North American Scholar

TRACY, Herman Lloyd

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1897-02-10
  • Born City: Toronto
  • Born State/Country: ON
  • Parents: Frederick, professor of philos. & ethics, U. Toronto & Charlotte Haines T.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1986-01-02
  • Death City: Ottawa
  • Death State/Country: ON
  • Married: Vera Lydia Gilmore, 4 Sept. 1923; Valerie Hamilton.
  • Education:

    B.A. U. Toronto, 1921; Ph.D. U. Chicago, 1924.

  • Professional Experience:

    Lctr. to asst. prof, class. U. Manitoba, 1924-5, 1925-6; asst. prof, to prof, class. Queen's U. (Kingston, ON), 1926-61; head dept. Lat., 1933-4; class., 1934-61; dir. summ. sch. 1944-52; seasonal vis. prof, class. Oberlin Coll., 1961-2; McMaster U., 1962-4; class, dept. Trent U., 1966-8; dept. langs. U. Guelph, 1968-71; pres. Ontario Educ. Assn., 1957; pres. Ontario Class. Assn.; pres. Classical Assn. Canada.

  • Dissertation:

    "The Theory and Philosophy of Punishment in Greek Literature" (Chicago, 1924).

  • Publications:

    "The Production of Greek Tragedy," QQ 35 (1928) 259-70; Selections from Cicero: Pro Lege Manilla, ed. with W. O. Jolliffe (Toronto, 1930); A Course of Latin Prose Composition, with L. E. Law (Toronto, 1931); Selections from Cicero: Pro Lege Manilla (De Imperio Gnaei Pompei, Oratio ad Quirites) (Toronto, 1933); "The Plain Man Thinks about Music," QQ 41 (1934) 511-20; Latin Prose Selections, with K. P. R. Neville, E. A. Dale, & D. Breslove (Toronto, 1936); "The Decline of Folk Music," QQ 42 (1935) 461-71; "The Classics at Bay," with L. E. Law, QQ 43 (1936) 182-7; Essential Latin, with W. H. Thompson & R. A. Dugit (London, 1937; Toronto, 1939); "Euterpe 'Goes to Work,' " QQ 44 (1937) 380-5; "Plato as Satirist," C7 33 (1937-8) 153-62; "The Intellectual Factor in Aesthetic Pleasure," PhR 50 (1941) 498-508; "Notes on Plutarch's Biographical Method," CJ 37 (1941-2) 213-21; "The Motif in Oedipus Rex," QQ 50 (1943) 269-73; "Aristotle on Aesthetic Pleasure," CP 41 (1946) 43-6; "The Epic Tradition," CJ 42 (1946-7) 78-81; "Aeneid IV, Tragedy or Melodrama?," C7 41 (1945-6) 199-202; Latin Poetry Selections and Latin Prose Selections (Toronto, 1948); "Horace's Ars Poetica, A Systematic Argument," G&R 17 (1948) 104-15; "The Pattern of Vergil's Aeneid I-VI," Phoenix 4 (1950) 1-8; "Thought-Sequence in the Ode," Phoenix 5 (1951) 108-18; "Thought-Sequence in the Ode," Studies Norwood, 203-13; "Dramatic Art in Aeschylus* Agamemnon," CJ 47 (1951-2) 215-28; "Hades in Montage," Phoenix 8 (1954) 136-41; "A Lexicographical Note," CW 49 (1955-6) 194-5; "Double Tableaux in Greek Tragedy," CJ 53 (1957-8) 338-45; A Latin Reader for Canadian Schools, with D. Breslove & A. G. Hooper (Toronto, 1959); "The Verb-Object Trope in Vergil," Vergilius 7 (1961) 12-8; "Seven Homecomings," Vergilius 9 (1958) 28-31; "Fata deum and the Action of the Aeneid," G&R 11 (1964) 181-95; "Note on Aeneid 2, 557," Vergilius 11 (1965) 54-6; "The Lyric Poet's Repertoire," CJ 61 (1965-6) 22-6; "A Note on Horace, Odes 3,30,2, regalisitu pyramidum," EMC 10 (1966) 16; "Aeneas' Visit to Bufhrotum," EMC 11 (1967) 1-3; "Vergil and the Nostoi," Vergilius 14 (1968) 36-40; "A Note on Catullus 64.346," CJ 66 (1971-2) 64-6; "Augurium Divum in Vergil's Work," Vergilius 17 (1971) 4-6; "Two Footnotes on Horace, Odes 3.3.37-38," EMC 16 (1972) 92-3; "Olim as Particle," CW 69 (1975-6) 431-3; "Horace on the Poetic Afflatus," Latomus 35 (1976) 808-12.

  • Notes:

    Herman Tracy was a teacher and scholar in the best tradition of classicists of his generation: liberal of mind, wide-ranging in interests, humane in outlook and disposition. His many published articles, composed mainly during his years at Queen's University, cover a wide range of interests: Greek and Latin literature (especially Greek tragedy and Virgil, respectively), Greek philosophy (especially Plato), and aesthetics. His pedagogical interests and outstanding skills are reflected in several editions of Latin poetry and prose selections and in his admirable little book on Latin prose composition. ¬ęTracy was one of the really great teachers of Greek and Latin language and literature: "inspirational" in the literal sense, for by his kindly and most effective tutelage he enabled students to develop their own responses to the works which he succeeded in introducing in such an inviting, not to say enticing, fashion. Tracy was also a man of wide cultural intellectual and community interests. At the University his urbane and witty personality, together with his administrative skills, extended far beyond the smooth running of his own department. He was also a talented musician and helped to found the Kingston Symphony Orchestra in which he played in the string section for many years.

  • Sources:

    CanWhWh 1964-6: 1098; DAS 1978:496; The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (3 Jan. 1986); The Humanities in Canada, ed. Watson Kirkconnell & A. S. P. Woodhouse (Ottawa, 1974); F. E. L. Priestley, The Humanities in Canada (Toronto, 1964); Queen's University archives; Queen's Alumni Review (1986); E. L. Smethurst, Classics at Queen's: A Brief History (Kingston, 1992).

  • Author: Desmond J. Conacher/Alexander G. McKay