In Memoriam

Scott Harrison Lytle (1918-90)

David H. Pinkney and Thomas J. Pressley | Nov 1, 1990

Scott Harrison Lytle, professor of history emeritus at the University of Washington, died on July 21 in Seattle. He was 71.

Dr. Lytle was born in New York City on October 12, 1918. He attended Princeton University, studying under Joseph Strayer and Robert Palmer; he graduated in 1940 with highest honors in history and won the France-Amerique Prize for his senior thesis on Nature and Grace in Pascal.

He went on to Cornell University, where in 1940 to 1941 he was a member of Carl Becker's last seminar. From 1942 to 1946 he served in the Counter Intelligence Corps of the Army. Returning to Cornell after the war, he completed his doctoral dissertation, Historical Materialism and the Social Myth, under the direction of Edward Whiting Fox in 1948.

Dr. Lytle began his teaching career as an instructor at Princeton in the autumn of 1948. A year later he joined the Department of History, University of Washington, where he remained until his retirement in 1988. In the summer of 1964 he was a visiting professor at Cornell University, and he spent several quarters teaching in the University of Washington's program in Avignon, France.

At the University of Washington he taught undergraduate courses in medieval and modern European history and advanced courses on early modern France and on the French Revolution and Napoleon, as well as directing a number of doctoral dissertations in French history. He published articles on Georges Sorel, Benedetto Croce, and the French Revolution, including a pioneering article on "The Second Sex (September 1793)" in The Journal of Modern History in 1955. From 1966 to 1975 he was the associate editor of French Historical Studies.

David H. Pinkney
Thomas J. Pressley
University of Washington

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