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our beloved Dean, George Fisk Comfort, the
founder of the College of Fine Arts, who has labored faithfully for the success of Syracuse University, this volume of the Onondagan is respectfully dedicated.
, A. M., L. H. D.
EORGE F. COMFORT, A. M., L. H. D., was born September 20,
1833, at Berkshire, Tompkins county, N. Y. His father, Rev.
Silas Comfort, was a Methodist minister of prominence. Dean Comfort's early education was pursued at St. Charles College, Mo., Wyoming Seminary, Pa., and Cazenovia, N. Y. He afterwards pursued the classical course in Wesleyan University and graduated in 1857.
After graduation he taught the natural sciences in Armenia Seminary and later, besides the sciences, he taught drawing and painting in Fort Plain Seminary. In 1860 he went abroad for the purpose of studying art, philosophy and ästhetics. He traveled extensively in Europe and the Orient. Returning to this country in 1865, he accepted the chair of Modern Languages and Æsthetics in Alleghany College, Meadville, Pa. After three years of successful work he resigned in order to prepare a series of German text-books, which were published by Harper & Brothers. He was one of the founders of the "American Philological Association," and for several years was its secretary. He gave the main address at the founding of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and for three years was a member of the executive committee of the board of trustees.
In 1872 he accepted the chair of Modern Languages and Æsthetics in Syracuse University, and the following year was elected Dean of the College of Fine Arts.
He married, in 1871, Miss Anna Manning, M. D., a learned and intellectual woman. In addition to his German series, his writings include "Art Museums in America,” “Modern Languages in Education," "Æsthetics in Collegiate Education,” “Land Troubles in Ireland," and, aided by Mrs. Comfort, he has written “Woman's Education and Woman's Health.” Dean Comfort is the author of various articles in Reviews, in Johnson's “Cyclopedia,' and in McClintock and Strong's “Cyclopedia of Biblical Literature.” Since 1874 he has edited the Art Department of the “Northern Christian Advocate," and has been a frequent contributor to the weekly and daily press. Dean Comfort has received many honors for wide and profound scholarship, being a member of the Archæological