North American Scholar

GOODWIN, Charles Jaques

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  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1866-03-13
  • Born City: Farmington
  • Born State/Country: ME
  • Parents: Benjamin & Nancy Lander Durrell G.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1935-09-19
  • Death City: Bethlehem
  • Death State/Country: PA
  • Married: Ellen Converse Blagden, 23 October 1902
  • Education:

    A.B. Bowdoin, 1887; A.M., 1890; Ph.D. Johns Hopkins, 1890; study at U. of Berlin, 1896.

  • Professional Experience:

    Prof. Greek, Cornell Coll., 1890-2; instr. Greek, Wesleyan U. (CT), 1892-5; prof. Greek, St. Stephen's Coll. 1898-9; Prof. Greek & chair of Greek Dept., Lehigh U., 1899-1935. 

  • Dissertation:

    "Apollonius Rhodius: His Figures, Syntax, and Vocabulary" (Johns Hopkins, 1890).

  • Publications:

    The Rose and the Thorn: A Tale from Modern Life (New York & London: Neely Co., 1900); "Three Ancient Autobiographies," CW 17 (1924) 130-6. (Flavius Josephus, Libanius & St. Augustine

  • Notes:

    Charles J. Goodwin was a student of Basil Gildersleeve at Johns Hopkins, upon whose advice he studied for a year in Berlin. After a series of jobs at smaller private colleges, he arrived at Lehigh in 1899. He wrote one novel and one article, describing autobiographical and biographical technique in Flavius Josephus, Libanius, and St. Augustine. Though the college newspaper noted at his death that he was "unknown to perhaps 90 percent of the students of recent years" because of small Greek enrollments, he was, at the time of his death the longest-serving member of the college faculty. He took a special interest in the Faculty Dramatic Club and frequently performed in its productions.

    He is best remembered by classicists for his generosity to the APA, of which he was a member for 44 years. At his death, he left a bequest that totaled $60,000. Following the allotment of $4000 to the Endowment Fund, the remainder was the basis of the Charles J. Goodwin Fund, intended "to be used preferably to assist in the publication of meritorious work in the fields of classical literature and philology." 

  • Sources:

    WhAm 16 (1930-1) 933; "Charles Jacques [sic] Goodwin," Brown & White 43, 1 (1935); "Dr. Goodwin's Will Probated Nov. 25," Brown & White 43,19 (1935).

  • Author: Ward Briggs