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Troup Mathews

Troup H. Mathews (1916-2002), US teacher of the Alexander Technique and Head of Training in New York.

Life

Troup Mathews was born in Le Havre, France, and came to the US in 1935. He enlisted in the US Army in January 1941 and was stationed in North Africa. He was wounded in El Guettar, Tunisia, in April 1943, where his leg was amputated. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. In 1942 he married Alice Westfeldt (related to Lulie Westfeldt). Because he was the editor of the French section of the radio broadcasts ‘Voice of America’ he was investigated by Senator Joseph McCarthy for un-American activities, but McCarthy’s charges proved to have no merit. Mathews taught at the Professional Children’s Schools in New York and Columbia Hospital. In the early 1970s Mathews trained in the Alexander Technique. In 1983, with his second wife, Ann Sickels Mathews, and their daughter, Christine Batten, he started a teachers training course – the Institute for Research, Development and Education in the Alexander Technique – in New York.[1]

Writings

Troup Mathews’s article, ‘Blessed helicity – The implications of spiral musculature’, introduces the concept of Dart’s double spiral and its implication for breathing.[2] (Troup Mathews had several conversations with Raymond Dart.)

Obituaries

  • ‘In memory of Troup H. Mathews’ by Anne Hamilton.[3]
  • ‘Friends share memories of Troup Mathews’ by Nancy Cardozo, Ellen Chances.[4]

Troup Matthews * 19 August 1916 - † 31 March 2002

References

[1] ‘In memory of Troup H. Mathews’ by Anne Hamilton, AmSAT News issue no. 56, Summer 2002, pp. 6, 9.
[2] ‘Blessed helicity – The implications of spiral musculature’ by Troup H. Mathews in Direction vol. 1, no. 8 edited by Jeremy Chance (Fyncot Pty Ltd., 1991), pp. 308-14.
[3] ‘In memory of Troup H. Mathews’ by Anne Hamilton, AmSAT News issue no. 56, Summer 2002, pp. 6, 9.
[4] ‘Friends share memories of Troup Mathews’ by Nancy Cardozo, Ellen Chances, AmSAT News issue no. 57, Fall 2002, pp. 31.