White, Mary Estelle

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White, Mary Estelle

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Mary Estelle White, professor of classics at Trinity College, was born in 1908 in Campbellford, Ontario. She studied at Queen‟s University, Kingston, Ontario, and St Hugh‟s College, Oxford, where she obtained an MA. After teaching at McMaster University from 1937 to 1940 she was appointed lecturer in classics at Trinity College, Toronto. She was promoted to associate professor in 1945 and became Worrell Professor in 1963. She was the first woman to hold a departmental headship at the College when she was appointed the Head of the Department of Classics in 1965. She was acting head in 1971-72. She held the position of head of the Graduate Department of Classical Studies at the University of Toronto from 1966 to 1971. She became a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1972. From 1946 to 1964 she was editor of Phoenix, and she was the author of numerous studies in Greek history. Professor White retired from Trinity College in 1974 and died on 7 January 1977.


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