North American Scholar

JOHNSTON, Eva

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1865-05-14
  • Born City: Ashland
  • Born State/Country: MO
  • Parents: John T. M. & Elizabeth Martin J.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1941-11-30
  • Death City: Columbia
  • Death State/Country: MO
  • Education:

    A.B. Stephens Coll., 1882; A.M. U. Missouri, 1885; study at Berlin & Heidelberg, 1899-1901; Ph.D. Königsberg, 1905; study at Göttingen, 1911-12.

  • Professional Experience:

    Lat. & Gk. tchr. Wilton (MO) HS, 1882-3; elementary tchr. Columbia (MO), 1884-7; Stephens Coll. Prep. Sch., 1892-5; Lat. tchr. Columbia (MO) HS, 1895-9; asst. prof, to prof. Lat. U. Missouri, 1899-1933; adviser of women, 1912-21; dean of women, 1922-3.

  • Dissertation:

    "De sermone terentiano quaestiones duae" (Konigsberg, 1905).

  • Publications:

    "Gemination in Terence," TAPA 36 (1905) xliv.

  • Notes:

    Eva Johnston was a Latinist whose special interests lay in Roman comedy. She completed her dissertation under Richard Heinze at the University of Königsberg. At the time she was the sole American attending the university and also only the second woman to receive a doctorate there. Six years later she returned to Germany to work with Friedrich Leo on Plautus. Both her former students and colleagues described her as an excellent teacher, an unsurpassed adviser, and a thorough scholar. She was the second woman professor at the University of Missouri, and as a teacher and Dean of Women she played an important role in helping the university become a truly coeducational institution.

  • Sources:

    CJ 37 (1941-2) 380; DAS 1942:426; Missouri Alumnus 15 (Apr. 1927) 289; 25 (June 1937) 7; 30 (Dec. 1941) 15; 30 (Mar. 1942) 23; 41 (Oct. 1952) 4; 45 (Mar. 1957) 18, 34-5; WomWWA 14:437.

  • Author: Robert A. Seelinger