North American Scholar

MOORHEAD, Paul Grady

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1891-11-23
  • Born City: Gaffney
  • Born State/Country: SC
  • Parents: James Longstreet & Mary Frances Werts M.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1969-08-11
  • Death City: Baton Rouge
  • Death State/Country: LA
  • Married: Helen Rebecca Snead, 20 Sept. 1916.
  • Education:

    Limestone Coll. (SC), 1908-10; A.B. U. South Carolina, 1913; A.M., 1914; Ph.D. U. Chicago, 1923.

  • Professional Experience:

    Instr. Lat. U. South Carolina, 1913-4; asst. in Lat., Fork Union Mil. Acad., 1914-7; prof. Lat. & Gk. & dept. head, Juniata Coll., 1917-20; prof. & dept. head Coll. Charleston, 1923-8; prof. & dept. head Louisiana State University, 1928-61.

  • Dissertation:

    "The Comments on the Content and Form of the Comic Plot in the Commentum Terentii Ascribed to Donatus" (Chicago, 1924).

  • Publications:

    A Short History of the Ancient World with Charles Edward Smith (New York, 1939); "A Note on Donatus, Commentum Terenti, And. Praef. II, 3," CJ 38 (1942-3) 421-3; "Correction of a Reference to Philostratus Vita Apollonii III, 16," CP 48 (1953) 100; "Distribution of Roles in Plautus' Menaechmi," CJ 49 (1953-4) 123-7.

  • Notes:

    Paul Moorhead is described by contemporary sources and those who knew him as patient, kindly, and an enthusiastic promoter of the classics. Indeed, when he came to Louisiana State University in 1928 there were no students studying Greek and only four or five in Latin. In a few short years the Greek program was on solid ground and Latin enrollment had increased twentyfold. A former student recalls that Moorhead was unfailingly courteous and shyly modest, always taught in a suit and tie even in the oppressive heat of Louisiana and would periodically bring his prize-winning roses to adorn the department's office. A significant indication of the notice he brought to classics at LSU is the fact that he was selected in January, 1943, by the Anglo-American Hellenic Bureau of Education as one of five Louisianians to write a formal letter of welcome to the King of Greece, then visiting the United States.Moorhead accomplished these feats almost single-handedly, teaching what, by today's standards, was an onerous number of classes while still finding time to publish and to establish a surprisingly good core collection in the classics at the LSU library.

  • Sources:

    WhAm 9:256.

  • Author: Kenneth Kitchell