North American Scholar

EASTMAN, Frederick Carlos

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1860-07-20
  • Born City: Cleveland
  • Born State/Country: OH
  • Parents: Rollin & Caroline Searles E.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1918-08-04
  • Death City: Iowa City
  • Death State/Country: IA
  • Married: Charlotte Whitney, 23 Dec. 1884.
  • Education:

    A.B. Baldwin-Wallace, 1884; A.M., 1887; Ph.D. (hon.) Upper Iowa U. (Fayette, IA), 1893.

  • Professional Experience:

    Instr. Lat. Claflin U. (Orangeburg, SC), 1884-5; Dakota Wesleyan U. (Mitchell, SD), 1885-8; prof. Lat. & Gk. Upper Iowa U., 1888-98; Iowa State Teachers' Coll. (Cedar Falls, IA), 1898-1907; prof. & chair Lat. dept. State U. of Iowa, 1907-18; assoc. ed., C/ 1908-18; pres. CAMWS, 1909-10.

  • Publications:

    Caesar in Gaul, ed. with B. L. D'Ooge (Boston, 1918).

  • Notes:

    Frederick Carlos Eastman devoted his career to furthering the cause of classical study in Iowa. He envisaged a vast collection of the views of prominent citizens and educators regarding the value of the classics in order to make the study of the ancient world an undeniable part of the curriculum. He gave an interim report at a CAMWS meeting and kept a census of the numbers of students taking Latin in Iowa high schools. He made materials, particularly lantern slides, available to teachers across the state at a time when such resources were in very short supply. At the time of his death (by automobile accident), he was engaged in a scheme to correlate the opinions of academicians and business leaders on the role of Latin and Greek in education.

  • Sources:

    Franklin H. Potter, CJ 14 (1918-9) 63-5; NatCAB 18:433.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.