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Gerard Anthony Vanderhaar, American religion educator. Ordained priest Roman Catholic Church, 1957. National Endowment of the Humanities grantee, 1979.


Vanderhaar, Gerard Anthony was born on August 15, 1931 in Louisville. Son of Gerhard August and Margaret (Hammerstein) Vanderhaar.


Bachelor, Providence College, 1954. STB, Pontifical Faculty Theology, Dominican House of Studies, 1956. Licentiate in Sacred Theology, Pontifical Faculty Theology, Dominican House of Studies, 1958.

STD, University St. Thomas, Rome, 1965.


Instructor philosophy and theology, Christian Brothers College, Tennessee, 1958-1961; instructor, chair department philosophy, Spalding College, Kentucky, 1961-1962; assistant professor theology, St. John's U., New York City, 1964-1965; associate professor, Providence College, 1965-1968; visiting assistant professor, Wesleyan University, Connecticut, 1968-1969; laicized, 1969; visiting assistant professor, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, 1969-1970; visiting assistant professor, Ripon College, Wisconsin, 1969-1970; associate professor, Siena College, Memphis, 1970-1971; professor, Christian Brothers U., Memphis, since 1971; chair department, Christian Brothers U., Memphis, 1973-1976, 88-91; active in foundation of M. K. Gandhi Institute for Study of Nonviolence, Christian Brothers U., Memphis, 1991.


  • Ordained priest Roman Catholic Church, 1957.



Co-director Greater Memphis Consortium, 1970-1971. Active Pax Christi-United States of America, 1973-1975, member of national county, 1975-1979, 82-85, chairman national county, 1978-1979, 83-85, coordinator Tennessee region, 1981-1982, coordinator Memphis chapter, 1986-1987. Active founding of Mid-South Peace and Justice Center, Memphis, 1982, Chairman of the Board, 1991-1992.

Chairman of the board of trustees M. K. Gandhi Foundation. Member American Association of University Professors, National Conference of Christians and Jews, American Academy Religion, Consortium on Peace Research, Education, and Development, Fellowship of Reconciliation, War Resisters League.


Married Janice Marie Searles, December 22, 1969.

Gerhard August Vanderhaar

Margaret (Hammerstein) Vanderhaar

Janice Marie Searles