B.A. Bates Coll., 1907; A.M. U. Missouri, 1914; Ph.D. U. Chicago, 1932.
Lat. tchr. Northfield (MN) Acad.; St. Joseph (MO) HS; Central HS (Minneapolis, MN); Ann Arbor HS; instr. Lat. U. Chicago, 1928-9; asst. prof. to prof. class. U. Iowa, 1929-52; asso. ed. CJ, 1930-3; 1949-52; pres. CAMWS 1947-8.
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Dorrance White, professor of classics at the University of Iowa from 1929 to 1952, was especially known as a teacher of teachers. He taught in three high schools in the Middle West and also at the universities of Michigan and Chicago. Most of his teaching and writing career occurred at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, but after retirement he was a visiting professor at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 1956-7. He continued to teach part time at the University of Iowa until the time of his death. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, he wrote several books and some 50 articles, many on Latin pedagogy. He became well known for his voluminous correspondence, especially including letters printed in the Des Moines Register to support his favorite causes or to criticize the misuse of the English language.His death came suddenly on the Iowa campus, when he was 77 years of age, having had a vigorous retirement. The epitaph placed later on his tomb was chosen from the conclusion of his last known letter and was apt: his rebus dictis, quiesco.