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Theodore Lyman Wright

Excerpt from: The Round Table (1926)

     Theodore Lyman Wright, professor of Greek and Fine Arts at Beloit College for 45 years, died at the Beloit hospital at noon Monday, Oct. 4. He was found unconscious in Professor Richardson's room in North College at 7:30 Monday morning. Striken with a stroke while seeking some stereopticon slides in the building, he fell injuring his head at the base of his brain. This injury, doctors in attendance declared was the cause of his subsequent death.

     He was taken to the hospital shortly after being found and never regained consciousness before his death which occurred a little after twelve.

     Prof. Wright's death was a distinct shock to the College. He had just returned from his eighteenth trip abroad and was thought by all to have been in good health, although he was tired from a strenuous summer. This, with his advanced age, is thought by many to have been the cause of his stroke.

     He attended Sunday vesper service at the chapel, leaving at 5:30. After borrowing a key for North College, he went in search of some slides he wished to use for his Fine Arts classes. Shortly after dark lights were noticed in the building but none entered owing to the policy of the college to keep building entrances illuminated at night.

     Students for 7:40 classes found him unconscious, when they entered the building and notified Prof. E.G. Smith and O.J. Stiles, Prof. Wright's brother-in-law, who by this time were searching for him, after his non-appearance at his home on Church Street.

     Prof. Wright was born in Beloit, September 13, 1858. He attended Beloit schools and graduated from Beloit College in 1880.

     In 1884, he recieved his master's degree from Harvard University.

     Following his graduate work, he went abroad and attended the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Greece. He stayed there until 1887.

     Immediately after his graduation from Beloit he remained as a member of the faculty and since that time has been connected with Beloit except periodical leaves of absence.

     He was also one of the leading members of the faculty of the Bureau of University Travel. It has been in this capacity that he has made his repeated trips through Europe every summer.

     It was through Prof. Wright that Beloit was enabled to witness nineteen of the twenty-four Greek plays which have been given here during the last twenty-five or more years. The productions put him in a place of nation-wide prominence. He was known as the director and translaor of many of these and was the author of the Beloit pageant given in 1916.

     He married Miss Jean V. Ingham of Buffalo, N.Y., in March 1909. Mrs. Wright died a little over a year later.

     He is survived by three sisters, Miss Clara Wright and Mrs. Bertha Dixon of Beloit and Mrs. G.H. Wells of Madison. Mrs. O.J. Stiles, another sister, died a few months ago.


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