TAIT, Marcus Donald Campbell

Date of Birth
Born City
Quebec
Born State/Country
PQ
Parents
Rev. Donald a Presbyterian minister & Anna Perrine.Tait
Date of Death
Death City
Rome
Death State/Country
Italy
Married
Ruth Strong, 5 Nov. 1926.
EDUCATION

Study at University Coll., U. Toronto, 1915-8; B.A. Oxford (Balliol Coll.) (Rhodes Scholar), 1923; M.A., 1924.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

lctr. class. Queen's U., 1924-7; Austin Res. Stud. Harvard, 1927-8; asst. prof to prof, class. Univ. Coll., U. Toronto, 1928-58.

PUBLICATIONS

"Lucretius," UTQ 2 (1932-3) 21-39; "The Humanism of Paul Elmer More," UTQ 16 (1946-7) 109-22; "Spirit, Gentleness and the Philosophic Nature in the Republic," TAPA 80 (1949) 203-11; "A Problem in the Method of Hypothesis in the 'Phaedo,' " Studies Norwood, 110-5; "Plato's Use of Myth," UTQ 26 (1956-7) 165-79.

NOTES

Tait was a practicing advocate of the Oxford school of "Greats," emphasizing history and philosophy alongside the relevant classical texts. Students were treated to carefully prepared, precisely offered lectures and discussions, particularly with respect to Plato's Republic and Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics and Politics. His treatments of Homer, Greek drama, Catullus, and Lucretius were equally distinguished and memorable. Students and colleagues were repeatedly impressed by his quality of mind and wisdom. Humility and selfless commitment to teaching were his hallmarks; his vigorous and critical intelligence was quite devoid of arrogance, pedantry or dogmatism, a scholar's and a student's paradigm. He died suddenly in Rome and was interred in the Protestant Cemetery within sight of poets and writers he cherished in life.

SOURCES

L. E. Woodbury, Phoenix 12 (1958) 140.

AUTHOR
Alexander G. McKay