d.m. George Paul

My Ph.D. supervisor … a very patient man with a legendary book collection. This is Dr Michele George’s obituary from the Canadian Classical Bulletin:

George McKay Paul (1927-2010)

Professor Emeritus of Classics, George Paul, died at home on Monday, February 15, 2010.  Born in Glasgow, Scotland, he graduated from Oxford (BA, MA), where he studied with George Cawkwell, and London (PhD), where his thesis was supervised by H.H. Scullard.  After teaching at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica from 1955 to 1964, George joined the Department of Classics at McMaster, where he taught until his retirement in 1993.  A historian with a particular interest in historiography and rhetoric, he published articles on Thucydides, Plutarch, and Josephus, and was widely recognized as a leading authority on the Roman historian, Sallust, the article on whom he wrote for the Encyclopedia Britannica.  His Historical Commentary on Sallust’s Bellum Jugurthinum remains a standard.

Known for his meticulous attention to detail and insistence on clarity of expression, George’s high standards in the classroom were always tempered by a keen, dry wit and a perpetual twinkle in the eye.  As a long-time bibliophile and keeper of a legendary Classics library in his Westdale home, George devoted great effort toward building the Classics collection in Mills library.  His commitment leaves a permanent legacy for future generations of scholars.

Funeral services will be held at Knox Church, 23 Melville Street in Dundas, Ontario on Thursday, February 18 at 1:30.  Donations can be made to a graduate scholarship set up by George’s family on the occasion of his 80th birthday (The George McKay Paul Scholarship).

… he will be missed.