About Alfred Eckhard Zimmern
Sir Alfred Zimmern
Sir Alfred Zimmern of Avon, who became a member of this Society September 12, 1947, died at his home November 24, 1957. He was a British international affairs expert, as well as a professor and author.
He was born at Surbiton, Surrey, England, January 28, 1879, the son of Adolph and Matilda (de Neufville-Eckhard) Zimmern. He came to the United States permanently in 1947 as visiting professor at Trinity College. In 1950 he joined the faculty of American International College, Springfield, Massachusetts, but moved to a new home in Avon in January of 1956. Arnold Toyn- bee, the renowned British historian, said a few years ago that Sir Alfred was one of the 12 most brilliant scholars to influence his life and thinking. The entry in Who's Who lists Sir Alfred Zimmern as, simply, "political scientist," while his outstanding works have included teacher of world statesmen, a shaper of the League of Nations Covenant, and UNESCO.
His association with Hartford began in February of 1947 as visiting lecturer at Trinity College, delivering four talks on "The World Crisis." When these were completed, he stayed on as visiting professor, making his residence for three years on Farm- ington Avenue. In 1953 he donated 400 volumes of classics to Trinity. Sir Alfred was emeritus professor of international relations
at Oxford until his death, where he had introduced the subject into Oxford curriculum in 1930. For 14 years he conducted a school for international studies in Geneva, Switzerland, for scholars from 60 nations. He was knighted in 1936 by Edward VIII, now Duke of Windsor, at the instigation of the then Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin. As an author, perhaps his most ac- claimed work is The League of Nations and the Rule of Law, written in 1936 and revised in 1938.
Sir Alfred leaves his wife, Lady Zimmern, the former Lucie Anna Hirsch-Flotron; and two step daughters, Mrs. Everet V. Stonequist, wife of a sociology professor at Skidmore College, New York; and Capt. Evelyn Barbier, Army Nurse Corps, sta- tioneci in Louisiana; three sisters in England, Elsie Zimmern, Edith Zimmern and Mrs. W. Barton; two granddaughters, Martha Stonequist and Mrs. Ibrahim Abu Sharr of England.
Memorial services were held at the Methodist Church, Simsbury.