North American Scholar

DUTTON, Emily Helen

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1869-09-29
  • Born City: Shirley
  • Born State/Country: MA
  • Parents: Albert Ira & Helen Abby Reed D
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1947-06-21
  • Death City: Lynchburg
  • Death State/Country: VA
  • Education:

    A.B. Mt. Holyoke, 1891; A.M. Radcliffe, 1896; Ph.D. U. Chicago, 1913; study at Berlin & Munich, 1901-2.

  • Professional Experience:

    Tchr. Eutaw (MN) HS, 1891-2; Girls' HS (Brooklyn, NY), 1892-4; instr. Lat. Vassar, 1894-1901; prof. Gk. & Lat. & dean, Tennessee Coll. Women (Murfreesboro), 1909-23; dean coll. & prof, class, langs., Sweet Briar Coll., 1923-40.

  • Dissertation:

    “Studies in Greek Prepositional Phrases” (Chicago, 1913); printed (Chicago, 1916).

  • Publications:

    “Reflections on Re-Reading Vergil,” Bull. Tennessee Coll. Women 9 (1916), repr. CW 24 (1930-1) 185-90, 193-7.

  • Notes:

    Emily Dutton wrote her dissertation under Paul Shorey at Chicago. She maintained the classics department at Sweet Briar while serving as dean. As both teacher and administrator she worked for the improvement of academic standards of students and faculty alike. She was chair of the Committee on Standards of the Southern Association of College Women. When that organization merged with the Association of Collegiate Alumnae to form the American Association of University Women, she served on that body's Committee on Membership and Committee on Maintaining Standards. At Sweet Briar she encouraged the recognition of the best students and to that end developed a system of departmental honors and the awarding of honors along with degrees.

  • Sources:

    AmW253; DAS 1942:232; NYTimes (19 June 1947) 21; Sweet Briar archives.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.