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AXTELL, Harold Lucius

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  • Date of Birth: May 24, 1876
  • Born City: West Medway
  • Born State/Country: MA
  • Parents: Seth Jones & Mary Caroline Fletcher A.
  • Date of Death: May 08, 1955
  • Death City: Moscow
  • Death State/Country: ID
  • Married: Gertrude S. Bouton, 30 June 1908.
  • Education:

    A.B. Kalamazoo Coll., 1897; A.B. U. Chicago, 1898; A.M., 1900; Ph.D., 1906; U. Chicago Travelling Fellowship in Rome and Athens, 1901-2.

  • Dissertation:

    "The Deification of Abstract Ideas in Roman Literature and Inscriptions" (Chicago, 1907); printed (Chicago, 1907).

  • Professional Experience:

    Instr., Des Moines College, 1898-1900; instr. & princ. Preparatory School, U. Idaho, 1902-5; prof. Lat. U. Idaho, 1906-46; prof. mod. langs., 1920-3; actng. dean, coll. lett. & sci., 1930-1.

  • Publications:

    "Men's Names in the Writings of Cicero," CP 10 (1915) 386-404.

  • Notes:

    Harold Axtell was instrumental in making the University of Idaho one of the largest producer of Rhodes Scholars west of the Great Lakes. As his daughter, Mildred Axtell Hensley, stated, "He loved teaching, he loved young people and students, he loved the classics and the University of Idaho, where he spent over 40 years."

  • Sources:

    Rafe Gibbs, Beacon for Mountain and Plain. The Story of the University of Idaho. (Moscow, ID, 1962); WhAm 3:38.

  • Author: Galen Rowe