The Encyclopedia Americana (1920)/Fay, Charles Ernest

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FAY, Charles Ernest, American educator and alpinist: b. Roxbury, Mass., 10 March 1846. He was graduated from Tufts College in 1868 and has been professor of modern languages there since 1871. A founder of the Modern Language Association of America and of the New England Modern Language Association, also of the New England Association of Colleges and Preparatory Schools (1885) of which he was president 1888-89. In American mountaineering he has held a prominent place, taking part in the founding of the Appalachian Mountain Club (1876) and the American Alpine Club (1902), both of which he has served as president. He has also edited their publications Appalachia and Alpina Americana, furnishing numerous articles for the former and richly illustrated monograph ‘The Rocky Mountains of Canada’ for the latter. He counts among the pioneers in the exploration of the Alpine regions of the Dominion. His activity in these fields has been recognized abroad by his election as an honorary member of the English, Italian and Canadian Alpine Clubs. He is a frequent lecturer on literary and geographical subjects.