RALPH EUGENE ROOT, born 18-Jul-1879 in Trenton, Grundy County, MO;
son of Lewis F. ROOT
born 1852 & Sarah
E. POLLOCK born 1854;
died 23-Sep-1961 in Franklin, NH, near his summer home in Sanbornton, NH;
buried 28-Sep-1961 in Glen Haven Cemetery, Glen Burnie, MD.
Biographical & Historical Notes
Married 28-Dec-1904 in Bunker Hill, IA, to Mary
born 10-Jan-1880 in Finchford, IA, near Cedar Falls;
daughter of Alexander
F. BATCHELLER born 1847 & Mary C. BALLOU
died 10-Oct-1966 in Lexington, MA;
buried with her husband in Glen Haven Cemetery, Glen Burnie,
Children of Ralph & Mary:
- Olive Myrle Root,
born 7-Feb-1906 in Forest City, IA; married 16-Jun-1928
in Annapolis, MD, to Ralph Gibson MEADER, 1 child;
died 5-Mar-1997 at Calef Farm in Sanbornton, NH.
- Lloyd Eugene Root,
born 19-Jan-1909 in Iowa City, IA; married (1) 12-Jun-1936
to Dorothy Wilda KILBOURN, 4 children; married (2) 8-Feb-1981
to Elta Roberts DUGDALE; died 23-Jan-2005 in Portland, OR.
Marian Root, born 29-Nov-1912 in Columbia, MO;
married 15-Sep-1945 in New York, NY, to John Bauman
TUTTLE, 3 children; died 19-Jun-1999 in Reading, MA.
- Ellis Pollock Root,
born 16-Aug-1914 in Annapolis, MD; married 28-Nov-1942
to Lucille GRIFFIN, 2 children; died 18-Mar-1981 in
Moved in 1883 to Plymouth County, IA, with his parents.
Lived on the prairie farm until about 1900. Author of
"A Prairie Pebble",
an unpublished historical novel about pioneer life on the American prairie.
Moved in 1913 to 7 Franklin Street, Annapolis MD; an elder of the Calvary Methodist
Church in State Circle, Annapolis MD, and active in civic
affairs. Purchased seven acres of land and a 1763 farm house
in Sanbornton, NH, in 1946, adjacent to the Calef Hill Farm
purchased in 1938 by his son-in-law, Dr. Ralph G. Meader.
From 1946 through 1961, Dr. and Mrs. Root wintered in Annapolis for
October to March and lived in New Hampshire April through September.
Sc.B., 1905, Morningside College, Sioux City, IA;
M.Sc., 1909, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA;
Ph.D. Mathematics, Summa cum Lauda, 1911, University of
Chicago, Chicago, IL;
Honorary Sc.D., 1942, Morningside College, Sioux City, IA.
Studied under E. H. Moore at the University of Chicago, well known for a
long list of accomplished mathematicians – George Birkhoff, Leonard Dickson,
Oswald Veblen, Theophil Hildebrandt and R. L. Moore.
Author of "Mathematics of Engineering" and
"The Dynamics of Engine and Shaft", well-known
- Biography published in "American Men of Science", 3rd Edition, 1921 and later.
- Mathematics instructor, 1906-1910, University of Iowa
- Mathematics instructor, 1911-1913, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO.
- Professor of Mathematics and Mechanics, 1913-1914, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD.
- First civilian professor of the U.S. Naval Academy Postgraduate School,
started at Annapolis in 1914.
- Senior Professor in the Postgraduate School and Head of the Department of Mathematics
and Mechanics, 1920s-1946.
- Retired from teaching
in 1946, after the end of World War II; named Professor Emeritus, the first teacher
in any of the service schools so named.
- The Engineering and Mathematics building at the current U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in
Monterey, CA, is named Root Hall, a unique honor for a living person and for a civilian.
Dr. and Mrs. Root attended the formal dedication in 1958.
A Century of
Mathematics at the Naval Postgraduate School – Prof. Carlos Borges
"History of Plymouth County",
"Dr. Ralph Eugene Root, professor of
mathematics in the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis,
instructor of that exacting branch in the post-graduate
department of the academy, received excellent training for
the important post he now occupies. He was born in Grundy
county, Missouri, July 18, 1879, and was not yet four years
of age when his parents came to Plymouth county and settled
on a homestead farm in Portland township. He assisted in the
labors of the farm as a lad and completed the grades in the
common schools of that township, supplementing the same by a
term in the high school at Akron, after which he entered
Morningside Academy at Sioux City, from which he was
graduated in 1901. He then entered Morningside College and
was graduated from the scientific course in that institution
in 1905. During the winter of 1905-06 he taught mathematics
and science in the high school at Forest City, and in the
fall of 1906 entered the University of Iowa as an instructor
and post-graduate student in mathematics and physics,
remaining there four years, at the end of which time, in 1909,
the University conferred upon him the degree of Master of
Science. He then entered the University of Chicago as a
fellow in mathematics, taking both mathematics and astronomy,
and in 1911 received from that institution the degree of
Doctor of Philosophy. Thus equipped, Doctor Root accepted a
call to the University of Missouri and after serving for two
years as a member of the faculty of that institution accepted
the call to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, as
instructor of the post-graduate class in mathematics, the
highest course in mathematics taught in that institution, the
position which he still occupies. Doctor Root is a member of
Sigma Xi, the honorary scientific fraternity of the
University of Iowa, and takes a warm interest in the affairs
of the same."
"It was on December 28, 1904, at Storm Lake, this
state, that Dr. Ralph Eugene Root was united
in marriage to Mary K. Batcheller, who was
born in Portland township, this county, daughter of Alexander
F.. and Mary C. (Ballou) Batcheller,
prominent residents of that community, whose last days were
spent at Council Bluffs. [. . .] Mary K. Batcheller
received her schooling in the high school at Hawarden, in the
high school at Larabee and at the Iowa State Normal at Cedar
Falls, after which for six years she taught school in and
around Akron and was thus engaged at the time of her marriage
to Doctor Root. To that union four children have been born, Olive,
Lloyd, Charlotte and Ellis. Doctor
and Mrs. Root are members of the Methodist Episcopal church
and take a proper interest in the affairs of the same."
- Personal knowledge and direct experience; this is my grandfather.
- Family history information collected from living
relatives by Mrs. Olive Root Meader;
- Root family notes compiled by Captain Lloyd E. Root, CEC
USN (Ret.), of Bellevue, WA, for the Root/Meader/Tuttle
reunion, Sanbornton, NH, 1990;
- Root family GEDCOM information retrieved from the Internet, 1998;
- "Descendants of Thomas Roote", MS-Word report
received Jan-2000 from Richard G. Nelson of California;
- "History of Plymouth County", 1917,
Plymouth County, Iowa, pp449-452.
- "American Men of Science", ed. by J. McKeen Cattell & Dean R. Brimhall;
The Science Press, 3rd Edition, 1921.
- "Bulletin of the American Mathematics Society", vol. 53 no. 1; January 1947.