Sunday, November 23, 2008

Carr W. Pritchett

The October 2008 issue of the Missouri Historical Review includes an article, "Carr W. Pritchett and the Civil War Era in Glasgow and Fayette," by Lawrence O. Christensen.

Pritchett attended St. Charles College and later taught at Pleasant Hill Academy (Howard County, MO), Danville Academy (Montgomery County, MO), Howard High School in Fayette, MO (later, Howard College and Howard-Payne Junior College, before merging with Central College, now Central Methodist University), and Pritchett Institute in Glasgow, MO.

Pritchett had an active interest in astronomy, constructing and directing the Morrison Observatory in Glasgow and became a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society in England.

One of Carr Pritchett's children, Henry S. Pritchett, studied and taught at Pritchett College and Washington University (St. Louis). He later served as Superintendent of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, president of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and later, president of the Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching.