North American Scholar

LOFBERG, John Oscar

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1882-04-20
  • Born City: Jakobatad
  • Born State/Country: Finland
  • Parents: Jon L. & wife.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1932-11-10
  • Death City: Oberlin
  • Death State/Country: OH
  • Married: Maude Sparkman.
  • Education:

    A.B. Stetson U., 1905; U. Chicago, 1905; Ph.D., 1914.

  • Professional Experience:

    Asst. Lat. Stetson U., 1904-5; princ. Sleepy Eye (MN) HS, 1905-7; instr. class. Bradley Polytechnic Inst. (Peoria, IL), 1908-12; asst. Gk. U. Chicago, 1912-4; instr. Lat. Oak Park (IL) HS, 1914-7; instr. to asst. prof. Gk. U. Texas, 1917-22; asso. prof, class. Queen's U. (Kingston, ON), 1922-4; prof, class. & head dept. Washington & Lee U., 1924-7; prof, class. Oberlin Coll., 1927-32; pres. So. Sect. CAMWS, 1926-7; sec.-treas. CAMWS, 1930-2; ed.-in-chief CJ, 1932; mng. comm. ASCSA, 1931-2.

  • Dissertation:

    "Sycophancy in Athens" (Chicago, 1914); printed (Menasha, WI, 1917).

  • Publications:

    "The Sycophant-Parasite," CP 15 (1920) 61-72; "Nil sine magno vita labore dedit mortalibus," CJ 16 (1920-1) 220-9; " 'Unmixed Milk' Again," CP 16 (1921) 389-91; "Συνηγορία and συκοφαντία,” TAPA 54 (1923) xix-xx; "The Date of the Athenian Ἐφηβεία," CP 20 (1925) 330-5; "Terence Phormio, 328," C/21 (1925-6) 673-9; "The Trial of Socrates," CJ 23 (1927-8) 601-9; "Phormio and 'Art for Art's Sake'," CW22 (1928-9) 183-4; "The Speakers in the Case of Chrysippus v. Phormio" CP 27 (1932) 329-35.

  • Notes:

    Lofberg's career was divided between his studies of Athenian legal institutions and his popular articles on pedagogy. He died in the year he assumed the editorship of CJ and edited only two numbers. His eulogist, Louis E. Lord, wrote of him, "There was about his scholarship a quality which, for lack of a better term, might be called 'ripeness,' the quality which enables a student, after mastering the minutiae of a subject, to cast aside the irrelevant details and survey his field with a breadth of vision that only wide reading and seasoned judgment can give. ... To his distinction as a scholar and administrator Mr. Lofberg added a third quality: he was a great and rare teacher. His innate friendliness, his wonderful consideration for the feelings of others, his ready sympathy and keen insight and effervescent humor, made him beloved by all students."

  • Sources:

    Robert J. Bonner, CJ 28 (1932-3) 241-2; Louis E. Lord, CP 28 (1933) 56-7.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.