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Gifford, George Hussey, 1892-1969
George Hussey Gifford (1892-1969), John Wade Professor of Romance Languages, was a member of Tufts University's faculty for thirty-four years and served as chairman of the Department of Romance Languages for twenty-two years.
Gifford was a summa cum laude graduate in three separate academic disciplines at Harvard College in 1913.He was also a Rhodes Scholar. He received his Ph. D. from his alma mater and taught at the United States Naval Academy, the University of Buffalo, and the Sorbonne in Paris before joining the Tufts faculty in 1928. In 1940, he was appointed chairman of the Department of Romance Languages until he retired in 1962.He continued to teach, however, on a part-time basis for three additional years. His sister, Natalie Wyatt, was a member of the Department of Classics for several years. Gifford was the recipient of the Gold Medal for Culture from the Italian government and authored a universally accepted text book on French literature. He was struck and killed by an automobile while walking in Cambridge on December 21, 1969.
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