|Death: ||Jul. 6, 1901|
First geology professor at University of California; co-founder of Sierra Club; Yosemite's LeConte Memorial Lodge named for him.
Oakland Tribune July 11 1901
Berkley July 11 The funeral of the late Professor Joseph Le Conte took place this afternoon. The ceremonies were held in Hearst Hall. There was a throng in the auditorium of mourning. Grief was depicted on every face. Every person present felt in the loss, which the University had experienced in the death of the Professor that he himself had sustained a personal bereavement. There was no thought of the future or who was replacing the position of the dead man.
It was simply reflection of the past, the achievements and, goodness of the man, which occupied every mind. There were thousands in the throng. They came from all parts of the State. In the social and professional scale they ranged from the struggling sophomore who is working his way through the University to the graduate who has attained to wealth and distinction in his chosen calling. No greater tribute could be imagined than the presence of this miscellaneous gathering. As if in appreciation of the ability of the admirer and confrere to do justice to the character and work of the dead man, eloquent tongues were silent. Ideas, which struggled for the mastery, could not be given adequate expression.
There, was an eloquence in silence, which had never been so appreciated before by even those who know how eloquent silence may often be. The demise was painful, the parting inconsolable. Such a solemn occasion has never taken place in the history of the University—in the history of the State. It will long be cherished by those who took part in it, and especially by those who like to improve the present with reminiscences in the past.
The men and the women too who came to mourn first assembled at the late home of the deceased, 2737 Bancroft Way. Thither the remains of the Professor had been borne yesterday.
Within the home, welcome as they, would have been by those who loved the deceased, no one save a family connection amid those in charge of the obsequies entered.
The family, aged widow and grieving daughter were left alone to mourn in privacy over their dead.
The mourning was peculiarly poignant because the son of the deceased was absent, toiling among the fastness of the Sierras unacquainted with the irreparable bereavement, which he had sustained.
There was no formality in the cortege. The remains were borne from the home, with the casket being covered with roses.
The pall-bearers represented every, part of the great University family as follows: William R. Davis and Charles Wheeler for the alumni, Charles W. Slack and J. B. Reinstein for the regents, Professors A. C. Lawson and W. E. Hitter from Le Conte's own department, Professors Martin Kellogg, Eugene W. Hilgard, George Davidson and Fred G. Hesse, as contemporary faculty fellows of the deceased, and Charles E., Fryer and John M. Eshelmand of the student body.
Professors, graduates, male and female, grown men and women, the University people being signalized by the traditional cap and gown, formed in line and followed the hearse it slowly proceeded toward Heart Hall.
The interior of the structure was open to the community a. few seats only being reserved for the family of the deceased.
Around the bier, was a wealth of floral garniture well nigh indescribable.
The florist designer's originality had been-taxed, to the uttermost. It was the language of flowers aching hearts to a man who was a keen admirer of the flowers.
The delegations of faculty, regents, alumni and students were massed on the platform behind the officiants and the casket was laid on the projection of tile platform.
There were a few vocal numbers sung by the Loring quartet. The funeral services were conducted by Bishop Nichols of the Episcopal Church, assisted by Rev. Dr. Swan of St. Mark's Church. There was no eulogy, simply the reading of the expressive burial service of The Episcopal Church, which was soulfully, almost tearfully rendered by the officiating clergyman.
The remains were then borne from the place. The throng followed down Bancroft way to Dwight way. The cortege then continued to Mountain View Cemetery where the remains were interred in the family plot. The Mourners dispensed and Professor Le Conte had become a memory.
According to further research he died while on a trip with his daughter to his beloved Yosemite On July 6 1901
Emma Florence LeConte Furman (1847 - 1932)*
Caroline Eatton LeConte (1863 - 1945)*
Mountain View Cemetery
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Record added: Jun 02, 2004
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