North American Scholar

PENICK, Daniel Allen

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1869-09-07
  • Born City: Cabarrus Co.
  • Born State/Country: NC
  • Parents: Dixon Brown, a farmer & businessman, & Elizabeth Allen Cochrane P.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1964-11-08
  • Death City: Austin
  • Death State/Country: TX
  • Married: Chloe Parmele, 26 Dec. 1901.
  • Education:

    B.S. U. Texas, 1891; M.A., 1892; Ph.D. Johns Hopkins, 1898.

  • Professional Experience:

    Lat. & Eng. tchr. Paris (TX) HS, 1892-3; instr. Gk. & Lat. Daniel Baker Coll. (Brownwood, TX), 1894-5; Centenary Coll. Inst. (now Centenary Coll. for Women) (Hackensack, NJ), 1898-9; instr. to prof. Gk. & Lat. U. Texas, 1899-1917; prof, class, langs., 1917-55; head corresp. div., 1920-47; asst. dean coll. arts & sci., 1928-40; tennis coach (unofficial),,1898-1940; (official), 1940-54; pres. Southwest Conference, 1923-35.

  • Dissertation:

    "Herodotos in the Greek Renascence" (Johns Hopkins, 1898); printed (Baltimore, 1902).

  • Publications:

    "Notes on Lucian's Syrian Goddess," Studies Gildersleeve, 387-93; C. Sallusti Crispi Bellum Catilinae (Boston, 1908); "Paul's Epistles Compared with One Another and with the Epistle to the Hebrews," AJP 42 (1921) 58-72; Latin, with Leslie Proctor (New York, 1927).

  • Notes:

    Daniel A. Penick came from a family of humble clay farmers and entered school for the first time at the age of 16 when the family moved to Austin from North Carolina. Fifteen years later he received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins under Gildersleeve. He soon began a career of 56 years at Texas during which his principal fame was achieved as tennis coach. His players won two national singles and four national doubles titles. The trophy symbolizing the national championship was for a long while called the Penick Bowl in his honor (it is now the Garland Bowl). He was a beloved teacher whose ability to develop young classicists in the classroom was as valued as (if less publicized than) his achievements in developing champion tennis players. He always inculcated in his athletes the value of intellectual activity, as he encouraged his young scholars to be physically active.

  • Sources:

    NatCAB 52:559; NYTimes (10 Nov. 1964) 47; Texas Outlook 37 (Mar. 1953) 18-9.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.