Great scholarly surnames (in my current chapter). Your additions are most welcome

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I relied on these scholars work in the chapter I am now writing. They are in the citations.

David Schimmelpenninck van der Oye.

Mind you, “Schimmelpenninck van der Oye” is the last name. The “van der Oye” is a nice touch, lest you confuse his family with any other Schimmelpennincks.

He teaches at Brock University in Canada and is a much-published expert on Russian history.

And then, later in the chapter, I had occasion to cite another name.

Not as good as David Schimmelpenninck van der Oye–a very high standard, of course–but still worthy of the silver medal.

I give you “Reinhold August Dorwart,” who taught at the Univ. of Connecticut.

When I hear that name, I keep thinking, “There’s gotta be a cream to cure that.”



  • Penny Ford
    May 2, 2018

    This is a funny track to follow. I met this Austrian School person at a Philadelphia Society meeting in my youth — his name always struck me as complicated, yet musical: Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn . Little did I know — and just found out tonight while looking up the spelling — that his name actually was Erik Maria Ritter von Kuehnelt-Leddihn . Still musical, yet nothing that could fit handily into a bibliography. He certainly was very learned.

    • Penny Ford
      May 2, 2018

      Ah, yet here he does appear in a footnote — I would have loved to have written this letter:

      “In a 1939 letter to the editor of The New York Times, Kuehnelt-Leddihn critiqued the design of every American coin then in circulation except for the Washington quarter, which he allowed was “so far the most satisfactory coin” and judged the Mercury dime to be “the most deplorable.”[3]

      [3] Erik v. Kuehnelt-Leddihn, Letter to the Editor, “Our Coins Criticized: Visitor Finds Artistic Faults in All Except the Quarter”, The New York Times, Nov. 26, 1939, p. 75.

      • Penny Ford
        May 2, 2018

        I did not know that Kuennelt-Leddihn worked with Murray Rothbard. Not someone I would work with.

  • Charles Lipson
    May 2, 2018

    Your comments and the name Kuennelt-Leddihn are wonderful, Penny.

  • Ken Oye
    May 3, 2018

    How did you come to read works by my cousin David at Brock University?

  • Marina Adshade
    May 7, 2018

    In your bio for David Schimmelpenninck van der Oye you missed the fact that he is currently suspended for sexually assaulting a very young student in his office. But that shouldn’t in the way of his prestige.

    • Charles Lipson
      May 7, 2018

      Oh, how awful.
      That is the first I have heard of it (and, as you may have guessed, I know only the name!)

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