Ian Kidd: a man of town, gown, and beyond

Even after his death, Emeritus Professor Ian Kidd's legacy continues his key belief that high standards of research, devotion and selfless service are the major factors which contribute to the perseverance of a great university.

When not trekking across America as a Visiting Professor in Classics at the University of Texas at Austin or spending the World War II years in various prisoner of war camps, Emeritus Professor Ian Kidd was known to be a stable part of the St Andrews Community, both in his years studying at the University for a classics degree and his nearly four decades as a distinguished professor of Greek. Ian Kidd’s exceptional career at St Andrews included the titles of Professor of Ancient Philosophy (1973-1976), Chair of Greek (1976-1987), Provost of St Leonard’s College (1978-1983), The Chancellor’s Assessor (1989-1998), and Vice President of the University Court (1997-1998). Upon his retirement in 2001, The University of St Andrews decided to recognize his achievements to the school and the study of Classics as a whole by presenting him with an honorary D.Litt.

Ian Kidd left a generous £100,000 legacy to be used to support postgraduate students in the School of Classics. Another £1,000 was bequested to MUSA which was used to promote town and gown relationships through a series of art, craft and music workshops. The first event, a watercolour workshop led by local landscape artist Mark Holden, proved to be an exceptional hit which was completely booked out. Due to his lifelong love of music (he was a well-trained pianist), another sum of £4,000 was bequeathed to the Music Centre and Music Society of St Andrews.

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