North American Scholar

TEW, Susan Dinsmore

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1871-07-24
  • Born City: Akron
  • Born State/Country: OH
  • Parents: Harvey N. & Susan Dinsmore Goodrich T.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1960-09-02
  • Death City: New Orleans
  • Death State/Country: LA
  • Education:

    B.A. Smith, 1892; Ph.D. Yale, 1895.

  • Professional Experience:

    Tchr. Stanton Coll. (Natchez, MS), 1897-9; Versailles Coll. (KY), 1899-1900; Gambier (OH) HS, 1900-2; prof. Gk. H. Sophie Newcomb Mem. Coll., 1902-38.

  • Dissertation:

    "Notes on the Vocabulary of Aeschylus" (Yale, 1895).

  • Notes:

    Born in Akron, Susan Dinsmore Tew was raised in Jamestown, NY. She joined the staff of Newcomb College under its first president, Brandt V. B. Dixon, when the college was on Washington Avenue. Widely admired as one of the "old school," she was disciplined, authoritative, and scrupulous in the application of rules, whether to the translation of Greek or to the rituals of the Phi Beta Kappa chapter she served as secretary-treasurer for 39 years. At the same time, she had a droll wit, a gentle demeanor, and a kind sympathy to students. From the beginning of her term at Sophie Newcomb until after her retirement, she served on the Committee on Admissions and Advanced Standing. She was able to inspire feats of work from her students; she kept a fragrant, bird-filled garden, and always carried a portion of the Iliad in her purse to read on the New Orleans streetcars as she went to and from the institution to which she gave such long and loyal service. In the words of her colleagues "She gave Newcomb her gilt-edged training, high standards, and personal integrity."

  • Sources:

    Graydon W. Regenos, CJ 57 (1961-2) 143-4; Tulane U. Archives; WomWWA 807; J. Hallett, "Eli's Daughters: Female Classics Graduate Students at Yale, 1892-1941", in R. Wyles and E. Hall (edd.), Women Classical Scholars (Oxford 2016).

    Papers: Special Collections, Hill Memorial Library, Louisiana State University.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.