HOUGHTON, Herbert Pierrepont

HOUGHTON, Herbert Pierrepont. Brooklyn NY 22.1.1880 — Wellesley Hills MA 11.5.1964. U.S. Classical Scholar interested in Sanskrit and Linguistics. Son of Joseph Goodhue H. and Sarah Pierrepont. B.A. 1901 and M.A. 1904 Amherst College. Ph.D. 1907 Johns Hopkins (diss. on Greek), also studied at Princeton. In 1908-15 President of Waynesbury College (PA). In 1918-20 at Carroll College in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He also studied theology, was ordained and in 1920-23 acted as curate at St.Paul’s Church in Milwaukee. In 1923-50 Professor of Classics at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, occasionally also taught Sanskrit. Also a specialist of Basque. Married 1908 Kathleen Bagwell, two daughters.

Publications: Wrote on classics, also on Basque, Georgian, Amhara and Coptic.

On presenting Sanskrit in a small college. 12 p. Northfield Minn. 1927; a couple of review of Sanskrit studies.

An approach to the Avesta. 20 p. Wellesley Hills MA 1963.

Sources: W.W. Briggs Jr, Biogr. Dict. on North American Classicists. Westport CT 1994, 290f.; Carleton College home page: History of Classics Department; worldcat.org; New York Times 13.5.1964.

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