North American Scholar

GOGGIN, Mary Geraldine

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1908-08-21
  • Born City: Marlboro
  • Born State/Country: MA
  • Parents: Edward F. & Mary McEnelly G.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 2001-09-06
  • Death City: Meridan
  • Death State/Country: CT
  • Education:

    A.B. Barnard, 1930; Barnard Trav. Fell., ASCSA, 1930-31; Ph.D., Yale, 1938; education courses at Trinity Coll. (Hartford, CT).

  • Professional Experience:

    Instr. St. Mary Coll. (Leavenworth, KS), 1934-35; tchr. Weaver HS (CT), 1937-40; instr. State U. NY at Albany, 1940-49; asst. prof., 1949-53; asso prof. 1953-57; prof. classics, 1957-78; chair dept., 1962-72.

  • Dissertation:

    “Rhythm in the Verse of Favorinus” (Yale, 1938)

  • Publications:

    “Rhythm in the Prose of Favorinus,” CW XXXII (1939) 221; “Rhythm in the Prose of Favorinus,” YCS XII (1951) 149-201

  • Notes:

    Mary G. Goggin, joined the APA in 1933 following a year at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens that she referred to as “the most wonderful year of all.” She began her teaching career in 1934, in the midst of the Great Depression. She always admitted to having found satisfaction in teaching on all levels. In 1940 she began her long association with the New York State College for Teachers at Albany, which later expanded into the State University of New York at Albany, and is today the University at Albany, SUNY. Although she held a doctorate, she entered at the rank of Instructor in the Department of Ancient Languages. She was promoted to professor in 1957. For almost a quarter century, Prof. Goggin, Prof. Lois V. Williams, and Prof. Edith Owen Wallace (1896-1972) made up the Department and trained many aspiring Latin teachers in New York State. As Chairwoman, Prof. Goggin succeeded in establishing a Ph.D. Program in Classics in a larger Department and furthered Classical archaeology with the excavation of Idalion on Cyprus. Always an ardent supporter of the Classical Tradition, she eloquently extolled the Classical virtues of Humanitas and Pietas. To all who knew and studied with Prof. Goggin, the quotation in her entry in the Barnard College 1930 Yearbook, The Mortarboard is so fitting: “And here at last great knowledge does not chill the gentle current of the soul.” A teacher and friend to many students, she remained close to them even after she retired in 1978 as she continued to be very active in University affairs and highly visible at alumni functions until leaving Albany in 1998. She was for many years was very active in learned societies including The Classical Association of Atlantic States, The Classical Association of New England, and The Classical Association of the Empire State.

  • Sources:

    WhWhAM Women 7 (1972-3) 326.

  • Author: Emil J. Polak