North American Scholar

LEASE, Emory Bair

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1863-04-08
  • Born City: New Berlin
  • Born State/Country: PA
  • Parents: John Henry, a Methodist minister & Kate A. Bair L.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1931-05-19
  • Death City: New York
  • Death State/Country: NY
  • Married: Carrie Lee Essex, 12 Sept. 1894.
  • Education:

    A.B. Ohio Wesleyan U., 1885; A.M. Johns Hopkins, 1888, fellow in Lat., 1892; Ph.D., 1894; research in Munich, 1897-8.

  • Professional Experience:

    Prof. nat. sci. & Germ. Little Rock (AR) U., 1885-7; adj. prof. Lat. & Gk. U. Pacific, 1887-91; prof. Lat. Allegheny Coll., 1894-6; asst. prof. Lat. U. Michigan, 1896-7; fac. mem. CCNY, 1901-18; asst. prof, to prof. Lat., 1918-31.

  • Dissertation:

    "A Syntactic, Stylistic and Metrical Study of Pruden-tius" (Johns Hopkins, 1894); printed (Baltimore, 1895).

  • Publications:

    "I nunc and / with Another Imperative," AJP 19 (1898) 59-69; "Livy's Use of -arunt, -erunt, and -ere," AJP 24 (1903) 408-22; T. Livi Ab Urbe Condita Libri I, XXI, XXII (New York, Boston, 1905; 2d ed., 1910); "Notes on Latin Syntax," AJP 30 (1909) 298-309; "The Dative with Prepositional Compounds," AJP 33 (1912) 283-300; "Neve and Neque with the Imperative and Subjunctive," AJP 34 (1913) 255-75, 418-36; "The Use and Range of the Future Participle," AJP 40 (1919) 262-85; "The Number Three, Mysterious, Mystic and Magic," CP 14 (1919) 56-73; "A Journey from this World to the Next," CJ 21 (1925-6) 599-606; "The Ablative Absolute Limited by Conjunctions," AJP 49 (1928) 348-53, ibid. 52 (1931) 175.

  • Notes:

    Lease was known for his comprehensive knowledge of classical languages and culture. He was an exciting and popular teacher who could add to his classroom performance analogies from and references to his two favorite recreations, sports and music. In his later years he became concerned with the ways in which thought and action are susceptible to, even controlled by, significant numbers and number-patterns. He compiled a book based on his researches, The Numbers Three, Seven, Nine and Twelve—Mysterious, Mystic and Magic, but he died before it could be published.

  • Sources:

    NatCAB 22:325; WhAm 1:713.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.