John-Traupman-Obituary

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John C. Traupman

Jan 2, 1923 - Feb 18, 2019 (Age 96)

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I struck up a short email friendship with Mr. Traupman in 2005. I couldnt believe that the editor of the Latin Dictionary I had been using for ages was actually exchanging messages with me! I invited him to visit me in Japan where I live- thinking it would be a nice novel experience for him. He shocked me by saying he had already lived in Japan. And, he was on the battleship when the peace treaty was signed! What a life!

Dr. Traupman implanted in my brain a wonder for Greek tragedy that drove me to embark on the study of Greek 24 years after being a student of his at St. Joe's. Due to his influence, I have published papers on Euripides, Cicero, Aristotle and Plato, and a book, "Aristotle's Critique of Political Economy". Today I was explaining to my daughter, also a student of classics, that it was John who launched me into the study of classics. I decided to send him a note, and instead found this...

We always knew John, living next door to his parents and family in Nazareth. John wasn't home often -- being a seminarian, in the Army, overseas, and studying at universities. However, I met John again in 1951 when we were at St. Joseph's College in Philadelphia -He as a professor and me as a student. I was a guest at a few house dinners. We separated again for many years. When I retired in the Poconos, John visited us and presented me with an autographed Latin dictionary. It is a...

Sir,
I did not know you personally, however I would very much like to "Thank You" for your dedicated and honorable Military Service to OUR country.
As a member of the "GREATEST GENERATION", and as a "WORLD WAR II VETERAN"; you Sir are my HERO!
At a later date we will meet in that "SPECIAL PLACE" which GOD reserves for ALL of those who have stepped forward to serve their country in a Military Uniform.
May ALL of GOD'S blessings be...

I never met Dr. Traupman but after reading his life history, he must have been something very special. I think I would enjoy reading one of his books. I am sending sincere sympathies to the family.

Uncle John was always a very pleasant person who came up to Nazareth,Pa to visit his relatives including his sisters Rose and my mom Pauline Einfalt,Brothers Paul+Arnold and mainly his mother Mary. He also played the organ at Holy Family Church for a few years.We will miss him

In loving memory of a wonderful person - Uncle John. We will love you and miss you always. Love, your Traupman nieces and nephews.

I met Dr. Traupman at my very first American Classical League Summer Institute in NY in 2003. I told him how we used HIS dictionary in my 3rd grade class and asked him to sign my copy. My students were so amazed that I met Dr. Traupman in person and we sent him a photo of the class holding our Traupman Latin Dictionaries. Over the years, I had the opportunity to present on a panel with him and was able to introduce a couple my young students to him at a CAAS conference. He was always...

In 1997 he came to agreed to present at the NJCL convention held in Fargo for the first time. He indeed was a class act, a consummate teacher and scholar. This summer Fargo is hosting for the 3rd time; it would have been great to have him there, but hopefully his spirit will be there with us.

Obituaries

John's Obituaries

Dr. John C. Traupman, of Penn Valley / Narberth, PA., a World War II veteran, University Professor, author of translation dictionaries of languages in Latin and German to English, and a prolific author of may Latin related subjects, died on February 18, 2019 at the Bryn Mawr Hospital. He was 96.  His wife Pauline Temmel Traupman, whom he was married to for 70 years, died on December 7, 2018.

Dr. Traupman was born in Nazareth, PA., attended Geneva Seminary in Ohio, and enlisted in the US Army after graduating from high school. Although fluent in German, he was sent to Japan where he became fluent in that language while rising to the rank of Sgt. Major.  After the war he enrolled and graduated from Moravian College with a degree in Latin and the Classics.  He went on to earn a doctorate from Princeton University.  He joined the St. Joseph's College (now University) faculty where he enjoyed a 38 year career as a University professor, the last 30 years as head of the classical department. John was also instrumental in the growth of the Philadelphia Classical Society where he was president for 8 years.  He also found time to teach night school at Villanova University form many years.  He published numerous books and was highly sought after as a public speaker at universities and public events.  He covered subjects such as Roman, Greek, Egyptian history and archaeology.  John received numerous awards and was known world wide for his publications that are still being used in Universities to this day.

He is survived by his sister Rose Yost, his daughter Diane Phillips, grandson Colin Phillips, son-in-law Nick Phillips and many nieces and nephews.  There will be a prvate family gathering in Nazareth, PA.

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