We deeply regret the loss to the Association of one of its longest-
Mr F.R. Dale attended the Summer School in 1913 at which A.R.L.T. Was formally founded. Apart from breaks during two World Wars (and in 1914-
He was a Vice-
In the formative years of A.R.L.T. he keenly supported Dr Rouse in his pioneering of the Direct Method, and was a stalwart champion in defending it against its critics. He also took a very active part, through reading classes at Summer Schools, in advocating the use of the tonic accent in Greek and of the natural word stress in Latin verse. His renderings of of verse in both languages gained in effect when he recited long passages from memory. Many of us owe him a great deal especially for his help with the spoken word. His own delivery, coupled with William Eagling’s awakened us to the beauty of Greek and Latin as living languages, and I always derive much pleasure from the recordings he made.
For many years his lectures on his favourite authors were a highlight of successive Summer Schools and his scholarship took us all back to University days.
Another memory is of his experiments in translating verse into corresponding English metres. His Horace Odes in particular captured a surprising amount of the rhythm, flow and gracefulness of the originals. His advice to translators into the modern idiom was “ avoid bombast and pompousness by all means -
A man of simple tastes, “simplici myrto nihil adlabores” typifies him.
For over sixty years his wisdom and authority were of immeasurable value to the standing of the Association and his scholarship to the quality of its work.
We shall remember with affection his unstinting loyalty and devotion.
A Personal Note
One of my husband’s college friends, Mr John Procter, was taught by Mr Dale at the City of London School and has the following recollections.
It was well known that he had been gassed on the Somme, and despite that, remained remarkably fit. He taught Greek, Latin and English. He was a strict disciplinarian but treated the weaker members of the class with forbearance. One particular idiosyncrasy was to hum under his breath quietly but just audibly -
At the end of Summer Schools he would relax his habitually severe appearance and would take part in amateur dramatics with the rest of us. This included the ability to alter his facial expression at will, in contrast to his normally rather austere bearing.
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