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Crossett, John M.

  • Personne

1941 Graduated from James Madison High School in Brooklyn, New York

1947 Graduated fro Columbia College, Phi Beta Kappa, with ‘honors and special distinction in English, Latin and Greek, and history

Taught in a high school in Enosberg Falls, Vermont

Went into insurance business as an insurance adjuster.

Accepted to English Department of the graduate program at Harvard University

1954-57 Teaching Fellow, Harvard University.  Doctoral Dissertation on English translation of Homer’s Iliad

1957-58 Taught at Boston University

1958 Received Doctorate from Harvard University

1958-1962 Assistant Professor of English at Hamilton College.  While at Hamilton he prepared a Handbook of Composition, Breviary of English Grammar, used at Grinnell and Cornell Colleges.  He designed books and set type on his own press, The Virgil Press, for his own poetry and that of others.  Principal publications at The Virgil Press included Two Voices, written with his sister, Barbara Crossett Manosh, Adam and Eve Poems, and The Wreath of Seasons, both by John Crossett.

1962-62 Associate Professor of English an Acting Head of the Department of Humanities at Parsons College, Fairfield, Iowa.

1963-70 Associate Professor of Classics at Grinnell College

1970-1981 Professor of Classics at Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, Iowa until his death in 1981.

1977 Founded Hesperis Institute for Humanitistic Studies.  This institute was intended by Crossett to be the foundation of a future college taught on the model of Plato‘s Academy.  Taught at the Hesperis Institute during the summers of 1977-1980.

1979 Received the American Philological Association’s prize for excellence in teaching.  1979 was the first year such an award was given.


(Information for the biographical notes was taken from Arieti, James A. “John M. Crossett: a Memoir,” in Stump, Donald V., et al., eds. Hamartia: The Concept of Error in the Western Tradition. Essays in Honor of John M. Crossett. NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 1983.)

Oelke, William C.

  • Personne
  • 1906-1988

William C. Oelke was born in 1906, graduated from Grinnell College in 1928, received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, and was a member of the Chemistry faculty at Grinnelll College from 1931 until his retirement in 1977. He died in 1988.

Elizabeth Earle Magoun Club

  • 1870-

The Elizabeth Earle Magoun Club, founded in 1870, is the oldest women's club in Grinnell.  First called "Busy Woman's Club", it was renamed in 1896 to honor one of the founders and first president, Elizabeth Magoun.  The bi-weekly meetings are primarily devoted to reading and discussing literature.

Scheve, Edward B.

  • Personne
  • 1865-1924

Edward Benjamin Scheve was born in Herford, Germany in 1865 and came to the United States around 1890, first to Rochester NY and then to Grinnell, IA in 1906. He was a successful composer and served on the music faculty at Grinnell College from 1906 until his death in 1924. In announcing his death, the college alumni publication, Grinnell and You, stated "He was a great teacher, a great organist, and a great composer. He made Grinnell musical, and any future history of the college and the town will number him among the real founders of Grinnell"

Clapp, Harold L.

  • Personne
  • 1909-1961

1909 June 14, born I Jamestown, New York

1928-29 Junior year at University of Nancy, France

1930 BA from Colgate University, Hamilton, New York

1931 Married Laura Rice

1930-32 Instructor in romance languages at Colgate University

1933 MA from University of Wisconsin

1935 Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin

1935-29 Professor of Romance Languages, Lake Erie College, Painesville, Ohio

1939-61 Grinnell College, Modern Language faculty

1941 Summer, Director, American Friends Service Committee, student work project, Mexico

1943-44 Coordinator of Area and Language Unites of the Army specialized Training, Assignment and Reclassification Unit (STAR), and if Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP) at Grinnell College.

1946-47 President, Iowa Foreign Language Association

1947-48 Director, University of Delaware Foreign Study Group in Geneva, Switzerland

1949-50 Summers. Organized and taught French Play School for children

1952-55 Served on National Council of the American Association of University Professors

1953-54 President of the Iowa Conference of the American Association of University Professors.

1956-57 Executive Secretary, Council for Basic Education, Washington D.C.  Editor, Council for Basic Education Bulletin

1959-60 President, Council for Basic Education

1958-60 Chairman of the Faculty, Grinnell College

1960 Summer. Research in France and Switzerland

1961 Appointed to Seth Richards Chair of Modern Languages

1961 Sept. 3. Died of cancer, Grinnell, Iowa

Cook, George Washington

  • Personne
  • 1823 -1883

George Washington Cook (b: January 25, 1823 d: November, 24 1883).

Electa Caroline Cook (b: 1822, d: July 27,1863).

George and Electa had one daughter Ella L. Cook (b: 1860, d: October 11, 1894), who never married and had no children.  Ella may have been born in Grinnell.

George and his second wife Rhoda had only one child, who was named Alfred Bailey Cook (b: March 14, 1873, d: December 14, 1945).

Sarah Elizabeth Cook (b: August 22, 1840, d: August 14, 1921). Sarah never married and had no children.

Collins Cook (b: May, 30 1824, d: October 24, 1886).

Henry W. Cook (b: March 6, 1829, d: October 21, 1879).

George Cook and his immediate family members as well as his son Alfred, daughter-in-law Suzette, and grandson James are buried in the East Cemetery in Meriden, CT.

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