The Reverend Thomas Gilbert Valpey


The Reverend Thomas Gilbert Valpey was a teacher of Greek at St. Paul’s School from 1860-1868, and then again from 1875-1890. Arthur Stanwood Pier’s St. Paul’s School 1855 -1934 (pg. 198) relates that Valpey gained a reputation among the students for being a thorough taskmaster.  He would give his students only a few seconds to recite a Greek declension, timing them with his watch.  He also had a habit of mumbling into his beard – described by Pier as “undoubtedly the most extensive beard that has ever been seen within the precincts of the school.”

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Kimball, Willis G. C. "The Reverend Thomas Gilbert Valpey." St. Paul's School. Ohrstrom Library Digital Archives. Web. 27 Jan. 2021.