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Professor Charles 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]
Harvard men everywhere mourned their beloved "Copey" today. Professor emeratus Charles Townsend Copeland, author, scholar and student of English and American literature and Cambridge legend to three generations of Harvard students, died yesterday at 92. A native of Calais ME, he graduated from Harvard in 1882. Ten years later he was back at the Cambridge University as a lecturer in English literature. This time he stayed 60 years. An author and anthologist in his own right, his greatest contribution to American letters was the guidance and encouragement he offered young writers. Noted  authors who emerged from his classes in composition included Walter Lippmann, Robert Hillyer, John Mason Broun, Robert Benchley, John Dos Passos, and Conrad Aiken. Brown honored his old toutor with the words: "though the title  pages of books may not mention his name, countless American writers could claim "Copey" as collaborator. His own works include "The Life of Edwin Booth," standard editions of Carlyle, Tennyson, Wordsworth, Byron, Shelley and Keats and the Copeland reader, an anthology of verse and prose, and the Anthology of Translations. To the general public, Copeland was best known for his Christmas readings from Dickens' "Christmas Carol" which were broadcast for a time at Christmas. Although he cheerfully predicted in his annual birthday interviews with newsmen that he would live to be 100, on his 86th birthday he registered a small complaint. "There is nobody left whom I know except perhaps somebody wretched with age." [Lewiston Evening Journal 7/25/1952]
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Also among his students were T.S. Eliot, Robert Sherwood, Brooks Atkinson, Kermit Roosevent, Bernard de Voto, Walter D. Edmonds
---Someone once asked Harvard professor Charles Copeland why he lived on the top floor of Hollis Hall and suggested he move. "No,." Copeland said, "I'll always live on the top floor. It is the only place where God alone is above me" Then after a pause, "He's busy ___But He's quiet." 
---He was married to Lavinia S. Wood

Donald Cameron son of Belle Harvey and Augustus Cameron; in theater work

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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