Biographical Sketches 507
"Professor C. C. Crittenden was born on October 7, 1872, in
Chesterfield County, Virginia. He received his early education at the
Homestead Academy, graduated at Richmond College in 1892, and
spent one year in postgraduate work at Johns Hopkins in 1894. He
taught school at Churchland, Virginia, from 1892 to 1894; at
Murfreesboro, Tennessee, from 1895 to 1897; at Campbell, Texas,
during 1897 and 1898; and taught in the graded school of Wilson and
Concord, North Carolina, till the fall of 1900, when he was elected to
the chair of Pedagogy in Wake Forest College.
"Professor Crittenden had won a warm place in the heart of nearly
every student in college. His abounding physical vitality, his interest
in athletics, his cordial greetings, his friendly smile, his ready
sympathy for young men, his unfailing kindness and courtesy both in
the classrooms and on the Campus, and his power of adapting himself
to all kinds of persons, and making himself interesting to others, made
him one of the most useful men in the Faculty to the student body....
He was one of the most inspiring teachers one could imagine. He was
always alert, attentive, full of his subject, and was skilful in the art of
questioning his pupils. In his teaching he was intensely practical,
never at a loss for a word, quick, all aglow with enthusiasm that was
magnetic. He seemed to have read everything and to have forgotten
The following is from a sketch written for the Biblical Recorder of
April 29, 1903, by Dr. W. B. Royall:
"Professor C. C. Crittenden in this brief connection of three years
with Wake Forest College had come to be a distinctive force in its life
and work. Placed in charge of a new department, whose creation was
an experiment of doubtful propriety, lie was not slow in discovering
the limitations and possibilities of the situation. With high ideals and
determined purpose, and the energy of a man all alert, he sought the
way of least resistance, and along this pushed the work with widening
track and increasing momentum. The best proof of the ability and
wisdom of the man is the result reached in so short a time; for the
School of Pedagogy at Wake Forest is now a recognized factor in the
educational work of our State.
"In the cause of popular education Professor Crittenden was an
ardent worker. His interest in the schools of the community, white and
colored, was genuine and practical. Only today a prominent colored
man remarked to the writer that he could not help reckoning the death
of Professor Crittenden a personal bereavement, as he thought of the
help and sympathy his people have received from so wise a man.
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