Leah Rachel Clara Yoffie

Leah Rachel Clara Yoffie

Death 9 May 1956 (aged 72–73)
Clearwater, Pinellas County, Florida, USA
Burial Ladue, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA
Plot Section 11A, Row 9
Memorial ID 6904710 · View Source
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May 9, 1956
© St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Scholar-Poet Published Articles on Folklore After Retirement

Miss Leah R. C. Yoffie, scholar, poet and Soldan High School English teacher from 1915 to 1931 died Friday of a heart attack in Clearwater, Florida where she had lived since last May, friends here learned today. She was 73 years old.

Miss Yoffie, who earned her doctor of philosophy degree from the University of North Carolina when past 50 years of age, taught English at Washington University both before and after her work at Soldan High School. From 1944 to 1949 she was professor of English and political science at Cottey College, Nevada, Missouri.

She was born in a region of the Caucusas mountains now part of the Soviet Union and came to this country at the age of 8. She made 6 trips to Europe and Palestine and frequently spoke in public on her views of European affairs and Zionism. In the early 1920's she helped organize the first course in civics for the St. Louis public school system.

Dr. Yoffie's sonnets appeared in national magazines such as The Nation, Contemporary Verse, and Kaleidoscope. In 1926 her collected poems were published in St. Louis under the title, "Dark Altar Stairs". The book was well received by reviewers.

Her scholarly writings, which appeared in several learned journals, concerned Milton, Shakespeare, Chaucer, The Bible, and world-wide folklore in which she developed a lifelong interest when teaching English for foreigners at night while working her way through Washington University in St. Louis, MO.

In retirement she returned to folklore and published 20 original articles on the subject. Her study stemmed from her undergraduate days when she was surprised to find many shared elements in the stories told to people in widely separate regions.

After graduation from Washington University she earned her master of arts degree in political science from the University of Pennsylvania. During her teaching and writing career here she took a vigorous part in public meetings in both her fields, not hesitating to draw herself up full 4 foot-10 inches to straighten out a speaker with whom she differed, always for good reason.

There were no immediate survivors. The body will be brought to St. Louis for burial, with services at Berger Memorial, 4715 McPherson. Burial is scheduled for Beth Hamedrosh Hagodol Cemetery, Ladue, Missouri. END

Father: Abraham Yoffie

The 1922 passport application on Ancestry.com listed Leah's full name (in her hand) and the name of her father.


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