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Semitics Chair Gift Accepted by University

Chancellor Samuel P. Capen announces the receipt of a gift from friends of the University of Buffalo for the support of a lectureship in Semitic language and literature in the College of Arts and Sciences. The gift has been accepted by the council of the University and the lectureship established. Dr. Israel Efros has been made the incumbent with the title of professorial lecturer in Semitic language and literature.

“Dr. Efros has an international reputation as a scholar in the fields of medieval Jewish philosophy and literature,” Chancellor Capen states. “He is the author of many books and technical articles, and has published several volumes of poetry in the Hebrew language.”

Among his more important publications are: “The Problem of Space in Jewish Medi#val Philosophy,” “Philosophical Terms and Ideas of Maimonides,” “English-Hebrew Dictionary,” “Logic of Maimonides (published by the American Academy of Jewish Research); “Pre-Tibbonian Philosophy,” and a translation of “Hamlet” into Hebrew.

Born in Ostrog, Volhynia, in 1890, Dr. Efros came to the United States in 1906, at the age of sixteen. He is a graduate of New York University, and holds the degrees of A. M. and Ph. D. from Columbia, where his doctor’s degree was awarded in 1915.

He was formerly Raynor Fellow and lecturer in Philosophy and Semitics at Johns Hopkins University. Before coming to Buffalo in 1928, he was director of Jewish schools in Baltimore. While in Baltimore he also founded the Baltimore Hebrew College and Teachers Training School, of which he became dean.

When called to Buffalo, Dr. Efros became lecturer in Semitics at the University of Buffalo Evening Session.

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