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CASE, Mary Emily

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  • Date of Birth: September 23, 1857
  • Born City: New York
  • Born State/Country: NY
  • Parents: Albert Spencer, druggist, & Jane Huntington C.
  • Date of Death: September 2,1941
  • Death City: Bratenahl
  • Death State/Country: OH
  • Education:

    A.B. Oberlin, 1879; A.M. 1890.

  • Professional Experience:

    Teacher, Perrysburg, OH, 1879-80; Titusville, PA,1880-3; Prof. Latin Wells College (Aurora, NY), 1883-1908.

  • Publications:

    The Love of the World: A Book of Religious Meditation (New York: Century, 1892); “A Neglected Aspect of Roman Character,” PAPA 28 (1897) xx-xxi.  

  • Notes:

    Mary Case’s family moved from New York to Maumee, Ohio, and later to Milan, Ohio, where her father opened a drug store. Case graduated from nearby Oberlin College, the oldest coeducational college in America, having admitted four women in 1837. After graduation she taught at the secondary level before being named professor at the all-women Aurora College, where she stayed for a quarter of a century. She is distinguished by being the first woman to give a talk on a classical subject at an APA meeting (1897). Winifred Warren Wilson (1870-1958) gave a paper later at the same meeting. Case’s paper treated the often undervalued imagination of the Romans which reveals itself in the use of symbols in religious and state rituals and in legal and social usages. Her earlier book, the oft-reprinted The Love of the World, was a book of essays drawn from her personal beliefs.  She wrote, “If to any the word ‘religious’ seem misapplied, the writer can only appeal to her own strong conviction that there is nothing which is not, or may not be, religious, sin only excepted.” She spent her long retirement in travel throughout the world.

  • Sources:

    Sandusky (OH) Register (2 September 1941) 1; Women’s Who’s Who, 166.

  • Author: Ward Briggs