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Religious studies educator

Frank Everett Reynolds, religious studies educator. Ordained to ministry American Baptist Church, 1955. Jacob Fox Foundation fellow, 1952, Danforth Foundation fellow, 1960, 64; senior research grantee Fulbright Commission, 1973-1974, National Endowment of the Humanities, 1978-1979.


Reynolds, Frank Everett was born on November 13, 1930 in Hartford, Connecticut, United States. Son of Howard Wesley and Caroline Mills Roys Reynolds.


Student, Princeton University, 1948-1951;Bachelor of Arts, Oberlin U., 1952;Bachelor of Divinity, Yale Division School, 1955;Master of Arts, University of Chicago, 1963;Doctor of Philosophy, University Chicago, 1971.


Program director Student Christian Center, Bangkok, Thailand, 1956-1959. Minister to foreign students University Chicago Ecumenical Ministries, 1961-1964. Instructor University Chicago, 1967-1969, assistant professor then associate professor, 1969-1979, professor history of religions and Buddhist studies, 1979-2001, professor emeritus, since 2001.

Director Institute for the Advanced Study of Religions/Martin Marty Center, 1991-2001. Teacher American history and literature Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, 1956-1959. Co-director Liberal Arts and Study of Religions Project, 1985-1990, National Endowment of the Humanities Sangitiyavasama Translate Project, 1991-1993.


  • Ordained to ministry American Baptist Church, 1955.



Chair organizing committee Sawyer Seminar on Religious Law and Construction of Identities, 1996-1997. Member American Council Learned Societies (committee on history of religions 1985-1993), American Society Study Religion, American Academy Religion (chairman committee on history of religions 1993-1996), Association Asian Studies (co-editor monograph series 1978-1986, member Benda prize committee 1993-1996), International Association History of Religions, International Association Buddhist Studies, Law and Society.


Married Mani Bloch, March 28, 1959 (deceased 1993). Children: Roy Howard, Andrew Everett, Roger Frank. Married June Nash, August 16, 1997.

Howard Wesley

Caroline Mills Roys Reynolds

Mani Bloch

June Nash

Roy Howard Reynolds

Andrew Everett Reynolds

Roger Frank Reynolds