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Helen Y. Luther

Instructor in Latin at Willamette 1939-1942

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Helen Yeomans Luther was born as Helen Eva Yeomans on June 18, 1909 in Spokane, WA. She earned both her Bachelors and Masters degrees at Stanford University, where she studied Latin and Greek.

After completing her Masters, she married Dr. Chester F. Luther in September 1931. A few years later, they both moved to Salem, OR, where Chester became a math professor at Willamette University and later dean. They had three children, Robert, Norman, and Marilyn.

From 1939-42, Helen served as a Latin Instructor at Willamette. Helen initiated a Classical Club and became its advisor. The 1940 Wallulah year book shows her and her husband reclining at a Roman banquet with several Willamette students.

Helen Yeomans Luther died on June 13, 1997 in Salem, three years after her husband. Willamette University's Helen Yeomans Luther Foreign Language Scholarships are named in her honor.


  • A.B., Stanford University 1930
  • A.M., Stanford University 1931
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