Harvard Professor Robert Stuart Fitzgerals Dead At 74
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) _ Robert Stuart Fitzgerald, a poet, translator of Greek classics and Harvard University professor emeritus, has died, the university said. He was 74.
Fitzgerald, who died at his home in Hamden, Conn., succeeded Archibald MacLeish in 1965 as professor of rhetoric and oratory at Harvard. He became professor emeritus in 1981.
His translations of Homer’s ″Odyssey″ and ″Iliad″ and Sophocles’ ″Oedipus at Colonus″ are widely known among scholars.
A native of Geveva, N.Y., he graduated from Harvard in 1933. Before he joined the Harvard faculty, he held various teaching appointments at colleges and universities, and worked for the former New York Herald Tribune, Time magazine and the New Republic.
Fitzgerald leaves his third wife Penelope, six children and seven grandchildren. A funeral Mass was scheduled in New Haven, Conn., on Saturday, Harvard University said.