North American Scholar

BEEDE, Grace Lucile

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1905-08-22
  • Born City: Meckling
  • Born State/Country: SD
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1990-02-04
  • Death City: Walnut Creek
  • Death State/Country: CA
  • Education:

    B.A. U. South Dakota, 1926; Ph.D. U. Chicago, 1936; D.Litt. (hon.) Sioux Falls (SD) Coll., 1971.

  • Professional Experience:

    Prof. Lat. Hiwassee Coll., 1927-8; instr. Lat. & Gk., U. South Dakota, 1928-31, 1936-9; asst. prof., 1939-47; lctr. art, 1942-52; prof, class., 1947-52; chair, dept. class., 1947-70; prof, class. & art, 1952-70; asso. ed. CJ 1940-52; mem. staff, Army Specialized Training Prog., 1943; Western Heritage Hall of Fame, 1978; hon. ed. Nuntius, 1979-90.

  • Dissertation:

    "Vergil and Aratus: A Study in the Art of Translation (Chicago, 1936); printed (Chicago, 1936).

  • Publications:

    "Proverbial Expressions in Plautus," CJ 44 (1948-9) 357-62; "The Humane Element: An Ariadne's Thread for Our Time," Kentucky Foreign Language Quarterly 9 (1962) 8-12; Classical Greek Drama: A Collection of Festival Papers (ed.) (Vermillion, SD, 1967).

  • Notes:

    Grace L. Beede, a native of South Dakota, served her university loyally and taught many students who had distinguished professional careers in the classics. Frequently, she taught more-than 20 hours of classes per week to provide the complete curriculum that her students would need in their preparation. Extensively trained in ancient art, she brought to her teaching an aesthetic approach. She worked tirelessly for the welfare of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South: from 1929 until 1970 she was the state vice-president for South Dakota. In 1942-3 and again in 1951-2, Grace Beede was the first vice-president of CAMWS, and she received an ovatio in 1965.In 1967 a new women's dormitory was named for her on the campus of the University of South Dakota, and in 1981 she gave the summer commencement address to the graduates; she was the first faculty member to begin a tradition of summer commencement addresses by members of the emeritus faculty.

  • Sources:

    Archives, dept. class., U. South Dakota; H. W. Benario, The Classical Association of the Middle West and South: A History of the First Eighty Years; DAS 1974:33; private records, U. South Dakota; Vermillion (SD) Plain Talk.

  • Author: Brent M. Froberg