North American Scholar

STUART, Duane Reed

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1873-09-27
  • Born City: Oneida
  • Born State/Country: IL
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1941-08-29
  • Death City: Greensboro
  • Death State/Country: VT
  • Married: Emilie Eugenie Meddaugh, 25 June 1898.
  • Education:

    A.B. U. Michigan, 1896; Ph.D., 1901; study at ASCSA, 1898-9; study at Munich.

  • Professional Experience:

    Actng. prof. Lat. Mich. St. Normal Coll. (now Michigan State U.), 1899-1900; instr. Lat. U. Michigan, 1900-1; instr. Gk., 1902-4; asst. prof. 1905; preceptor class. Princeton, 1905-6; prof., 1906-33; Kennedy prof. Lat. lang. & lit., 1933-41; chair dept., 1932-41; vis. lctr. Lat. Columbia, 1921-2; Sather prof., 1924-5; vis. lctr. Bryn Mawr, 1926-7; vis. prof. Yale, 1931.

  • Dissertation:

    "The Attitude of Dio Cassius toward Epigraphic Sources" (Michigan, 1904); printed in H. A. Sanders, Roman Historical Sources and Institutions (New York, 1904) 101-47 and U. of Michigan Stud. 1 (1905).

  • Publications:

    "Imperial Methods of Inscription on Restored Buildings: Augustus and Hadrian," AJA 9 (1905) 427-49; "The Reputed Influence of the dies natalis in Determining the Inscription of Restored Temples," TAPA 36 (1905) 52-63; Enno Littman, Greek and Latin Inscriptions. Southern Syria, parts 2-5 ed. with E. Littman & David S. Magie (Leiden, 1907-21); "The Point of an Emperor's Jest," CP 3 (1908) 59-64; Tacitus. The Agricola (New York, 1916); "An Error in Balaustion's Adventure," MLN 23 (1908) 208-9; "The Prenuptial Rite in the New Callimachus," CP 6 (1911) 302-14; The Germania of Tacitus (New York, 1916); "The Sources and the Extent of Petrarch's Knowledge of the Life of Vergil," CP 12 (1917) 365-404; "Petrarch's Indebtedness to the Libellus of Catullus," TAPA 48 (1917) 3-26; "On Vergil Eclogue IV 60-63," CP 16 (1921) 209-30; "Biographical Criticism of Vergil since the Renaissance," StPhil 19 (1922) 1-30; Epochs of Greek and Roman Biography, Sather Lectures 4 (Berkeley, 1928).

  • Notes:

    Duane Reed Stuart was one of the original group of preceptors brought to Princeton by Woodrow Wilson to begin a new plan of teaching. There he devoted himself to the university for 37 years serving as faculty representative on the Advisory Council, teaching, and particularly as a director of graduate theses. Though he actively sought no positions, a colleague remarked that only "Pooh-Bah" of The Mikado could rival him in the extent and diversity of his duties. The Resolution passed by the faculty on his death states, "Probably no one of our colleagues has assisted with such patient wisdom and kindliness so large a number of advanced students in the preparation of their theses. His attitude toward them and toward his colleagues was one of comradeship in a high cause." His scholarship was broad, but always exact and sensible. For most of his career he was interested in the literary and historical aspects of biography and his Sather lectures presented the results of his researches in one of the few volumes in the series that treats both Greece and Rome. Later in life he turned to the biographical accounts and then the poems of Virgil, a reflection of his deep humanity and love of beauty.Stuart had captained the track team at Michigan and for some time held an intercollegiate track record. His lithe physical elegance was matched by the even tenor of his modest and sensitive personality, and his students remembered his "self-sacrificing helpfulness, the kindly gracious-ness, the urbanity and humor which won their esteem and affection."

  • Sources:

    CJ 37 (1941-2) 122-3; NYTimes (30 Aug. 1941); Princeton Alumni Weekly (5 Dec. 1941); WhAm 1:1201.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.