Francis Phillip Nash

Professor of Latin and Modern Languages
1871-1908

Francis Phillip Nash was born in Florence, Italy, December 5, 1836 to New England parents. He grew up in Italy and received his A.B. degree from Harvard in 1856; A.M., LL.B. from Harvard in 1859. He practiced law in New York City for a dozen years, but the strain of law practice was too much for a constitution that was never robust, and on the advice of his physician he resigned the practice of law.

His thoughts turned toward teaching, and in 1871 he was offered a position at Hobart where he remained as professor of Latin and Modern Languages, except for a short interval, until his retirement in 1908.

The New York Evening Post wrote about him as follows: “A fine classical scholar, Professor Nash was equally at home in modern European languages and literatures, especially in the Roman literatures. He also knew Hungarian, Semitic, and Oriental languages. His knowledge of ancient and modern European history, both religious and political, was extensive and profound.

Professor Nash had also paid considerable attention to chemistry and microscopy, and never lost his interest in the progress of the natural sciences. He was an ardent student and practitioner of music, and given much thought to the fundamental problems of theology and philosophy. In the midst of these manifold scholastic pursuits, Professor Nash never neglected the duties of citizenship. He gave his time unsparingly for the training of the Italians of Geneva in citizenship.

Many Hobart graduates of the past 40 years gratefully remember the precision and breadth of scholarship and the painstaking care with which he directed and inspired them. His cosmopolitan training, his native ability and never-flagging thirst for knowledge made him a man of the world who was also a scholar of the Renaissance type. Nash is described by one former student as “A high-mined Christian gentleman.”

Professor McDaniels wrote about him that “to know him was a liberal education. No student ever spent an hour with him who did not go away enriched and informed.” The faculty and trustees both wrote glowing tributes about Professor Nash, but more importantly so did his former students.

Professor Nash received an L.H.D. from Trinity, Hartford, and an LL.D. from Union. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and for many years secretary of the Hobart chapter. He wrote and had published “Two Satires of Juvenal, With Notes” and was the first to translate the Prayer Book of the American Episcopal Church into Italian. He retired from teaching in 1908 due to frail health and died in Boston on February 5, 1911.


DFA RECIPIENTS

2018

Elena Ciletti

Patrick A. McGuire L.H.D.'12

2017

Jim Crenner

Benjamin Daise

Maureen Flynn P'09, P'12, P'16*

2016

Roger Farrand '49, P'78

Lois F. Nellis '46*

Ann B. Oaks '74, P'84, P'85, P'89

2014

Claudette Kemper Columbus

2013

Nicholas V. D'Angelo P'98

2012

Peter R. Beckman

Leonard Lawson L.H.D. '68*

Tom Millington

John George Van Deusen P'43

2011

Mary Gerhart

Joel Kerlan, P'89

Deborah Tall*

2010

Joseph N. Abraham, L.H.D. '81*

Donald L. Woodrow P'83, GP'15

2008

Valerie C. Saiving

William G. Hosking '47, P'74*

2007

Walter A. Ralls

2006

Valerie Kish

Frank O’Laughlin*

2004

John Loftus P'75, P'76, P'91*

Toni Flores P'94*

2003

Richard Heaton P'86*

Marvin Bram P'91, L.H.D. ’99

2002

Joseph DiGangi

Eugene F. Murphy P'74, L.H.D. '90*

2001

Ralph Bullard*

Kenneth Carle P'82, P'84, P'90

2000

Benjamin P. Atkinson, L.H.D. '86*

Otto Eugene Schoen-René*

John Lydenberg*

Lindsay A. J. Lafford P'65, P'71, L.H.D. '87*

1999

Robert A. Huff*

1998

Theodore Tellefsen Odell '20, Sc. D.'67*

Irving O. Bentsen '54

1997

Charles Delamater Vail '59, L.H.D.'04*

John Archer Silver*

Charles John Rose '76*

Francis Phillip Nash*

Joseph H. McDaniels, LL.D. '11*

1996

Abigail Mosey*

Brooks Otis, L.H.D. '77*

1995

John Muirheid*

Maynard O. Smith P'76

1993

Richard A. Ryan

William Pitt Durfee, LL.D. '22*

Walter Hetherington Durfee '08, Sc.D. '59*

1992

Elon Howard Eaton*

Edward E. Griffith, L.H.D. '88*

1991

Milton Haight Turk, LL.D. '38*

Kathryn Dapp Cook, L.H.D. '84*

1990

Horace Webster*

John Towler*

Hamilton Lanphere Smith, D.Sc. 1900*


* deceased

 

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