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Merle Middleton Odgers

university president.

Merle Middleton Odgers, American university president.


Odgers, Merle Middleton was born on April 21, 1900 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of David and Elizabeth (Ramsay) Odgers.


Bachelor of Arts, Univercity Pennsylvania, 1922, A.M., 1924, Doctor of Philosophy., 1928, Doctor of Letters, 1948. Doctor of Humane Letters, Temple University, 1938. Doctor of Laws, Ursinus College, 1943, Lafayette College, 1958, Bucknell U., 1964.


Instructor Latin. University of Pennsylvania, 1922-1928, assistant professor, 1928-1936, professor, 1936, assistant director admissions, 1926-1933, dean College Liberal Arts for Women, 1933-1936. President Girard College, Philadelphia, 1936-1954. President Bucknell U., 1954-1964, emeritus, 1964-1983.

Director Geisinger Medical Center, 1962.


  • Author: Latin Parens, 1929. Fifteen Hundred Looking On, 1943. Brothers of Girard, 1944.

    Alexander Dallas Bache, 1947. Co-author: Four Talks of Bibliophiles, 1958.


Member General Alumni Society University of Pennsylvania (president 1943-1945). American Legion, Classical Association Atlantic States, American Philological Association, American Association University Professors, Linguistic Society American, Philadelphia Art Alliance, National Education Association, L’Association Guillaume Bude (Paris). Numismatic and Antiquarian Society Philadelphia, Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Kappa Alpha, Phi Delta Kappa, Pi Mu Epsilon, Eta Sigma Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa.

Mason.; Clubs: Rittenhouse (Philadelphia).


Married Frances Bartram Bunting, June 28, 1927. Children: Eleanor Bunting (Mistress.

David Odgers

Elizabeth (Ramsay) Odgers

Frances Bartram Bunting

Eleanor Bunting (Mrs Odgers