Frank Barnett

The President and Fellows announce with great sadness the death of Frank Barnett, Emeritus Fellow of Trinity College.

Frank Barnett was Fellow and Tutor in French, from 1952 to 1986, and was Trinity’s first Fellow in Modern Languages. He was a widely cultured man and a brilliant linguist with a background in the Classics. He was fluent in at least five modern European languages. He specialised in tutoring French literature, language and philology in College but also taught other languages from time to time at Trinity, as well as Romanian, of which he had an excellent command, in the University. He researched and published in particular on Late Latin and the early history of the French language. Born and brought up in New Zealand, he returned there after retirement to live in the house in which he had been born, though he and his wife, Elizabeth, returned regularly to Trinity and to their holiday home in Spain. He died peacefully in Christchurch, New Zealand, on 5 August, aged 93.

Posted: 8 August 2016