North American Scholar

STEARNS, John Barker

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1894-02-13
  • Born City: Norway
  • Born State/Country: ME
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1973-07-14
  • Death City: Hanover
  • Death State/Country: NH
  • Married: Elsie Huntting Thrall, 8 July1922.
  • Education:

    A.B. Dartmouth, 1916; A.M. Princeton, 1917; Ph.D. 1922.

  • Professional Experience:

    Asst. prof, class. Alfred U., 1919-20; instr. class. Princeton, 1920-3; asst. prof. Rom. civ. Yale, 1924-7; asst. prof, to prof, class, lit. Dartmouth, 1927-61; Daniel Webster prof. Lat. 1961; trustee, pres. Howe Lib., Hanover, NH.

  • Dissertation:

    "Studies of the Dream as a Technical Device in Latin Epic and Drama" (Princeton, 1924); printed (Lancaster, PA, 1927).

  • Publications:

    "Epicurus and Lucretius on Love," CJ 31 (1935-6) 343-51; The Assyrian Reliefs at Dartmouth, with Donald P. Hansen (Hanover, NH, 1953); Byzantine Gold Coins from the Dartmouth Collection, with Vernon Hall, Jr. (Hanover, NH, 1953).

  • Notes:

    John B. Stearns was full professor of classics at Dartmouth for 30 years and was appointed Daniel Webster Professor in the year he retired. His service to our profession came principally in the classroom, where he taught all levels of Latin to several generations of Dartmouth students. He was also a leading citizen of his community, devoting his energies to service as town moderator as well as on the town's Board of Education, Town Planning Board, and Improvement Society. For his work as translator in World War I, he received the Croix de Guerre. Following the 50th anniversary of his Dartmouth class, he edited the class newsletter. His retirement was devoted to the pursuit of his outdoor hobbies, namely gardening, skiing, and hiking.

  • Sources:

    NatCAB 58:516-7.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.