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Condé B. Pallen


Centurion, 1920–1929

Full Name Condé Benoist Pallen

Born 5 December 1858 in Saint Louis, Missouri

Died 26 May 1929 in New York (Manhattan), New York

Buried Calvary Cemetery and Mausoleum, Saint Louis, Missouri

Proposed by Thomas F. Woodlock and Cornelius C. Clifford

Elected 4 December 1920 at age sixty-one

Century Memorial

Condé Benoist Pallen was a scholar of the medieval type and a poet of some parts. He was thoroughly versed in the Latin classics, student of Thomas Aquinas, commentator on Tennyson’s “Idyl[l]s” (Tennyson expressed his own pleasure at the sympathetic insight of the critic), newspaper editor for years in St. Louis, where he conducted a weekly known as “Church Progress,” and finally managing editor of the “Catholic Encyclopedia,” to which he devoted several years of genuine hard work. If there was anything in his life that Pallen thoroughly enjoyed, it was hammer-and-tongs disputation on some obscure point of metaphysics. He would have felt quite at home at the University of Paris in the thirteenth century.

Alexander Dana Noyes
1930 Century Association Yearbook