Harvard’s first professorship in Celtic had been established earlier, through a gift made by Henry Lee Shattuck, a distinguished Boston attorney and politician, and devoted son of Harvard. He later wrote of his desire that “something more be done at Harvard in bringing to the attention of the American public Gaelic art and literature and language...” 1 Shattuck made his gift through the Charitable Irish Society of Boston in 1940, one year after Robinson retired, and so ensured the continuity of Celtic studies at Harvard. The Department of Celtic Languages and Literatures was established, and has flourished ever since.It was under the leadership of Charles Dunn, chairman from 1962 until his retirement in 1984, that the department really began to grow into what it is today. The young men and women who came to study with him and with his associate,
1quoted in John T. Galvin, The Gentleman Mr. Shattuck: A Biography of Henry Lee Shattuck, 1879-1971 (Boston, 1996), p. 286.