. and Marian W. Stocker Professorship of Classics.


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John F. Miller