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About the Authors

Photo of Frederic M. Wheelock.Frederic M. Wheelock

Frederic M. Wheelock (1902-1987) received the A.B., A.M., and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University. His long and distinguished teaching career included appointments at Haverford College, Harvard University, the College of the City of New York, Brooklyn College, Cazenovia Junior College (where he served as Dean), the Darrow School for Boys (New Lebanon, NY), the University of Toledo (from which he retired as full Professor in 1968), and a visiting professorship at Florida Presbyterian (now Eckerd) College. He published a number of articles and reviews in the fields of textual criticism, palaeography, and the study of Latin; in addition to Wheelock's Latin (previously titled Latin: An Introductory Course Based on Ancient Authors), his books include Wheelock's Latin Reader (previously titled Latin Literature: A Book of Readings) and Quintilian as Educator (trans. H. E. Butler; introd. and notes by Prof. Wheelock). Professor Wheelock was a member of the American Classical League, the American Philological Association, and the Classical Association of the Atlantic States. Biographies of Dr. Wheelock authored by Professor Ward Briggs appear in his book, A Biographical Dictionary of American Classicists (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1994), as well as in the Winter, 2003, issue of The Classical Outlook. Frederic retired to Amherst, New Hampshire, and then to Kent, Connecticut, with his beloved wife of 50 years, Dorothy Rathbone Wheelock. He is survived by his two daughters, Martha Wheelock and Deborah Wheelock Taylor, who have continued his tradition as teachers, and by his two grandchildren, Vanessa Taylor Sands and Ian Taylor.

BIOGRAPHY (reprinted courtesy of Professor Ward Briggs and The Classical Outlook)

Photo of Richard A. LaFleur.Richard A. LaFleur

Richard A. LaFleur received the B.A. and M.A. in Latin from the University of Virginia and the Ph.D. in Classical Studies from Duke. He taught from 1972-2012 at the University of Georgia, where he served for 21 years as head of one of the largest Classics programs in North America and was appointed in 1998 to the chair of Franklin Professor of Classics.

He has numerous publications in Latin language, literature, and pedagogy, including the books The Teaching of Latin in American Schools: A Profession in Crisis, Latin Poetry for the Beginning Student, Love and Transformation: An Ovid Reader, Latin for the 21st Century: From Concept to Classroom, A Song of War: Readings from Vergil's Aeneid (with Alexander G. McKay), Scribblers, Scvlptors, and Scribes, as well as the revised editions of Wheelock's Latin, Wheelock's Latin Reader , and (with Paul Comeau) Workbook for Wheelock's Latin. Professor LaFleur served as editor of The Classical Outlook for nearly 25 years and is a past President of the American Classical League. He has been recipient of more than a million dollars in grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and other funding agencies, and of state, regional, and national awards for teaching and professional service, including the American Philological Association's award for Excellence in the Teaching of Classics and the Anthony Papalia Award for Excellence in Teacher Education from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. He and his wife Alice have five children (Jean-Paul, Caroline, Kimberley, Sara, and Tip) and nine grandchildren (Zachary, Jackson, Lucas, Anna, Charlotte, Olivia, Savannah, Dylan, and Matthew), and joyfully reside in the home Alice designed for them on the banks of Lake Oglethorpe, near Athens, Georgia.

2021 tribute in The Classical Outlook

Curriculum Vitae


Paul T. Comeau

Paul T. Comeau

Paul T. Comeau studied Latin, Classical Greek, and French for more than four years at Joliette Seminary in Quebec. Part of a long military career, from which he retired in 1975, was spent teaching French and serving as the advisor for the Humanities and Social Sciences at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He received a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Assumption College, an M.A. in French Language and Literature and a Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures, both from Princeton University. From 1975 to 1989, as Professor of French and Head of the Department of Foreign Languages at New Mexico State University, he established a two-year Latin program and taught that language for nine years, along with courses in French language, literature, and culture. A number of his articles have appeared in French literary journals, and his publications include a book of literary history, Diehards and Innovators, the French Romantic Struggle: 1800-1830 (1988). He has received research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Canadian Embassy. Now retired as Professor Emeritus of French, he is past President of the New Mexico Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French and a Life Member of the Modern Language Association of America.


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