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KELLOGG, George Dwight

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  • Date of Birth: June 28, 1873
  • Born City: St. Louis
  • Born State/Country: MO
  • Parents: Sanford Brown & Louise Parker Allen K.
  • Date of Death: September 19, 1955
  • Death City: Schenectady
  • Death State/Country: NY
  • Married: Anna Mary Collins, 18 June 1914.
  • Education:

    A.B. Yale, 1895, Ph.D., 1898; fell. ASCSR, 1899-1900; study in Germany, 1899, 1913.

  • Dissertation:

    "The Use of the Subjunctive in Independent Sentences in Cicero's Correspondence" (Yale, 1898).

  • Professional Experience:

    Asst. Lat. Yale, 1896-7; instr., 1898-9; tutor, 1900-3; asst. prof. Gk. & Lat. Williams Coll., 1903-5; preceptor & asst. prof, class. Princeton, 1905-11; prof. Lat. lang. & lit. Union Coll., 1911-43; actng. prof. Am. hist., 1920-1; head dept. anc. class., 1923-43; actng. head philos. dept., 1924-5; actng. head econ. dept., 1925-6; asso. ed. CW, 1925-35.

  • Publications:

    "Complementary and Supplementary Defining Parataxis," TAPA 29 (1898) xlvii-lii; reports on Philologus for AJP, vols. 19-40; "New Readings from the Freisig Fragments of the Fables of Hyginus," AJP 20 (1899) 406-11; "Critical Notes in Cicero's Letters," TAPA 32 (1900) iv-v; "Study of a Proverb attributed to the Rhetor Apol-lonius," AJP 28 (1907) 301-10; "Cross-Suggestion: A Form of Tacitean Brachyology," AJP 30 (1909) 310-21; "The Painting of the Crow and Two Vultures in Plautus' Mostellaria, 832ff.," TAPA 41 (1910) xlii-xlv; "The Greek Motives of the First Scene of Plautus' Menaechmi," TAPA 44 (1913) xxxii-xxxv; "Aibr : tibr : giba. A Possible Re-emendation of Matthew, v, 23, in the Gothic Version," TAPA 45 (1914) xviii-xxi.

  • Notes:

    After six years as a preceptor at Woodrow Wilson's Princeton, George Dwight Kellogg succeeded Sidney G. Ashmore at Union, where he would be a campus institution for the next 30 years. At Schenectady he impressed students and acquaintances alike with the breadth of his interests and the depth of his knowledge. Indeed, he acted as chair of both the philosophy and economics departments during his tenure and also taught the history of education, mathematics, and European and American history. His type of broadly educated teacher constantly enthusiastic for greater knowledge in all areas was once a feature of college campuses but is more and more rare at the end of the 20th century. "In those days, when college graduates met one did not ask another what he had majored in. . . . All of us, regardless of our occupations, had the same basic education and a common fund of knowledge which led to intelligent discussions on subjects in many different fields." An accomplished public speaker who gave courses to General Electric engineers, Kellogg was also an astute and indefatigable conversationalist whose campus nickname was "Gabby." For the breadth of his learning and the fluency of his conversation, a campus magazine called him "Union's Samuel Johnson." A staunch conservative who despised the New Deal, he was not given to controversy and was considered a model of fairness, hospitality, and kindness.

  • Sources:

    NYTimes (21 Sept. 1955) 33; Union College Archives; WhAm 3:467.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.