Entries drawn from the college history encyclopedia

George J. Allan, c.1975

Born in 1935, George Allan was educated at Grinnell College, where he received his bachelor's degree in 1957. He went on to earn his master's degree in systematic theology at the Union Theological Seminary and was then awarded a Ph.D. in philosophy at Yale.

Allan joined the Dickinson...

College Relationship: Faculty, Honorary Degree, President
Portrait of William Henry Allen

William Henry Allen was born in Readfield, Maine on March 27, 1808 to Jonathan and Thankful Allen. To prepare for college, Allen attended the Maine Wesleyan Seminary before entering Bowdoin College in 1829. Upon graduation four years later, Allen took a job teaching Latin and Greek in the Oneida...

College Relationship: Faculty, President, Trustee
Merle Frederick Allshouse (1935- )

Merle Allshouse was born on April 26,1935 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from DePauw University of Indiana in 1957. In 1959, Allshouse earned his master's degree in philosophical theology, and seven years later received his doctorate from Yale.

In 1963, Allshouse joined the...

College Relationship: Faculty

Benjamin Arbogast was born on November 13, 1825 in Pocahontas, Virginia the youngest of the nine children of farmers Benjamin and Francis Ann Mullins Arbogast. He had early schooling locally but then worked his family's land and served as a local constable. For whatever reason, he determined...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Faculty
Year: Class of 1854
Frank Ayres, Jr., c.1930

Frank Ayres, Jr. was born on December 10, 1901 in Rock Hall, Maryland. He earned his bachelor of science degree from Washington College, Maryland and his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Chicago.

He taught from 1921-24 at Ogden College and another four years at Texas A...

College Relationship: Faculty
Spencer Fullerton Baird, c.1880

Spencer Fullerton Baird was born in Reading, Pennsylvania on February 3, 1823 to Samuel Baird and Lydia McFunn Biddle, the third of seven children. The family relocated to Carlisle, Pennsylvania following the death of Baird's father from cholera in 1833. Baird entered Dickinson College as a...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Faculty, Honorary Degree
Year: Class of 1840
Eric W. Barnes, c.1950

Eric Wollencott Barnes was born in 1907 in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he grew up and attended school. He enrolled in the University of California Los Angeles in 1925, remaining there for only one year. Barnes then went to study abroad in France at L’Ecole des Sciences Politiques where he...

College Relationship: Faculty

Claudius Berard was born in France in the port city of Bordeaux on November 21, 1786. Of a relatively wealthy family, he received a classical education and when his conscription order came to enter the Napoleonic armies his father purchased for him a substitute. This substitute was later killed...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Faculty
Year: Class of 1812
Shadrach Laycock Bowman

Shadrach Bowman was born on May 2, 1829 in Berwick, Pennsylvania. He attended the Dickinson Seminary in Williamsport, Pennsylvania before entering Dickinson College in 1853. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Union Philosophical Society. Bowman graduated with the class of 1855, and...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Faculty, Trustee
Year: Class of 1855
Josephine Brunyate Meredith, c.1940

Josephine Brunyate was born on April 14, 1879, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, the daughter of a prominent clergyman, Edwin Richard Brunyate and his wife Eliza. Home tutored first, she attended the State Model School in Trenton, New Jersey and then entered Dickinson College in Carlisle,...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Faculty, Honorary Degree
Year: Class of 1901
Merritt Caldwell

Merritt Caldwell was born on November 29, 1806 to William and Nancy Caldwell of Oxford, Maine. He attended Bowdoin College and Medical School, graduating in 1828. He received his master’s degree from that institution in 1831. From 1828 until 1834, Caldwell was principal of the Maine Wesleyan...

College Relationship: Faculty
James W. Carson, 1983

James W. Carson was born in Ohio in October, 1925 and graduated from Miami of Ohio in 1949. He remained to earn a M.A. in History in 1951, then served as a reference librarian and taught as an instructor in history there. He left to pursue further graduate work at Syracuse University in 1953,...

College Relationship: Faculty
Clarence J. Carver, c.1935

Clarence Johnson Carver was born in Buckingham, Pennsylvania on May 13, 1884. He attended the Hughesian Free School and later Colorado College for one semester. He later came to Dickinson College where he graduated in 1909. Continuing his education, he completed graduate work at the University...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Faculty
Year: Class of 1909
Charles Dexter Cleveland

Charles Cleveland was born on December 3, 1802 in Salem, Massachusetts. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1827. Three years later, he came to Dickinson College as professor of Greek and Latin. On his own initiative he added history and literature to his classes. From 1830 to 1832, Cleveland...

College Relationship: Faculty, Honorary Degree
Thomas Cooper

Thomas Cooper was born on October 22, 1759 in London. He attended University College, Oxford and though he failed to obtain a degree he was learned in science, medicine, and law. After work at the Inner Temple, he became a barrister in 1787. In England, he was a lawyer, scientist, and...

College Relationship: Faculty
Forrest Eugene Craver, c.1945

Forrest Craver was born September 24, 1875 one of the four children of Frank and Mary Craver, in Scanlin, Pennsylvania He attended Berwick High School, Wyoming Seminary and Dickinson Preparatory School before entering Dickinson College in September 1895. While at Dickinson College, Craver...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Faculty, Honorary Degree
Year: Class of 1899

George Crooks was born on February 3, 1822, the son of George Richard Crooks, Sr. of Philadelphia. He was a member of the class of 1840, and graduated with the highest honors. Crooks served as an itinerant preacher first on the Canton circuit of Illinois in 1841, then on the frontier. He...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Faculty, Honorary Degree
Year: Class of 1840
Portrait of Robert Davidson

Robert Davidson was born in 1750 in Elkton, Maryland. As a young man, he attended the University of Pennsylvania, graduating in 1771. During his time as a student he married a woman named Abigail, and the couple would enjoy more than thirty years together until her death in 1806. In 1772, at the...

College Relationship: Faculty, President
Paul Herbert Doney

Paul Herbert Doney was born in Columbus, Ohio on July 10, 1900. His father was the head of Willamette University, from which Paul graduated in 1920. He took a second A.B. degree from Wesleyan University in Connecticut and then gained a S.T.B. degree from the Boston University School of Theology...

College Relationship: Faculty
Milton W. Eddy, c.1950

Milton Walker Eddy was born in 1884 in India, at Calcutta, to American parents. He graduated from Northwestern University in 1910 and obtained his Ph.D., from the University of Pennsylvania in 1918. He became an instructor in zoology at the Pennsylvania State College in 1910 and was promoted to...

College Relationship: Faculty
Portrait of Robert Emory

Robert Emory was born in 1814 to Bishop John Emory and his wife. The elder Emory had served as president of the Dickinson College Board of Trustees from 1833 to 1835, and is the namesake of both Emory University in Georgia and Emory and Henry College in Virginia. The younger Emory attended...

College Relationship: Faculty, President
Cornelius W. Fink, c.1935

Born on November 10, 1893 in Zanesville, Ohio, Cornelius Fink graduated from Muskingum College in 1914 and worked as a journalist from 1914 to 1919. He became an instructor in social science and Latin at the Dresden High School in Dresden, Ohio in 1920; two years later he took the position of...

College Relationship: Faculty
Amy Fisher, 1895

Amy Fisher was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on December 29, 1872, the child of Daniel and Eva Brightbill Fisher. She attended Carlisle High School and Dickinson Preparatory School before entering Dickinson College in 1891. Graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1895 with her class, she secured a...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Faculty
Year: Class of 1895
William Righter Fisher (1849-1932)

William Righter Fisher was born on June 27, 1849 in Bryn Mawr, Lower Merion County, Pennsylvania. He was educated at Hasting's Academy in Philadelphia and in 1867, he entered Dickinson College and he received his bachelor of arts degree three years later. Upon graduation, he taught natural...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Faculty
Year: Class of 1870
Lydia Marian Gooding (1890-1982)

Lydia Gooding was born on December 27, 1890, the second daughter of William Lambert Gooding, Dickinson class of 1874, and Kathleen Moore Gooding, a native of Wyoming, Delaware. Lydia graduated from Dickinson College in 1910, her father having been employed there as professor of philosophy and...

College Relationship: Alumnus/Alumna, Faculty
Year: Class of 1910


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