Education: Professor Gildersleeve

Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve died at Baltimore, Jan. 9. He war "America's greatest classical scholar," and one of the world's greatest scholars in any field. He had been Professor of Greek at Johns Hopkins since 1876, but had retired from active service in 1915 because of failing eyesight and hearing. He was 92.

His career was as picturesque as his personality, about which innumerable legends survive. He was always a prodigy. Born at Charleston, S. C., in 1831, he translated Anacreon at 12, graduated from Princeton with high honors at 18. He studied...