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Wentz, Kate



  • Existence: April 8, 1886 - August 6, 1938

Biographical Information

E. Kate Wentz was born in Indianapolis April 6, 1866. She attended the public schools in Lafayette and graduated from Lafayette High School. Wentz earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University in 1887 and the Master of Science in 1890. While working on her Masters at Purdue and for a few years after finishing her degree, Wentz served as an instructor in mathematics (1888-1893). At Purdue, Wentz was a friend and colleague of George Ade. Wentz earned an additional Masters of Science from Cornell University (1894).

When the Emmerich Manual Training High School opened in 1895 in Indianapolis, Wentz was hired to teach mathematics. When the mathematics department was fuly organized in 1904, she was named its head and held that position until her retirement in 1931.

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."

Apart from her teaching activities, Wentz was also a member of numerous teachers' and science societies and associations. She also served as the president and vice-president of the Purdue Alumni Association in Indianapolis for several years. Wentz passed away in Indianapolis in 1938 at the age of 72.


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

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Kate Wentz collection

 Collection — Box: Communal Collections 13, Placement: 11
Identifier: MSA 237
Scope and Contents Includes a clipping of Wentz's obituary.
Dates: 1938