Fonds 2191 - Donald and Rhena Robson Fonds

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Donald and Rhena Robson Fonds

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CA ON00357 2191

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  • 1925-1976 (Creation)

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17 cm of textual materials
81 b&w photographs

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(October 27, 1905 - September 5, 1976)

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DO Robson was a respected Professor of Classics, born in Fenelon Falls, Ontario and raised there and in Toronto. He completed his undergraduate degree at Victoria in 1928, winning the Edward Wilson Gold Medal in Classics. Upon graduation he was named a Fellow and continued with his education, earning his MA in 1929 and PhD in 1932 (his thesis was "The Samnites in the Po Valley").

Robson taught at Western for seventeen years before returning as an Associate Professor of Latin at Victoria in 1947. He retired in 1975. Robson was not known for publishing, but instead believed that his most important function was teaching. In 1971, when he retired as Chairman of the Department of Classics, he said, "The greatest reward a teacher can reap is the love and trust of his colleagues and students."

Generous to Victoria, Robson made many financial donations to the University. In 1931, Robson married Rhena Victoria Kendrick, also a Victoria graduate.

Victoria University Positions Held:
Fellow in Classics 1928-1930
Associate Professor of Latin 1947-1956
Professor of Latin 1956-1960
Professor of Latin; Chairman of Department of Classics 1960-1971
Professor of Latin 1971-1975
Professor Emeritus of Classics 1975

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(January 13, 1902-December 4, 1982)

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Rhena Robson (nee Kendrick) was a Victoria University graduate, class of 1923, and gold medalist. Robson continued her education at Bryn Mawr and the University of Chicago before returning to Toronto to teach in Classics at Victoria. Rhena married Donald Robson in 1931.

Awards won as a graduating student in 1923:
Governor-General's Gold Medal
The Edward Wilson Gold Medal in Classics

Teaching Positions held at Victoria:
Instructor in Ancient History, 1928-1929
Lecturer in Classics, 1929-1931

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2023.07V: Records were inherited by the donor from the creator where they remained until being donated to Victoria University.
2023.19V: Unknown. Transferred from Victoria University Library Special Collections in 2023.

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Contains correspondence, postcards and travel and academic photographs, travel diaries, family research, as well as scholarly research and lectures.

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Gift of Larry Pfaff

Transferred from Victoria University Library Special Collections


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