Alfred Gudeman was born in Atlanta in 1862. He was trained as a classical philologist at Columbia and then completed his doctoral studies under Johannes Vahlen at the University of Berlin. After he returned to America, Gudeman taught variously at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Cornell University between 1890-1904, but did not find a permanent position. He left America to look for a job in Germany in 1904 and never returned. Gudeman fared little better in Germany and lived on the margins of German academic life. He became a German citizen in 1917 and later tried, without success, to escape to the United States from Nazi Germany. Alfred Gudeman died a prisoner at Theresienstadt concentration camp on September 9, 1942.
See the Archival Documents page for ephemera from Gudeman's life.
Photograph from Universities and the Sons: The University of Pennsylvania (1901).