North American Scholar

MOHLER, Samuel Loomis

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1895-03-29
  • Born City: Baltimore
  • Born State/Country: MD
  • Parents: John Fred & Sarah Loomis M.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1969-03-30
  • Death City: Lancaster
  • Death State/Country: PA
  • Married: Harriet Holmes Stuart, 22 June 1918.
  • Education:

    A.B. Dickinson Coll., 1914; A.M. Harvard, 1918; Ph.D. U. Pennsylvania, 1926.

  • Professional Experience:

    Lat. & Gk. tchr. Wilmington Conf. Acad., 1914-6; Loomis Inst., 1918; Camden (NJ) HS, 1919-20; Chester (PA) HS, 1920-1; instr. Lat. U. Pennsylvania, 1921-6; fac. mem. Franklin & Marshall Coll. 1926-32; prof, class., 1932-60; mem. APhS.

  • Dissertation:

    "The Cestus" (Pennsylvania, 1926); printed (Philadelphia, 1926).

  • Publications:

    "The Cliens in the Time of Martial," Studies Rolfe, 239-63; "Cicero's Legacies," TAPA 63 (1932) 73-87; "The Bithynian Christians Again," CP 30 (1935) 167-9; "The Iuvenes and Roman Education," TAPA 68 (1937) 442-79; "Slave Education in the Roman Empire," TAPA 71 (1940) 262-80; "Sails and Oars in the Aeneid," TAPA 79 (1948) 46-62; Source Material for Roman Civilization (Lancaster, PA, 1941); The John Z. Miller Collection of Coins of the Roman Empire in the North Museum of Franklin & Marshall College (Lancaster, PA, 1966).

  • Notes:

    Sam Mohler was the most loved and admired man ever to teach classics at Franklin & Marshall. His enthusiasm for exploring problems in the ancient world and for involving his students in the solutions was combined with a warm gentleness that won him the affection of pupils and colleagues alike. Though I first met him three years after he had retired, his aura was still palpable as he contributed adjunct courses and worked on his last project, the organization and publication of our Roman coin collection. When news of his sad end in an auto accident spread abroad, his former students contributed to establish a prize in freshman Greek in his honor.

  • Sources:

    Dickinson Alumnus (Sept. 1969); WhAm 5:505.

  • Author: J. Joel Farber