Robert Leo KANE

News Death Notice

KANE, Robert Leo 75, of Oxford died January 2, 2014. Born on January 10, 1938 in New York City, Rob attended the College of the Holy Cross and earned a PhD from Princeton University before moving to Oxford to teach Classics at Miami University in 1962. He taught for 37 years before retiring in 2000. Beyond teaching, he published articles in academic journals and delivered papers at conferences, and this scholarship continued after his retirement. Rob was an enthusiastic traveler, a passionate reader, and a devoted lover of music, especially opera and piano music of the 1930s and 1940s. With an excellent ear and a profound interest in other cultures, Rob could make himself understood in more than five languages. He also enjoyed playing the piano for nearly all his life. His family and friends appreciated his wonderfully dry sense of humor. For the past 13 years, Rob volunteered at the Saint Francis Seraph Soup Kitchen in Cincinnati. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Carol, and his two sons, John and Ned. Following his wishes, his family held a private mass and burial at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Memorials may be made in Rob's name to the Oxford Community Arts Center ( Condolences may be sent online to

Published in Journal-News on Jan. 10, 2014