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Name: Wentz, Kate (1866-1938)

Historical Note:

E. Kate Wentz was born in Indianapolis April 6, 1866. She attended the public schools here and was graduated from Lafayette High School. She received the Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University in 1887 and the Master of Science in 1890. She taught at Purdue University in 1888 to 1890, and studied at Cornell University. She was a friend of George Ade, the humorist.

When the mathematics department at Manual Training High School in Indianapolis was organized in 1904 she was named its head and held that position until her retirement. She was a member of teachers' and science societies and associations.

These quotes were noted, upon her death, "Miss Wentz was an outstanding teacher, with an unusual ability to inspire boys," said E. H. Kemper McComb, principal of Manual.

Edward A. Gardner, an organizer of the Roines Club, while a pupil under Miss Wentz, described her as "without a doubt one of the most beloved and remarkable teachers in the city."

Sources: "Kate Wentz, 72, Teacher, Dies," Indianapolis Sunday Star, August 7, 1938, p. 10.

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