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writer , Asian religions educator

Donald Keeney Swearer, American Asian religions educator, writer.


Swearer, Donald Keeney was born on August 2, 1934 in Wichita, Kansas, United States. Son of Edward Mays and Elloise Catherine (Keeney) Swearer.


AB cum laude, Princeton University, 1956. Master of Arts, Princeton University, 1965. Doctor of Philosophy, Princeton University, 1967.

Bachelor's Degree, Yale University, 1962. Master of Sacred Theology, Yale University, 1963.


Instructor English department Bangkok Christian College, 1957-1960. Administrative assistant Edward W. Hazen Foundation, New Haven, 1961-1963. Instructor, then assistant professor Oberlin (Ohio) College, 1965-1970.

Associate professor Swarthmore (Pennsylvania) College, 1970-1975, professor Asian religions, 1975—2004, Eugene M. Lang Research professor, 1987-1992, Charles & Harriet Cox McDowell professor, 1993—2004, chair department religion, 1986-1991. Numata professor Buddhist studies University Hawaii, 1993. Hershey visiting professor Buddhist studies Harvard Division School, 2000—2001, distinguished visiting professor Buddhist studies & director Center for the Study of World Religions, since 2004.

Adjunct professor University Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1979-1993, Temple University, Philadelphia, since 1991. Film. consultant ABC, 1972, British Broadcasting Corporation, 1977, WGBH, 1991-1993. Lecturer Smithsonian Institution, since 1982, Asia Society New York, since 1982.

Board advisors Religious Pluralism Project, since 1998, Forum on Religion and Ecology, 1998.



Member adult education committee Swarthmore Presbyterian Church, 1985-1987, 92-93, 97-98. Member American Association of University Professors, Association Asian Studies (board directors 1977-1980), American Academy Religion (vice president mid-Atlantic region 1971-1972), American Society Study of Religion, Society Buddhist-Christian Studies (board directors 1995-1998), Phi Beta Kappa.


Married Nancy Chester. Children: Susan Marie, Stephen Edward.

Edward Mays Swearer

Elloise Catherine (Keeney) Swearer

Nancy Chester

Susan Marie Swearer

Stephen Edward Swearer