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many of his students have taken advanced work in mathematics. Since
the first year of mathematics is a prescribed course for all degrees, it
has been difficult to keep the teaching force sufficiently large to
instruct the students registered for the courses. In 1920 the Trustees
appointed Mr. James G. Carroll, a graduate of the College in the class
of 1908, as assistant professor, and a year later advanced him to the
rank of associate professor, which he still retains. In 1922 Mr. F. G.
Dillman, a graduate of the West Point Military Academy, was added
as assistant professor; he resigned in 1926. He was chosen to give
instruction in the pre-engineering courses, which until the death of
Professor Lanneau in March, 1921, had been taught in the department
of Applied Mathematics and Astronomy.
The School of Applied Mathematics and
had been
under the charge of Professor John F. Lanneau since his coming to the
College in September, 1890, and as an account of his work as head of
that department has already been given, it need not be repeated here.
Until the creation of the department of Physics in 1899 he had taught
that subject also, but afterwards the courses, Land Surveying,
Mechanical Drawing, Descriptive Geometry and Astronomy. These
subjects he continued to teach with undiminished interest until his
death at the age of eighty-five, March 5, 1921. Thereafter the
department was merged with that of
This department had several names; 1885-86, a part of the School of Physical
Science; 1886-87-1891-92, Physics and Applied Mathematics; 189293-1898-99,
Physics, Applied Mathematics, and Astronomy; 1899-1900-1920-21, Applied
Mathematics and Astronomy.
The following sketch of Professor Lanneau was prepared by President W. L.
Poteat for the Journal of the Elisha Mitchell Scientific Society: A long and variously
distinguished career came to a close when John Francis Lanneau died in Wake
Forest, March 21, 1921. He was born of Huguenot parentage in Charleston, South
Carolina, February 7, 1836. His father was Charles Henry Lanneau, his mother
Sophia Lanneau. He was graduated from the South Carolina Military Academy in
1856. His teaching career began in 1857, as tutor in mathematics, and from 1858 to
1861 as professor of physics and chemistry in Furman University, Greenville, S. C.
Then came the Civil War in which he served four years as Captain of Cavalry in
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