January 25, 2017
CWRU’s Monuments Men
Theodore Sizer and Lester K. Born, former faculty members, were both members of the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives (MFAA) subcommission during World War II. The work of this commission to protect monuments and other cultural treasures from destruction was highlighted in the 2014 motion picture film, Monuments Men.
Theodore Sizer served as Lecturer in Art at Adelbert College of Western Reserve University (WRU) in the 1924/25 and 1925/26 academic years. He had received the S.B. cum laude in Fine Arts from Harvard University. Sizer also was Curator of Prints and Oriental Art at Cleveland Museum of Art while in Cleveland, beginning that role in 1921. After leaving Cleveland, he became an Associate Professor of Art History at Yale University. While on the Adelbert College faculty Sizer taught An Introduction to the Fine Arts. See his Monuments Men biography.
Lester K. Born
Lester K. Born served as Assistant Professor of Classics at Flora Stone Mather College of Western Reserve University 1930-1934. He received the A.B. in 1925 and the M.A. in 1926 from the University of California. He was also a graduate student in Political Science in 1926/27. He served as Graduate Scholar in Classics at Princeton University 1927-1928, receiving the M.A. in 1928. He earned the Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1929. Before serving on the faculty at WRU, he was Assistant Professor of Classical Languages at Ohio State University for the 1929/30 academic year. Born taught a variety of Latin classes at WRU over his 4 years. These classes included: Introductory Latin Composition; Horace, Odes and Epodes, Catullus and Martial; Intermediate Latin Composition; Cicero, De Senectute, Seneca, Apocolocytosis, Pliny, Selected Letters, Selections from Latin Poetry; Advanced Latin Composition; Roman Private Life; LIvy; Roman Elegiac Poetry; Translation at Sight; and The Teaching of Latin. Born’s faculty colleagues in the Classics Department included Rachel L. Sargent, Clarence Bill, Robert S. Rogers, and Kenneth Scott. See his Monuments Men biography. One of Born's published accounts of his service appeared in The American Archivist, July 1950 issue.
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