North American Scholar

CARR, Wilbert Lester

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1875-08-15
  • Born City: Leon
  • Born State/Country: IA
  • Parents: William Mack & Sabra Rilea C.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1974-11-14
  • Death City: Lexington
  • Death State/Country: KY
  • Married: Ada Himsdale Wallace
  • Education:

    AB Drake U, 1898; AM, 1899; LLD, 1937; study at U Chicago, 1902-6

  • Professional Experience:

    Instr Lat & Gk Drake U, 1899-1902; Lat teacher, Shortridge HS, 1906-9; U Chicago HS, 1909-20; asst prof Lat Oberlin, 1920-4; asso prof Lat, U Michigan, 1925-30; prof Lat Teachers College, Columbia, 1930-41; Colby Coll 1941-9; vis prof anc langs, U Kentucky, 1949-62; sec-treas CAMWS, 1923-30; pres ACL, 1931-7; dir, ACL Service Bureau, 1937-58; asso ed CO, 1936-54

  • Publications:

    “The Teaching of Ancient Languages by Modern Methods,” NEA Addresses and Proceedings (1908) 645-9; William Gardner Hale, Latin Composition Part 1 with the collaboration of Carr & Charles Henry Beeson (Boston, 1910); The Development of Language, with Harry Fletcher Scott (Chicago & New York, 1921); “The Classical Investigation,” with Mason D Gray, CJ 16 (1921-2) 16-27; The Teaching of Elementary Latin (Boston & New York, 1929); The Living Language: A Latin Book for Beginners with George Depue Hadzsits (Boston, 1932); The Living Language: A Second Latin Book with Hadzsits & Harry E Wedeck (Boston & New York, 1934); “Meeting Community Needs through the Study of Latin in the High Schools,” NEA Addresses and Proceedings (1934) 485-6; Language and Its Growth, with Harry Fletcher Scott & Gerald Thomas Wilkinson (Chicago, 1935); Latin Poetry, with Harry E Wedeck (Boston, 1940)

  • Notes:

    Wilbert Carr's longevity was matched by an abiding interest in the practice and theory of the teaching of Latin into his hundredth year. As author, editor, and investigator he was in the forefront of major activities in this area during the entire first half of this century. His name is familiar to classicists as author or co-author of some half-dozen successful textbooks. He also wrote about 80 articles and 200 book reviews relating to the teaching of Latin. Of all his work, he took greatest pride in his co-authorship of the General Report of the Classical Investigation (1924), a nationwide study of classical education. Known for his gentle wit, he also claimed a bibliographia latens of over 50 Latin quotations and more than 300 zoological and botanical names.

  • Sources:

    University Archives, U Kentucky Library

    Photo credit: Faculty Photographs Collection, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University in the City of New York.

  • Author: Lawrence S. Thompson