North American Scholar

FORMAN, Lewis Leaming

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1857-12-10
  • Born City: Romney
  • Born State/Country: IN
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1933-09-10
  • Death City: Ithaca
  • Death State/Country: NY
  • Married: Isabel Leaming, 2 January 1884
  • Education:

    Study at Wabash Coll., 1873-5; M.A. U. Pennsylvania, 1890; Ph.D. Johns Hopkins, 1894.

  • Professional Experience:

    Instr. Gk. U. Pennsylvania, 1890-1; Cornell, 1894-1900; 1902-11; 1921-4.

  • Dissertation:

    “The Difference between the Genitive and Dative Used with ἐπί to Denote Superposition” (Johns Hopkins, 1894); printed (Baltimore, 1894).

  • Publications:

    Index Andocideus, Lycurgeus, Dinarcheus (Oxford, 1897); A First Greek Book (New York & London, 1899); Selections from Plato (London, 1900; 1906); Aristophanes. Clouds (New York, 1915); Does the German State Recognize the Moral Law? (New York, 1916).

  • Notes:

    A student of Gildersleeve, Forman moved to Europe when World War I broke out and worked for two years in a British munitions factory, donating his pay to the Institute for the War Blinded. Back in America in 1916, he helped organize the American Rights Committee, whose goal was American involvement in the war, and wrote a number of pamphlets. In 1917 he returned to England to help maintain at his own expense some 40 French war orphans. On the death of Charles E. Bennett in 1921, he returned to Cornell, but after three years he went back to France, where he lived and studied for seven years. A highly successful teacher, he refused the rank of professor, preferring to remain an instructor. In his last public lectures he claimed science was the new “religion of the Occident” that has dehumanized and demoralized man. The cure, as he saw it, was emulation of the Greek way of life. In Philadelphia he was organist and choirmaster at St. Luke's, and at Cornell he was organist at Sage Chapel.

  • Sources:

    C7 29 (1933-4) 314; Cornell U. archives; Wabash Coll. archives.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.