Edward W. Hooper '59.
Edward W. Hooper '59, treasurer of Harvard College from 1876 to 1898, died of pneumonia at McLean Hospital, Waverly, on June 25, after a short illness.
Mr. Hooper was born in Boston in 1840. After graduating from Harvard College he entered the Law School and received its degree in 1861. He then enlisted for the war, serving on the staffs of Generals Saxton and Dix. After the war he returned to Boston. In 1876 he became treasurer of Harvard College, in which office he achieved the success for which he received the degree of LL.D. in 1899. After his retirement he devoted himself to the care of large trust properties. He was one of the original trustees of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and for many years one of the managers of the Suffolk Savings Bank.
John Fiske '63.
John Fiske '63, died at the Hawthorne Inn, East Gloucester, early on the morning of July 4, through exhaustion caused by the intense heat. He had apparently enjoyed his usual robust health until a few days previous to his death.
He was born March 30, 1842, at Hartford, Conn., and was given the name of Edmund Fiske Green. After his father's death he assumed his grandfather's name, John Fiske. He secured his early education from books of science and languages, which he studied with remarkable persistency. He entered Harvard as a sophomore in 1860, graduating with honors in 1863. After his graduation from the Law School, he was admitted to the bar, but a year's work induced him to make literature his profession. He had written widely in college on a great variety of subjects, but as his reading of history gradually excluded other subjects from his attention, he began writing his famous historical works.
History, however, was not his only field for serious work, as he gained his his first renown as a philosophical interpreter and a writer on scientific subjects. Besides his great work on the history of the United States, he gained fame by his "Idea of God," "The Destiny of Man," and "Through Nature to God." His wide reputation was not due to books alone, as he was at one time the most popular American lecturer on serious subjects. In all his work his ability to make everything clear and easy to understand and to enliven the least interesting themes, made him familiar to all classes of people.
His connection with the University was only desultory, owing to his dislike of steady, unvarying lecturing. He was University Librarian from 1872 to 1879, and at different times from then until the present lectured in history for short periods. He was an overseer from 1879 to 1891, and also in 1899. He received the degree of Doctor of Laws from Harvard in 1894, and in the same year that of Doctor of Letters from the University of Pennsylvania.