North American Scholar

STOW, Henry Lloyd

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1909-07-31
  • Born City: Park Ridge
  • Born State/Country: IL
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 2006-08-26
  • Death City: Green Hills
  • Death State/Country: TN
  • Married: Hester Harrington, 1937
  • Education:

    A.B. U. of Chicago, 1930; Ph.D., 1936; Ryerson Fellow, ASCSA, 1932-3.

  • Professional Experience:

    Res. asst. U. Chicago, 1933-37; asso. prof. to prof. Greek, u. Oklahoma, 1937-52; cair dept., 1941-52; prof. classical languages & chairman of dept., 1952-66; founding member, Eta Sigma Phi, 1927; exec. Secretary, 1930-32; vis. prof. ASCSA, 1959-60, summer 1966, 1970; pres. CAMWS Southern Section, 1954-56.

  • Dissertation:

    "The Violation of the Dramatic Illusion in the Comedies of Aristophanes" (Chicago, 1936).

  • Publications:
    "Aristophanes' Influence upon Public Opinion," CJ 38 (1942) 83-92.
  • Notes:
    After graduating from the University of Chicago, Stow was a Myerson Fellow at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, where he met his future wife. In his subsequent career, he returned to the American School as teacher three times. Following a successful career building the Classics Department at the University of Oklahoma, Lloyd Stow was brought to Vanderbilt in 1952 to restore its declining Classics program.  Under Stow's stewardship, the department grew from two faculty members to six professors in 1969. He kept study of the languages at the core of the department's offerings, but, under the influence of his Chicago education, he expanded the offerings to include courses in the history and culture of the ancient world. He also hired the department's first archaeologist in 1964.  In the words of a later successor, Barbara Tsakirgis, "It's really his vision of a broader classics department that resulted in what we are today." He was so successful a teacher at Vanderbilt that he won its Sarratt's Cup for Excellence in Teaching three times and following his retirement he led alumni trips to Greece and the Mediterranean. 
  • Sources:

    APA Newsletter (October 2006) 22; DAS 8 (1982) 3: 511; Taylor Holliday, "Janus Rising," Vanderbilt Magazine (Spring 2009); Nuncios 81,1 (Winter 2007) 16. 

  • Author: Ward Briggs