Friday, January 17, 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Keely Lake on January 15, 2020. She received her Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Iowa in 2001 and, since then, had been a visiting guest professor at Gettysburg College in 2001, Professor of Classical Greek and Latin at Wayland Academy from 2002 to 2018, and was teaching online courses for Montclair State, Wayne State University, and One Schoolhouse. She served for many years as Secretary of the Vergilian Society, was an active member of several Classics-related boards and organizations, and was a reader/table leader for standardized AP exams in Latin.

Professor Robert Ketterer, her dissertation advisor, writes, "I still remember she defended her thesis on Dreams in Vergil the day the US declared the first Iraq war... She made an enormous success of her career at Wayland and as a contributor CAMWS and to the work of teaching Latin at the K-12 level. She had moved back home to take care of her father and was making a characteristic success of free lancing Classics. The field will miss her enormously."

Professor Glenn Storey writes, "I have seen Keely several times in the last few years at the AP Latin Reading. She was my Table Leader for the essay the last two years. We had talked a lot, and it seemed good that she had left Wayland and had acquired university status in Minneapolis as an online instructor. The new AP Latin course materials, which are outstanding, are largely her brainchild. She was a terrific person and an enthusiastic classicist. If I go to the Reading this summer, there will be a giant hole that will affect us all. We can be very proud that she was here with us."

Professor John Finamore writes, "This is very sad news.  I had last heard from Keely on New Year’s Day.  She was, among other things, Secretary of the Vergilian Society. Like Rob, I remember her dissertation and her defense, and having her in classes too.  She was one of our good ones."

Requiescat in pace, Keely.