North American Scholar

TORRANCE, Catherine

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1869-02-15
  • Born City: Charlestown
  • Born State/Country: IN
  • Parents: Rev. William & Frances Chamberlin T.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1958-10-19
  • Death City: Decatur
  • Death State/Country: GA
  • Education:

    Study at Franklin Coll.; Hanover Coll ; B.A. U. Chicago, 1899; M.A., 1913; Ph.D., 1926.

  • Professional Experience:

    Class, tchr. Stanton Coll. (Natchez, MS), 1899-1903; princ. Potter Coll. (Bowling Green, KY), 1903-9; co-princ. Agnes Scott Acad., 1909-13; prof. Gk. & head dept. Agnes Scott Coll., 1913-43.

  • Dissertation:

    "The Names of Warriors in Vergil's Aeneid vii-xii: His Sources and His Methods" (Chicago, 1927).

  • Notes:

    Catherine Torrance devoted herself to teaching in private colleges in the South, at Natchez, MI, Bowling Green, KY, and Decatur, GA. At Agnes Scott she took an active interest in the teaching of Latin in Georgia schools and regularly attended CAMWS meetings. She lived in Decatur with her sister Mary, a librarian at Emory, and the two memorably entertained faculty and students in her home.

  • Sources:

    American Women 914; Atlanta Constitution (28 Oct. 1958); Agnes Scott Archives.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.