North American Scholar

KORFMACHER, William Charles

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1900-02-06
  • Born City: St. Louis
  • Born State/Country: MO
  • Parents: William & Louise Jaworski K.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1980-12-16
  • Death City: Chicago
  • Death State/Country: IL
  • Married: Louise Averill, 19 Jan. 1938.
  • Education:

    A.B. St. Louis U., 1922; A.M., 1923; Ph.D. U. Chicago, 1934.

  • Professional Experience:

    Tchr. St. Louis U. HS 1923-5; instr. Lat. St. Louis U., 1925-8; instr. to prof, class, langs., 1928-68; chair, 1944-68; dean, U. coll. evening classes, 1943-9; pres. Missouri Acad. Sci., 1942-4; sec-treas. CAMWS, 1945-51; pres., 1951-2; exec. sec. Eta Sigma Phi, 1947-51; ed., CB 1952-68.

  • Dissertation:

    "Othloni Libellus Proverbiorum" (Chicago, 1934); printed (Chicago, 1936).

  • Publications:

    Studies in Honor of B. L. Ullman, ed. with Lillian B. Lawler & Dorothy M. Robathan (St. Louis, 1960); "Classical Type Characterization: The Pastoral Phase," Studies Ullman (1960), 60-8.

  • Notes:

    William Korfmacher was known for many years as editor of CB, which he brought to national prominence and edited meticulously. He was also involved as advisory editor of Improving College and University Teaching. He was an involved citizen-classicist, an involved professional classicist, a committed teacher, and an administrator under whose leadership the Classics Department (both at the undergraduate and graduate levels) at St. Louis University flourished and achieved national recognition. He believed in and fostered the meticulous cultivation of the classics for students' self-development but he also pursued relentlessly the importance of including the classics in the American curriculum at all levels.

  • Sources:

    American Catholic Who's Who 1968-9:226; DAS 1974:253.

  • Author: John E. Rexine