North American Scholar

COHOON, James Wilfred

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1878-11-03
  • Born City: Birr
  • Born State/Country: ON
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1946-10-22
  • Death City: Sackville
  • Death State/Country: NB
  • Education:

    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.

  • Dissertation:

    “Rhetorical Studies in the Arbitration Scene of Menander's Epitrepontes,” (Princeton, 1914); printed (Boston, 1915) and TAPA 45 (1914) 141-230.

  • Publications:

    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.

  • Notes:

    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.

  • Sources:

    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