Irving Babbitt '89, professor of French and Comparative Literature, and Dr. Arthur Kingsley Porter, professor of Fine Arts, two of Harvard's most prominent professors, have died during the past summer.
Dr. Porter is believed to have drowned on Saturday, July 8, during a severe thunderstorm which overtook the small sailing craft in which he was cruising off the Irish coast. Several years ago, Dr. Porter bought an estate, Glenveagh Castle, at Gartan, County Donegal. He was sailing to the castle from a small summer bungalow on Inishboflin Island when the storm arose.
Professor Babbitt died on Saturday, July 15, at his Cambridge residence on Kirkland Street, after an illness of nine months. Since 1912, he had been a full professor and had gained much fame from his courses, Comparative Literature 9 and 11, chiefly on the subject of Rousseau and the Romantic Movement. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Dora Drew Babbitt, his son, Edward S. Babbitt, and his daughter Edith, now Mrs. G. F. Howe of Cincinnati.