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FROBERG, Brent Malcolm

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  • Date of Birth: April 8, 1943
  • Born City: Baltimore
  • Born State/Country: MD
  • Parents: Lawrence Oscar & Ruth Louise Lindner, a Latin teacher, F.
  • Date of Death: June 8, 2020
  • Death City: Waco
  • Death State/Country: TX
  • Married: M. Gail Galloway, 1970
  • Education:

    B.A. Indiana U., 1964; M.A., 1965; Ph.D. Ohio State, 1972.

  • Dissertation:

    “Dramatic Excurseses in Thucydides’ History” (Ph.D., Ohio State, 1972).

  • Professional Experience:

    Instr., U. Tennessee, Knoxville, 1968-9; asst. prof., U. South Dakota, 1970-4; asso. prof., 1974-96; lectr., Baylor U., 2001-8; sr. lectr, 2008-20; consultant, National Mythology Exam, National Greek Exam; ed. Nuntius (Eta Sigma Phi), 1978-96; writer, National Greek Exam, ATTIC, level 1, 1998-2000; APA Excellence in Teaching Award, 1994; Ovatio, CAMWS, 1985; exec. sec., Eta Sigma Phi, 1978-96; hon. life trustee.

  • Notes:

    Born in Baltimore, Brent Froberg spent his formative years in Valparaiso, Indiana, which influenced his choice of Indiana University for his undergraduate study. His mother was a Latin teacher who encouraged his study of the classics and Brent returned the favor as an adult by nourishing her Greek studies. Between his underaduate and graduate study he taught for a year at the University of Tennessee before settling in at the University of South Dakota, where he would remain for 26 years. In 2001 he moved from the cold plains to the warmth of Texas, joining the illustrious faculty at Baylor as lecturer and then senior lecturer. Throughout his career he brought his strengths as a teacher at all levels to the public through his erstwhile support of Eta Sigma Phi, which he served as Executive Secretary for nearly 20 years and as editor of its journal, Nuntius.He served on the board of the Vergilian Society and his services to CAMWS gained him an Ovatio in 1985.  His students relished his easy way of communicating complex notions in both his language and mythology classes, while demanding the same clarity and grammatical precision in their work for him. He maintained throughout his career the values and experiences of his schooldays: he played clarinet in his high-school band, the Indiana Marching Band, The Golden Age Band in Vermilion, and the Sioux City Summer Band. A champion of demonstrating knowledge in the pressure of competition, he competed in Academic Bowls as a student and as professor he managed College Bowl teams in South Dakota and Texas, taking the Baylor team to the National Championship competition for the first time.  As an undergraduate he was involved in the Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship and as a faculty member he sponsored a chapter at South Dakota. His hobbies included devotion to the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Times Crossword Puzzle. 

  • Sources:

    Baylor Magazine (September 2004); WhAm 64 (2010) 1564;

  • Author: Ward Briggs