Clyde C. Lister (1866-1940)


It is with heavy hearts that we announce the death of Clyde C. Lister, on March 16th, one of America’s best known and beloved members of the penmanship profession. No man ever lived who was more in love with penmanship than was Mr. Lister. He loved to discuss penmanship and penmen and always held his audiences spellbound. He paid many delightful visits to THE EDUCATOR in recent years.

C. C., as he was familiarly known, was born in Ohio, January 12, 1866. He attended Millersville, Ohio, High School, normal school at Ada, Danville, and Mt. Vernon, Ohio. He began his teaching career in the country school in 1882.

In 1888 he attended Oberlin Ohio, Business College, taking a special penmanship course under Uriah McKee, who was recognized as one of the leading penmen of his time.

After completing his commercial training he taught in The Toledo, Ohio, Business College, Spencerian Business College, Cleveland, and Sadler’s Business College, Baltimore, Maryland.

For many years he taught penmanship in the Maxwell Training School for Teachers, New Your City.

He has taught penmanship and methods in summer schools like The Bowling Green, Kentucky, Business University and The Zanerian College of Penmanship, Columbus, Ohio.

A few years ago he retired from his busy teaching life in New York City and returned to his boyhood country home, Millersville, Ohio.

His retirement, though brief was well earned. His name will go down in history as one of the most skillful penmen, a thorough, painstaking teacher, and a true gentleman.