• Date of Birth: January 30, 1891
  • Born City: Salina
  • Born State/Country: KS
  • Parents: John Wesley, a salesman, & Emma Franklin Couse A.
  • Date of Death: February 22, 1920
  • Death City: Abingdon
  • Death State/Country: VA
  • Education:

    Study at Kansas Wesleyan U. (Salina, KS), 1908-12; B.A. Kansas State U., 1912; M.A., 1913; Currier Fellowship, Yale, 1914-16; Ph.D., 1916; study at American School of Classical Studies Rome.

  • Dissertation:

    "Theocritus and his Descendants in the Pastoral Elegy,” (M.A. Thesis, U. Kansas, 1913; repr. n.p., Biblioscholar, 2012); "Repetition of Words in Plautus” (Yale, 1916).

  • Professional Experience:

    Prof. Latin, Greek, & History, Ewing College (Ewing, IL) 1917-19; prof. & chair mathematics, Martha Washington College for Women (Abingdon, VA) 1919-20. 

  • Notes:

    Maelynette Aldrich was descended from the line of George Aldrich who came to America in 1631 and settled in Dorchester and then Braintree, MA. She demonstrated an affinity for learning Latin, Greek, Sanskrit and modern European languages from the age of 15. After two years at a college in her home town she transferred to Kansas State, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. A fellowship saw her through the Ph.D. process at Yale. After travelling America with her mother (Her father died when Aldrich was a baby,), she settled in Ewing, IL, but her promising abilities as a mathematician took her to Martha Washington (now the Martha Washington Inn) in Virginia, where in the following year she succumbed to influenza at the age of 29.

  • Sources:

    Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale University, 1916-20 (New Haven, CT: Yale, 1920) 1598-9.

  • Author: Ward Briggs