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Charles Whitney Gilkey, American clergyman. Member Phi Beta Kappa.


Gilkey, Charles Whitney was born on July 3, 1882 in Watertown, Massachusetts, United States. Son of James Henry and Mary Lottie (Johnson) Gilkey.


Bachelor of Arts, Harvard, 1903, A.M., 1904. Student secretary, International Committee Young Men’s Christian Association, 1903-1905. Bachelor of Divinity, Union Theological Seminary, 1908.

University of Berlin and Marburg, 1908-1909. United Free Church College, Glasgow, New College, Edinburg, and Oxford University 1909-1910. Doctor of Divinity from Williams College, 1925, Hillsdale College, 1925, Yale, 1927, Brown, 1928, Harvard, 1929, Colby College, 1930, Oberlin, 1946.

Doctor of Humane Letters, Beloit College, 1944.


Ordained Baptist ministry 1910. Pastor Hyde Park Baptist Church, Chicago, 1910-1928. Professor preaching University of Chicago Division School, 1926-1947.

Dean of the chapel, University of Chicago, 1928-1947. Associate dean, University of Chicago Division School, 1938-1947. Lecturer on homiletics, Andover Newton Theological School, since 1948.

University preacher at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Cornell, Chicago, Toronto, Wellesley, Stanford, Purdue, Etc. Appointed by University of Chicago Barrows lecturer to university centres of India, 1924-1925. Trustee University of Chicago, 1919-1929, George Williams College, 1929-1968, Union Theological Seminary 1945-1968.

Harvard Board Overseers, 1946-1948.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Barrows lectures—Jesus and Our Generation, 1925. New Frontiers for Faith, 1926. Cole lectures at Vanderbilt University—Present-Day Dilemmas in Religion, 1927.Perspectives, 1933.


Member Phi Beta Kappa.


Married Geraldine Gunsaulus Brown, July 26, 1915. Children: Mary Jane, Langdon Brown.

James Henry Gilkey

Mary Lottie (Johnson) Gilkey

Geraldine Gunsaulus Brown

Mary Jane Gilkey

Langdon Brown Gilkey