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Name: Blayney, Thomas Lindsey (1874-1971)

Historical Note:

Thomas Lindsey Blaney was born on 3 December 1874in Lebanon, Kentucky.  His father was the Rev. J. McClusky Blayney; his mother was Lucy Weisinger Lindsey.  Blayney graduated from  Centre College in 1894.  He left for Germany the next year to study and prepare for diplomatic service, returning only long enough in 1896 to wed and take back with him Gertrude South.  The Blayneys travelled extensively in Europeand North Africa for the next nine years (he becoming fluent in German, French, Italian, and Spanish). Blayney prepared for his doctorate at the Universityof Heidelbergand was employed as U.S. Vice Consul at Mannheimfrom 1901 to 1904.  He and his wife had three children while in Europe:  Lucy, 1897-1900; J. McClusky ("Mac"), 1901-    ); Edgar Lindsey, 1903-    ).

After returning to the U.S.(with a brief stint as professor of German at his alma mater), in 1905 Lindsey took a professorship at Rice Institute in Texas.  Nine years later he and Gertrude travelled for a year through Europeand the Orient on an Albert Kahn Fellowship.  Blayney returned to Rice and remained there until 1924, with an interruption for service in World War I.

Blayney became president of Texas State Women's College in 1924, whence he remained until he went to Carleton as Professor of German and Dean of the College in 1926.  Gertrude Blayney died in 1945, the year before Lindsey's retirement.  In 1948 Blayney married Ida Walz Kubitz, a professor of German at Carleton.  Blayney was severely injured in an automobile accident in 1957. He never fully recovered his health, and died 13 March 1971.

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