In Memoriam: John C. Traupman

(Posted, with permission, from Meaningful Funerals)

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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