Buried: Cove Cemetery, Hadlyme, New London County, Connecticut, USA
Edith Hamilton was a German-American educator and author who was recognized as the greatest woman Classicist. She was 62 years old when The Greek Way, her first book, was published in 1930. It was instantly successful, and is the earliest expression of her belief in "the calm lucidity of the Greek mind" and "that the great thinkers of Athens were unsurpassed in their mastery of truth and enlightenment". Hamilton dedicated the book to her companion of over 60 years, Doris Fielding Reid. Doris Fielding Reid was a stockbroker and former student of Hamilton’s. She was the daughter of Harry Fielding Reid (18 May, 1859 – June 18, 1944), an American geophysicist, notable for his contributions to seismology, particularly his theory of elastic rebound that related faults to earthquakes. After Hamilton’s retirement, they lived together, Hamilton at home helping rising Reid’s nephew, Francis Dorian Fielding, who came to live with them. After her death, in 1963, Reid published the book Edith Hamilton: An Intimate Portrait. Doris died 10 years later in Lenox Hill, New York.
Together from (before) 1903 to 1963: 60 years.
Edith Hamilton (August 12, 1867 - May 31, 1963)
Doris Fielding Reid (September 4, 1895 - January 16, 1973)
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“Shortly after we reached Washington we bought a small house at 2448 Massachusetts Avenue, the back of which faced Rock Creek Park. Looking out of our windows one would not suppose there was a house within miles. We had a small garden we filled with azaleas, and in the front, on Massachusetts Avenue, was a particularly lovely cherry tree. Edith of course had her dog and her cat.” “Edith Hamilton an Intimate Portrait,” Doris Fielding Reid, 1967
Address: 2448 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA (38.91435, -77.05439)
Type: Private property
National Register of Historic Places: Massachusetts Avenue Historic District (Both sides of Massachusetts Ave. between 17th St. and Observatory Circle, NW), 74002166, 1974
For the last 20 years of her life, classical scholar Edith Hamilton lived at 2448 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., which is near Rock Creek Park.
Note: at Washington National Cathedral (3101 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016), are buried Helen Keller (1880-1968) and her long-time companion, Anne Sullivan (1866-1936) who preceded her in death.
Who: Edith Hamilton (August 12, 1867 – May 31, 1963) and Dorothy "Doris" Fielding Reid (September 4, 1895 – January 16, 1973)
Edith Hamilton was a German-American educator and author who was "recognized as the greatest woman Classicist.” She was sixty-two years old when “The Greek Way,” her first book, was published in 1930. It was instantly successful, and is the earliest expression of her belief in "the calm lucidity of the Greek mind" and "that the great thinkers of Athens were unsurpassed in their mastery of truth and enlightenment.” Hamilton’s companion for over 40 years was Dorothy "Doris" Fielding Reid, vice president of the investment firm Loomis Sayles & Company. Hamilton dedicated her first book, “The Greek Way,” to Reid. Doris Fielding Reid was a stockbroker and former student of Hamilton’s, who eventually became her biographer. The two women cohabited in Maine, on Park Avenue in New York City, and finally in Washington, D.C. Together, they raised Reid’s nephew, Dorian. After her death, in 1963, Doris published the book "Edith Hamilton: An Intimate Portrait.” Doris died ten years later in Lenox Hill, New York. They are buried together in twin tombstones at Cove Cemetery (Lyme, CT 06371). With them, in the Hamilton family plot, there is also Margaret and Alice, Edith’s sisters, and Alice’s lifelong friend Clara. Edith’s sister Alice went on to become an integral part of Hull House in Chicago, which offered food, shelter, and education, as a charity on the part of wealthy donors and scholars who volunteered their time. She later became a noted pioneer in industrial medicine and a professor at Northwestern University and Harvard Medical School, where in 1919 she became Harvard's first woman professor. Her younger sister Margaret also studied in Munich for one summer in 1899 with a close colleague and family friend Clara Landsberg. Landsberg was from Rochester, New York, where her father was a Reform rabbi. After graduating from Bryn Mawr, Landsberg also became a part of Hull House and shared a room with Alice. She eventually left Hull House to teach Latin at Bryn Mawr while Edith was headmistress. Alice considered Landsberg part of the Hamilton family: "I could not think of a life in which Clara did not have a great part, she has become part of my life almost as if she were one of us." Margaret later taught English at Bryn Mawr and took over as head of the school when Edith retired.
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