North American Scholar

WHICHER, George Meason

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1860-07-29
  • Born City: Muscatine
  • Born State/Country: IA
  • Parents: Stephen Emerson & Anna Meason W.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1937-11-02
  • Death City: Amherst
  • Death State/Country: MA
  • Married: Lillian Frisbie, 1 Sept. 1887.
  • Education:

    A.B. Iowa (now Grinnell) Coll., 1882; A.M., 1885; Litt.D., 1905; study at Johns Hopkins, 1884-5; A.M. Columbia, 1904; Dr. phil. Padua, 1922.

  • Professional Experience:

    Prof. Gk. & Germ. Hastings (NE) Coll., 1883-8; class, master Lawrenceville (NJ) Sch., 1889-92; prof. Gk. & Lat. Packer Coll. Inst. (Brooklyn), 1892-9; prof. Lat. & Gk. Hunter Coll., 1899-1924; pres. NY Arch. Soc, 1918-21; gen. sec. AIA, 1919-21; officer, Order of the Holy Redeemer (Greece); prof.-in-charge. AAR, 1921-2.

  • Publications:

    Selections from Lhomond's Urbis Romae Viri Inlustres (Boston, 1896); "A Greek Inscription from the Hauran," AJA 10 (1906) 289-94; "On Latin adulare," TAPA 41 (1910) 169-74; On the Tibur Road: A Freshman's Horace, with George Frisbie Whicher (Princeton, 1912); From Muscatine: Verses (Muscatine, IA, 1912); A Half-Century of Song: An Anthology of Hunter Verse (New York, 1924); Roman Pearls and Other Verses (Amherst, MA, 1926); Sonnet Singing (Amherst, MA, 1928); Vergiliana (Amherst, MA, 1931); Amity Street and Other Light-Hearted Verse (Amherst, MA, 1935).

  • Notes:

    Though related by birth to John Greenleaf Whittier, Whicher was a product of the Middle West, who ventured east for graduate study with Gildersleeve and Kirby Flower Smith. He returned to teach in schools and Hunter College, where he served with distinction as head of his department. His chief interest, apart from teaching, was poetry, particularly poetry with classical themes. His most notable production may have been On the Tibur Road, translations and versions from Horace. Vergiliana gives his views on Virgil in a series of fictitious letters to Pliny. He was remembered with affection by colleagues and alumnae in the words of Adelaide Hahn as "one of the whitest souls earth ever bore."

  • Sources:

    E. Adelaide Hahn, CO 15 (1937-8) 27; WhAm 1:1330.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.