North American Scholar

TRAVIS, Albert Hartman

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1913-12-22
  • Born City: Los Angeles
  • Born State/Country: CA
  • Parents: Hartman Porter & Adelaide Ball T.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 2006-06-16
  • Death City: Los Angeles
  • Death State/Country: CA
  • Married: Lucile Aurora Diehl, 8 May 1938; Barbara Brown Nettingen, 25 January 1957.
  • Education:

    B.A. University of Southern California, 1936, M.A. Harvard, 1938; Ph.D., 1940.

  • Professional Experience:

    Instr. Greek & Latin, Harvard & Radcliffe, 1940-2; lt. commander U.S. Navy, Reserve, 1942-6; asst. prof. U. of Southern California, 1946-7; memb. Faculty, UCLA, 1947--; prof. classics 1959-76; chair dept., 1954-62; 1965-8; acting chair, 1975-6; pres. Philological Assn. of Pacific Coast; ed., CSCA, 4-5 (1971-2).

  • Dissertation:

    “De Servii carminum Vergilianorum interpretis dicendi rationibus,” HSCP 51 (1940) 328-9.

  • Publications:

    “Improbi iocos Phaedri,” TAPA 71 (1940) 579-86; “Donatus and the Scholia Danielis. A Stylistic Comparison,” HSCP 53 (1942) 157-69; “Demetrios of Phaleron and His Lawgiving,” with S. Dow, Hesperia 12 (1943) 144-65; “Marius Victorinus. A Biographical Note,” HThR 36 (1943) 83-90; “Addendum to ‘Donatus and the scholia Danielis’,” CP 45 (1950) 38-9; “Monuments of Roman Spain,” Archaeology 5 (1952) 3-10; “Parallels to Patavinitas,” CP 48 (1953) 174-5; Servianorum in Vergili carmina Commentariorum editionis Harvardianae, vol. iii, quod in Aeneidos libros iii-v explanationes continet, III, ed. with A.F. Stocker with the help of H.T. Smith, G.B. Waldrop, & R.T. Bruère, Special Publ. of the APA I (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1965). REVS: CJ LXII 1967 234-236 Williams | CR XVII 1967 286-289 Mountford | 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.

  • Notes:

    Albert Travis was a native of Los Angeles whose early education and nearly his entire career took place there. He taught at UCLA for 33 years and was chairman of the department for 13 years. He was a student of E.K. Rand at Harvard and was chosen by him to collaborate on the Harvard Servius program. Travis's monument is the third volume of that project, which appeared some 19 years after the first volume. His scholarly career was interrupted by four years of service as Lt. Commander in the South Pacific serving under Admiral Calvin T. Durgin. For his service he was awarded a bronze star.

    He was a gentleman who pursued rarefied tastes as a member of the Southern California and Pasadena Wine and Food Societies, the Men's Garden Club of Los Angeles, La Grulla Gun Club, and the Valley Hunt Club.  
  • Sources:

    WhAm 61 (2007) 4568; WhWhWest 18 (1982-3) 758; DAS 8, 3: 532; Los Angeles Times (25 June 2006).

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.