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Copeland of Harvard dead at 92. Professor
emeratus Charles Townsend Copeland, author, scholar, and student of
English and American literature and a Cambridge legend to three
generations of Harvard students, died Thursday at 92. He graduated
from Harvard in 1882. Ten years later he returned as a lecturer in
English literature and remained 60 years. His greatest contribution to
American letters was the guidance and encouragement he offered young
writers. Noted authors who emerged from his classes included Walter
Lippmann, Robert Hillyer, John Mason Broun, Robert Benchley, John Dos
Passos, and Conrad Aiken. [Milwaukee Journal 7/25/1952]
Dr. Harriet Elizabeth Riggs, Funeral services will be held Saturday for Dr. Riggs, 101 year old retired school teacher, doctor and supervisor of education. Dr. Riggs died Saturday at her home, 418 T St. NW. Episcopal rites will be conducted at her home. Internment will be in Calais ME. Dr. Riggs was born in Calais, the daughter of a Canadian shoemaker who settled there before the Civil War. Graduating from Calais Academy, she was a classmate of Charles T. Copeland of Harvard fame. She taught in Huntsville AL and Loudon Co. VA, before coming to the DC public schools. She taught English at M St. High School and Dunbar High School, retiring in 1922. During her service of 40 years, she was head of the departments of English and History and a member of the board of examiners for the colored schools. In 1901 Dr. Riggs was graduated from Howard University Medical School, winning the alumni prize in medicine. She continued to teach, however, and never practices medicine. Since her retirement she lived quietly in her home. She is survived by a nephew, Thomas D. Rucker, of Boston MA. [The Washington Afro-American 9/11/1956]
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