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Bernard Iddings Bell


Bernard Iddings Bell, American clergyman. Member Phi Beta Kappa, Kappa Sigma.; Mason.


Bell, Bernard Iddings was born on October 13, 1886 in in Dayton, Ohio, United States. Son of Charles Wright and Vienna Valencia (Iddings) Bell.


Bachelor of Arts, University of Chicago, 1907. Bachelor of Sacred Theology, Western Theological Seminary, Chicago, 1912, Doctor of Divinity from same, 1921. S.T.D., University of the South, 1923.

Doctor of Letters from Columbia University, 1929. Doctor of Laws, Colorado College, 1931. Ped.Doc., U. State of New York, 1933.

Doctor of Letters, Coe College, 1950. Doctor Humane Letters, Ohio Wesleyan, 1952.


1 son, Bernard Lee (deceased). Became deacon and priest Episcopal Church, 1910. Vicar St. Christopher’s Church, Oak Park, Illinois, 1910-1913.

Dean St. Paul’s Cathedral Church, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, 1913-1918, also examining chaplain to bishop of Fond du Lac. Aide to senior chaplain Great Lakes Naval Training Station, October 1, 1917-May 1, 1919. Warden St. Stephen’s College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, 1919-1933.

Professor religion, Columbia, U., 1930-1933. Preaching canon St. John’s Cathedral, Providence, 1933-1946. Became canon of Cathedral of Steamship Peter and Paul, Chicago.

Now canon St. James Cathedral Church, Chicago. Consultant to Bishop of Chicago on education, since 1946. general consultant on religion and education, pastor of Episcopalians, University of Chicago, since 1948. William Vaughan Moody lecturer, University of Chicago, 1931.

Coleman lecturer, Lafayette College, 1935. Yarnall lecturer in English public schools, 1939. Gates lecturer Grinnell College, 1941.

Merrich lecturer Ohio Wesleyan University, 1952.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Right and Wrong After the War, 1918. Work of the Church for Men at War, 1919. The Good News, 1921

    • Post-modernism and Other Essays, 1925.Common Sense in Education, 1928. Beyond Agnosticism—A Book for Tired Mechanists, 1929. Unfashionable Convictions, 1931.The Holy Week, 1933


Member Phi Beta Kappa, Kappa Sigma. Mason.; Clubs: University, (Chicago, Illinois).


Married Elizabeth Wood Lee, April 24, 1912.

Charles Wright Bell

Vienna Valencia (Iddings) Bell

Elizabeth Wood Lee