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WALKER, Arthur Tappan

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  • Date of Birth: June 18, 1867
  • Born City: Jersey City
  • Born State/Country: NJ
  • Parents: Alexander J. & Frances Antill Lewis W.
  • Date of Death: September 03, 1948
  • Death City: Lawrence
  • Death State/Country: KS
  • Married: Elizabeth Stone, 14 June 1899.
  • Education:

    B.A. NYU, 1889; M.A. Vanderbilt, 1892; Ph.D. U. Chicago, 1898.

  • Dissertation:

    "The Sequence of Tenses in Latin" (Chicago, 1898); printed (Lawrence, KS, 1899).

  • Professional Experience:

    Prof. Lat. & Gk. Juniata Coll. (PA), 1888-90; tchng. fell. Lat. Vanderbilt, 1890-92; prof. Lat. & Gk. Emory & Henry Coll., 1892-3; fell. Lat. U. Chicago, 1893-4; instr. Lat., 1894-7; prof. Lat. U. Kansas, 1897-1942; dir. summ. sch., 1906-13; pres. CAMWS, 1908-9; mng. ed. CJ, 1909-32.

  • Publications:

    "The Movements of Ariovistus before His Interview with Caesar," CJ 1 (1905-6) 213-20; Bellum Helveticum: A Beginner's Book in Latin by Arthur L. Janes & Paul R. Jenks, with a grammatical appendix by Walker (Chicago, 1906); Caesar's Gallic War (Chicago, 1907); "Caesar or a Substitute?," CJ 7 (1911-2) 234-42; "Sequence or Harmony of Tenses?", CJ 10 (1914-5) 246-51, 291-9; "Facts of Latin Word-Order," CJ 13 (1917-8) 644-57; 14 (1918-9) 404-17; "Where Did Caesar Defeat the Usipites and Tencteri?," CJ 17 (1921-2) 77-86; "Report of the Classical Investigation—A Criticism," CJ 25 (1929-30) 83-92; "Aiming Weapons at the Face—A Sign of Valor," CP 24 (1929) 297-8.

  • Notes:

    Arthur Tappan Walker did much to promote both the energy and independence of classics in the Middle West in the early years of CAMWS, which he helped found, and CJ, which he edited for over 20 years. Significant among his publications are an in-depth critique of the Classical Investigation, and his works on Latin syntax and Caesar. He produced a much-used edition of the Gallic Wars. At Kansas he listed among his former students Tenney Frank. A man of dry wit and warm hospitality, he made significant contributions to the growth of our field and the maintenance of high standards and a multi-faceted and wide-reaching serviceable journal, which today continues many of the traditions begun by Walker.

  • Sources:

    C/44 (1948-9) 307; NYTimes (14 Sept. 1948) 15; Sch. & Soc. 68 (18 Sept. 1948) 185; WhAm 2:552.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.