North American Scholar

GILE, Moses Clement

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1858-12-04
  • Born City: East Haverhill
  • Born State/Country: MA
  • Parents: Moses, a farmer, & Elizabeth Kelly G.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1916-04-28
  • Death City: Colorado Springs
  • Death State/Country: CO
  • Married: Josephine E. Richards, 29 June 1886.
  • Education:

    B.A. Brown, 1883; M.A. 1886; LL.D., 1913; Colorado College, 1913.

  • Professional Experience:

    Instr. Gk. & Lat. Phillips Acad. (Andover, MA), 1883-91; asst. prof. Gk. U. Chicago & tchr., Morgan Park Prep. Sch., 1891-2; dir. Cutler Academy, 1892-1908; prof. Gk. & Lat. Colorado Coll., 1892-6; prof, class, langs., 1896-1916.

  • Notes:

    Clement Gile was a powerful teacher of classical languages, whose classical learning was part of a larger life of evangelical and community service. Never a publishing scholar, Gile was described by a not untypical student as “a man in ten thousand and the greatest teacher I ever had.” During his eight years at Andover and 24 at Colorado College, he represented classics to hundreds of students, and did it with uncommon intensity, clearness of intellect, and success.He was also a civic, church and business leader in Colorado Springs and made enough money to help students financially as well as intellectually. He was, as one obituary put it, “an educator of more than local note, [but] he centered his attention on purely local problems” so that, as a neighbor and student declared, he was “almost the most important citizen in the town.” Some years after his death an M. C. Gile Chair of Classical Languages was established at Colorado College.

  • Sources:

    Colorado Springs Gazette (30 Apr. 1916); WhAm 1:455; memorial booklet, privately printed (Colorado Springs, 1916).

  • Author: Owen Cramer