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College president , History educator

Francis Christopher Oakley, British historian, educator. Lieutenant British Army, 1955-1957. Fellow Medieval Academy American (president fellows 1999-2002), American Academy Arts and Sciences; member American History Association, American Catholic History Association, American Church History Society, New England Medieval Conference (president 1983-1984), The Century Association, American Cusanus Society (advisory board since 1997).

Background

Oakley, Francis Christopher was born on October 6, 1931 in Liverpool, England. Arrived in the United States, 1957, naturalized, 1968. Son of Joseph Vincent and Siobean (NiCurean) Oakley.

Education

Bachelor, Corpus Christi College, Oxford University, 1953. Master of Arts, Corpus Christi College, Oxford University, 1957. Postgraduate, Pontifical Institute Medieval Studies, Toronto, 1953—1955.

Master of Arts, Yale University, 1958. Doctor of Philosophy, Yale University, 1960. Doctor of Laws, Amherst College, 1986.

Doctor of Laws, Wesleyan University, 1989. Doctor of Laws, University Notre Dame, 2006. Doctor of Humane Letters, Northwestern University, 1990.

Doctor of Humane Letters, North Adams State College, 1993. Doctor of Humane Letters, Bowdoin College, 1993. Doctor of Letters, Williams College, 1994.

Career

Member faculty Yale University, 1959-1961, Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 1961—2002, professor history, 1970—2002, dean faculty, 1977-1984, Edward Dorr Griffin professor history of ideas, 1984—1985, president, 1985-1994, president emeritus, since 1994, Edward Dorr Griffin professor history of ideas, 1994—2002, professor emeritus, since 2002. Interim president American Council Learned Societies, 2002—2003, president emeritus, since 2003. Honorary fellow Corpus Christi College, Oxford University, since 1991.

Senior fellow Oakley Center Humanities, Williams College, since 2002. Visiting lecturer Bennington (Vermont) College, 1967. Sir Isaiah Berlin visiting professor Oxford University, 1999-2000.

Merle Curti lecturer University Wisconsin, Madison, 2001. Étienne Gilson lecturer Pontifical Institute Medieval Studies, Toronto, 2002. Member Institute Advanced Study Princeton, 1981-1982.

Fellow National Humanities Center, 1991. Guest scholar Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 1994. Chair board directors American Council Learned Societies, 1993-1997.

Trustee Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, since 1985, president board trustees, 1998-2005. Trustee MassMoCA Foundation, 1995-2004, Willamstown Art Conservation Center, 1995-1998, Williamstown Theatre Festival, 1985-1993. Trustee National Humanities Center, 1996-1902, 2003-2007, chairman board trustees, 2004-2007, Lake Forest College, 1997-2001.

Trustee Institute Advanced Catholic Studies, 1998-2005, vice chair, 2002-2005. Member MassMoCA Cultural Development Commission, 1988-2007. Member advisory council Center for Study of Religion, Princeton University, since 1999.

Works

Membership

Lieutenant British Army, 1955-1957. Fellow Medieval Academy American, American Academy Arts and Sciences. Member American History Association, American Catholic History Association, American Church History Society, New England Medieval Conference (president 1983-1984), American Council Learned Socs.

(chair board directors 1993-1997), The Century Association, American Cusanus Society (advisory board since 1997).

Connections

Married Claire-Ann Lamenzo, August 9, 1958. Children: Deirdre, Christopher, Timothy, Brian.

father:
Joseph Vincent Oakley

mother:
Siobean (NiCurean) Oakley

spouse:
Claire-Ann Lamenzo

children:
Deirdre Oakley

Christopher Oakley

Timothy Oakley

Brian Oakley