Frederic M. Wheelock

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Frederic Melvin Wheelock
Born(1902-09-19)September 19, 1902
Died(1987-10-29)October 29, 1987
OccupationProfessor of Classics, Florida Presbyterian (now Eckerd) College

Frederic Melvin Wheelock (September 19, 1902 in – October 29, 1987) was an American Latin professor, who is best known for his authorship of Wheelock's Latin.

Early life[edit]

He graduated cum laude from Harvard University in 1925 and later received both M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University.[1] He was the son of Franklin M. and Etta R. (née Goldthwaite) Wheelock.


He taught at Haverford College, Harvard University, the City College of New York, Brooklyn College, Cazenovia Junior College (where he served as dean), the Darrow School for Boys, the University of Toledo, and Florida Presbyterian College.

Personal life[edit]

On August 14, 1937, he married Dororthy Elizabeth Rathbone (1909–1990), daughter of James Colburn Rathbone (1881–1983) and Lillian Ford Reynolds (maiden; 1883 – about 1952). His two children are Martha Ellen Wheelock and Deborah Wheelock Taylor. Ralph Wheelock (1600–1683) was Frederic's paternal 7th great-grandfather.


Some of his works include:

  • Wheelock's Latin[2]
  • Wheelock's Latin Reader
  • Introduction and annotations of Quintilian as Educator (translated by H. E. Butler)


  1. ^ "Dr. Frederic M. Wheelock; Professor, 85." New York Times Published: November 10, 1987
  2. ^ Wheelock, Frederic M. (2011). Wheelock's Latin, 7th Edition. New York: Collins Reference.

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