Karl Pomeroy Harrington

Karl Pomeroy Harrington

Birth
Somersworth, Strafford County, New Hampshire, USA
Death 14 Nov 1953 (aged 93)
Berkeley, Alameda County, California, USA
Burial Middletown, Middlesex County, Connecticut, USA
Plot Harrington Plot
Memorial ID 63544539 · View Source
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Birthplace of Somersworth was formerly known as Great Falls.

Special Collections and Archives
Olin Library
Wesleyan University
252 Church Street
Middletown, CT 06457 USA
Biographical Note
The following biographical sketch of Karl Pomeroy Harrington is taken from the Memorial Minute presented by Professor Homer E. Woodbridge and adopted by the Faculty, November 24, 1953:
The life of Karl Pomeroy Harrington (June 13, 1861-November 14, 1953) has been closely interwoven with the life of Wesleyan and Middletown. His association with Wesleyan may be said to have begun before he was born: his father, Calvin Sears Harrington, was a graduate of the class of 1852. Shortly after Karl's birth in 1861, Calvin Harrington was became Professor Greek at Wesleyan, and for the next twenty-five years served on the faculty, for two years as Professor of Greek, and then as Professor of Latin. Karl Harrington was educated in the Middletown schools and at Wesleyan, graduating with high honors in the class of 1882. After teaching in Westfield and at Wilbraham, he spent two years in study abroad, in Germany, Greece, and Italy, and returned to Wesleyan in 1889 to serve for two years as Tutor in Latin. Another year of graduate study at Yale was followed by professorships of Latin at the University of North Carolina and the University of Maine. In 1905 he return to Wesleyan as the Robert Rich Professor of the Latin Language and Literature. He occupied this chair, formerly his father's, until he was made Professor Emeritus in 1929.
As a Latinist he was deeply interested in the poets: he published an edition of the elegiac poets (1914) and a volume on Catullus and his influence (1923). He was also a pioneer in making medieval Latin available to American students. His anthology of medieval Latin prose and verse (1925) had been recently reprinted at the time of his death.
Harrington interests were not just in the field of classical studies. He was an accomplished musician, a composer, and a hymnologist, who was at least as well known for his work in music as for his Latin scholarship. He composed one of the most popular modern Christmas carols, and also one of the favorite college comic songs. With Carl F. Price, he edited the first six editions of the Wesleyan Song Book and was the editor of several hymnals. For more than a generation he was organist and choir direct of the First Methodist Church in Middletown.
He was also an outdoor man, an athlete, and a mountaineer. He frequently went out into the White Mountains with the "trail gang" maintained by the Appalachian Mountain Club when they were constructing new stretches of trail. This interest is represented among his writings by his Walks and Climbs in the White Mountain (1926) and his editorial work for many years on the White Mountain Guide.
His civic and social interests in the community were many. He founded the Twentieth Century Club, an organization involved with keeping Middletown accessible by railroad. For many years, he was the secretary and moving force in the Conversational Club, a town-and-gown organization which meets informally for dinners and discussions of papers. He was also active in the Apostles Club, contributing papers on a wide variety of subjects. He maintained an interest in the Mystical Seven and in his own fraternity, Psi Upsilon.


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  • Created by: Janice Tirrell
  • Added: 31 Dec 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 63544539
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Karl Pomeroy Harrington (13 Jun 1860–14 Nov 1953), Find A Grave Memorial no. 63544539, citing Indian Hill Cemetery, Middletown, Middlesex County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by Janice Tirrell (contributor 47068235) .