North American Scholar

COON, Raymond Huntington

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1883-06-27
  • Born City: St. Cloud
  • Born State/Country: MN
  • Parents: Reune Runyan, a Baptist clergyman, & Eva Huntington C.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1935-05-07
  • Death City: Bloomington
  • Death State/Country: IN
  • Married: Mayme Emma Bryan, 4 Aug. 1908.
  • Education:

    A.B. Grand Island Coll. (NE), 1904; M.A. Oxford (Lincoln Coll.) (Rhodes Scholar), 1910; Ph.D. U. Chicago, 1916.

  • Professional Experience:

    Instr. Lat. & Gk. Sioux Falls Coll., 1907-8; Grand Island Coll., 1908-9; asso. prof. Lat. & Gk. William Jewell Coll. (Liberty, MO), 1909-23; prof. & dept. head, 1914-23; prof. Lat., Indiana U., 1923-35.

  • Dissertation:

    “The Foreigner in Hellenistic Comedy,” (Chicago, 1916); printed (Chicago, 1920).

  • Publications:

    “Ovid in Exile,” CJ 22 (1926-7) 355-69; The Reversal of Nature as a Rhetorical Figure, (Bloomington, 1928); “The Vogue of Ovid since the Renaissance,” CJ 25 (1929-30) 277-90; William Warde Fowler: An Oxford Humanist (Oxford, 1934).

  • Notes:

    Raymond Huntington Coon was an early Rhodes Scholar, whose tutor was William Warde Fowler, about whom he wrote a lengthy and admiring memoir. He was at Oxford 1904-7, and received the M.A. in 1910. Following his stint at William Jewell College with two men who would later be IU colleagues, Stout in classics and Sutherland, the head of the sociology department, he came to Bloomington, where he would conclude his career. At his death, the president of IU, William Lowe Bryan, said, “He has commanded the respect of his colleagues for learning, for teaching skill, and for maintenance by word and deed of the high academic standards essential for the University.”

  • Sources:

    Indiana University Archives; NatCAB 38:92.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.