North American Scholar
COHOON, James Wilfred
BA U. Toronto (Victoria Coll), 1906, MA, 1908; PhD Princeton, 1914
- Professional Experience:
Lat tchr Stanstead Wesleyan Coll, 1906-7; Leamington (ON) HS, 1908-9; Lat & Gk tchr University Schools, U Toronto, 1911-2; asso prof, to prof, class & Germ Mt Allison U, 1915-6; Wood prof, class, 1919-46.
“Rhetorical Studies in the Arbitration Scene of Menander's Epitrepontes,” (Princeton, 1914); printed (Boston, 1915) and TAPA 45 (1914) 141-230.
Plutarch's Lives, trans B. Perrin, LCL, vol 11, index to vols 1-11 by Cohoon (New York & London, 1926); Dio Chrysostom, (trans), LCL, vol 1 (New York & London, 1932), vol 2 (Cambridge & London, 1939), vol 3, with H L Crosby (Cambridge & London, 1940); “A Textual Item in Herodotus,” AJP 64 (1943) 439-40.
Shy, diffident, committed to scholarship but trammeled by the pressures of an unduly heavy teaching schedule, “Jimmie Willie” was nevertheless Mount Allison's preeminent humanist scholar and a respected contributor to the Loeb Classical Library with a recondite, demanding author, Dio Chrysostom. Although the third volume was well advanced, Cohoon was unable to complete the project and the later volumes were assigned to Pennsylvania's H. Lamar Crosby. A gifted linguist, distinguished at home and abroad, an admirable teacher and self-effacing, gallant servant of his university for three decades, Cohoon was mourned at his death and his funeral was attended by the entire faculty and student body.
Mt Allison Argosy 42 (1915) 12; DAS 1942:160; Mt Allison Record 30 (1946) 9-10; John G Reid, Mount Allison University: A History to 1963 (Toronto, 1984) 36-7, 205; Albert W Trueman, A Second View of Things: A Memoir (Toronto, 1982) 33.
- Author: Alexander G. McKay