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Frederic Stanley Dunn

Professor of Greek and Latin at Willamette 1895-1898

Headshot of Frederic Stanley Dunn


Frederic Dunn (1872 - Jan. 7, 1937) was born in Eugene, Oregon. He received his education at the University of Oregon and Harvard University.

Between 1895 and 1898, he served as Professor of Greek and Latin and Secretary of the Faculty at Willamette University. During this time, he organized a Classical Club, a Faculty Lecture Course, and was President of the local Epsworth League, the youth organization of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

In 1898, he moved to the University of Oregon, where he was professor of Latin and head of the Latin Department until his retirement in 1935. There, he also began to publish a series of articles, mostly on coins and on Julius Caesar. In 1912, Prof. Dunn was elected President of the largest regional Classics association, the Classical Association of the Midwest and South (CAMWS).

In Eugene, Prof. Dunn joined the Masons and the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. In 2016, the final report of a historians' commission charged by the University of Oregon president to investigate Dunn's life concluded that he also led the virulently anti-Catholic activities of Eugene's chapter of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s. Based on this report, the University of Oregon's Board of Trustees decided to remove Dunn's name from one of the university's residence halls.


  • A.B., University of Oregon 1892
  • A.B., Harvard University 1894
  • A.M. University of Oregon 1898
  • A.M. Harvard University 1903


• "Translations of Horace, Odes 1.38." Univ. of Oregon Monthly Nov. 1904.

• "The Helvetian Quartet: Orgetorix, Nammeius, Verucloetius, Divico." Classical Weekly 2 (1909) 178-81, 186-88, 194-95.

• "A Study in Roman Coins of the Empire." University of Oregon Bulletin. N.S. 7.3 (1909) (23 p.),
reprinted in Records of the Past 9.1 (1910) 31-52 and
The Numismatist
29.5 (1916) 201-206; 29.6 (1916) 253-258; 29.7 (1916) 301-306.

• "The First Steps in the Deification of Julius Caesar." TAPhA 40 (1909) 27-28.

• "The Julian Star." Classical Weekly3 (1910) 87; repr. in Popular Astronomy 18 (1910) 164-165.

• "The Historical Novel in the Classroom." Classical Journal 6.7 (Apr. 1911) 296-304.

• "Benjamin Franklin Before the Revolution." Annual of the Oregon Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, Nov. 1911.

• "The Last of the Sequani: A Reconstruction." University of Oregon Bulletin. N.S. 9.4 (Dec. 1911) (14 p.)

• "The Coins of Antoninus Pius." Records of the Past 10 (1911) 17-33, 77-91, 213-226.

• "Juvenal as a Humorist." Classical Weekly4.7 (1910) 50-54.

• "By-paths in Caesarian Bibliography." Classical Weekly 9 (1911) 65-70.

• "A Coin of Trajan Decius." Classical Weekly 5 (1912) 130-32.

• "The Betrothed Whom Caesar Rejected." Univ. of Oregon Extension Monitor 1.2 (March 1913) 2-4.

• "Rome, the Unfinished and Unkempt." Classical Weekly 10 (1914) 312-322.

• "Roman superbia on the Imperial Coinage." Numismatist30 (1916) 141-45, 189-92.

• "Julius Caesar in the English Chronicles," The Classical Journal Vol. 14.5 (1919) 290-291.

• "Julius Caesar at the Winter Solstice." Social Science 4 (1929) 48.

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