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Fred S. Dunham
LSA Minutes

1881 - 1979

Fred S. Dunham, Associate Professor Emeritus of Latin died on April 22, 1979 at the age of 97. Born at Bennetsburgh, New York in 1881 Professor Dunham attended Brockport State Normal School for three years, then received his B.A. (1906) and M.A. (1907) degrees from The University of Michigan. After further graduate work at Western Reserve and Columbia Universities, and twenty years as a teacher of Latin in the Cleveland high schools, he returned to the University of Michigan as Assistant Professor of Latin and the Teaching of Latin, and Head of the Latin Department of University High School, holding joint appointments in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts and in the School of Education. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1940. For ten years he was secretary of the faculty, and held offices in the Classical Association of the Middle West and South, and was active in the Michigan Schoolmasters' Club as well as several other professional associations. He was the author of two textbooks of Latin and over 35 articles dealing with Latin and the teaching of Latin especially in the high schools. He retired from the University in 1951.

In 1908 Professor Dunham married Elizabeth Reed, a graduate of the University of Michigan and a teacher of Greek. Their 50th anniversary was celebrated in Sweden and Denmark, and their 60th anniversary was marked by a gala and well-attended celebration at the Ann Arbor Congregational Church. Mrs. Dunham died in 1973.

He was in indefatigable reader, and even in his later years when his eyesight began to fail he maintained an impressive reading schedule by means of books recorded for the blind. He was a gracious host and loved to entertain visitors with reminiscences of his 46 years of teaching, and his no less active 28 years of retirement.

H. D. Cameron