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George West Diehl, American minister.


Diehl, George West was born on December 7, 1887 in in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Oliver Judson and Nellie Eliza (West) Diehl.


Student Hampden-Sidney College, 1907-1910. Bachelor of Arts, Washington and Lee University, 1913. Bachelor of Divinity, Union Theological Seminary, 1916.

Master of Arts, University of Richmond, 1917. Graduate study Columbia, 1923, University of Chicago, 1930-1931. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Concord College, 1964.


Principal Brownsburg (Virginia) High School, 1910-1911, Grundy (Virginia) Presbyterian School, 1917-1920. Personnel and educational director, Carter Coal Company, 1920-1924. President Concord State Normal School, Athens, West Virginia, 1924-1929.

President Morris Harvey College, 1929-1930. Ad interim supply, 1st Presbyterian Church, Houston, Texas, January-March 1932. Pastor First Presbyterian Church, Corpus Christi, Texas, 1932-1949, Oxford Presbyterian Church, Lexington, Virginia, from 1949-1963.

Minister without charge, from 1963. Public member of panel 8th Regional War Labor Board. Member board of adjustment, City Planning Board.

Founder, headmaster Presbyterian Day School from 1945. Commissioner Corpus Christi Council, Girl Scouts, 1935-1939. Member committee Gulf Coast Council, Boy Scouts of America.

Co-chairman, National Conference of Christians and Jews. President, South Texas Tree Association. Member Rockbridge County Board of Education, from 1956.

Director Rockbridge County Farm Bureau, 1956-1958. Chairman Rockbridge County Civil War Centennial Committee, from 1959. President of the board directors Botetourt-Rockbridge Regional Library, 1957-1963.

Moderator Western Texas Presbytery, 1940-1941, Lexington (Virginia) Presbytery, 1957. Historian Lexington Presbytery, from 1958. Commnr., general assembly, Presbyterian Church United States, 1943.

Former chaplain 150th Infantry, West Virginia National Guard. Corporal, Company A, 4th Virginia Infantry, 1912-1915.


Member board of adjustment, City Planning Board. Member committee Gulf Coast Council, Boy Scouts of America. Member Rockbridge County Board of Education, from 1956.

Member National Education Association (life), Sons of the American Revolution, American Legion (chaplain Post 248), Corpus Christi Ministerial Association (president 1935), Memorial Museum Association (president), The Rockefeller Family Association, Institute American Geneaology, Society American Archives, National, Virginia genealogical societies, Pi Gamma Mu, Tau Kappa Alpha, Alpha Psi Omega, Phi Delta Kappa, Delta Theta Chi. Mason (32 degree, Knights Templar, Shriner, Past-Grand Eminent Prelate K.T. of Texas. Elk. Club: Kiwanis (ex-president), Ruritan.

Trustee Schriener Institute, Fred Roberts Memorial Hospital.


Married Iva Carruth Shafer, September 3, 1917.

Oliver Judson Diehl

Nellie Eliza (West) Diehl

Iva Carruth Shafer