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Justus Miles Forman


Centurion, 1911–1915

Born 1 November 1875 in Le Roy, New York

Died 7 May 1915 in North Atlantic, At Sea

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Proposed by Ripley Hitchcock and John Ames Mitchell

Elected 6 May 1911 at age thirty-five

Archivist’s Note: He died in the sinking of the RMS Lusitania while en route from Liverpool, England, to New York, the only Centurion to have perished in the catastrophe.

Century Memorial

From law and medicine and finance, we turn to commemorate our losses in letters, art, and education. Justus Miles Forman was born in Genesee County, New York, and graduated from Yale in 1898. Thereupon, having followed art in the Ateliers Julien for several years, he turned to fiction and travel,—in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the islands of the South Pacific. He was the author of innumerable short stories, and at least a dozen novels, including The Garden of Lies, The Stumbling Block, The Blind Spot, and others. He also essayed the drama. He was a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Spending his winters in New York, Forman lunched and passed much of his time at The Century, where many of us knew him as a modest, gentle soul, free from egotism and selfishness. He had seen much of the world, and built his novels from the matter of his experience and observation. They were skillfully constructed, and with his shorter stories, covered interesting phases of life. He was a young man; his reputation was growing, and the world lay fair before him, when he perished on the Lusitania

Henry Osborn Taylor
1916 Century Association Yearbook