Mediaeval Russian Churches

Mediaeval Russian Churches

Mediaeval Russian Churches

Mediaeval Russian Churches

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The present volume is published by the Mediaeval Academy of America as a tribute to one of the most brilliant and effective men on the roll of its Fellows and officers. Friends and associates will long remember the kindly and positive character of Samuel Hazzard Cross (1891-1946), the quick perception, keen judgment, forthright speech and crackling wit which were his; nor will they forget the unfailing warmth which characterized his intellectual activity and his personal relationships, giving life to both.

As a graduate summa cum laude in the Harvard College Class of 1912 he was admirably prepared for the opportunity which a Sheldon Fellowship gave him for study under great teachers in Graz, Berlin, Freiburg, and St. Petersburg before the War of 1914-1918. This experience greatly broadened his field, which had been classics. He undertook studies in German, Russian, comparative literature, and historiography, which became the theme of his scholarly work in later years, and began to teach after taking his Doctor's degree, in 1916.

His career as a teacher was interrupted by military service in World War I, by his diplomatic service with the Commission to Negotiate Peace (in Paris and in Poland), his years as commercial attaché in Brussels and The Hague, and further by three years in business.

He resumed his teaching shortly after his return to this country in 1925. He came back to Harvard in 1928 and in ten years had become a full professor who, in spite of important administrative duties, was doing work of real importance (which included publications) in the Germanic and Slavic fields. He was by that time embarked on his notable career as a valued and active member of various learned societies . . .

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