North American Scholar

BURGESS, Theodore Chalon

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1859-04-27
  • Born City: Little Valley
  • Born State/Country: NY
  • Parents: Chalon & Emma Johnston B.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1925-02-26
  • Death City: Peoria
  • Death State/Country: IL
  • Married: Laura May Briggs, 17 Aug. 1887.
  • Education:

    A.B. Fredonia (NY) State Normal School (later State University of New York College), 1879; A.B. Hamilton, 1883; A.M., 1886; LL.D., 1923; Ph.D. U. Chicago, 1898.

  • Professional Experience:

    Prof. & head class, dept. Fredonia State Normal Sch., 1883-96; prof. & head, dept. anc. langs. Bradley Polytechnic Inst, (now Bradley U.), 1897-1925; dean, 1899-1903; actng. dir., 1903-4; dir. & pres., 1904-25.

  • Dissertation:

    "Epideictic Literature" (Chicago, 1898); printed in U. Chicago Studies in Classical Philology 3 (1902) 89-261.

  • Publications:

    "The PaoiXiKoq \6yoc," TAPA 31 (1900) xxvii-xxviii; Elementary Greek, with R. J. Bonner (Chicago, 1907).

  • Notes:

    In his 28 years at Bradley, Theodore Chalon Burgess built the institution from a munici^jl college to a university. In his administration the student body increased from 350 to 2400, the faculty from 25 to 81. He expanded the curriculum by adding two years of college work in basic subjects, including ancient languages, and strengthened both the academic and vocational areas. A persistently diplomatic administrator of progressive ideas, he continued to champion the classics long after his scholarly aspirations were displaced by the demands of administration.

  • Sources:

    John F. Ohles, DAE 205; NatCAB 20:170; WhAm 1:167.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.