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religion educator

Harold Wendell French, American religion educator. Ordained to ministry Evangelical United Brethren Church, 1956. Recipient Amoco Teacher of Year award University South Carolina, 1977, Mortar Board teaching awards, 1991-1992, Distinguished Honours professor, 1994; named Distinguished lecturer, Virginia Consortium Asian Studies, 1988.

Background

French, Harold Wendell was born on January 14, 1930 in Wichita, Kansas, United States. Son of Ernest Ervin and Sarah Margaret (Mason) French.

Education

Bachelor, York College, 1952. Master of Divinity, United Seminary, Dayton, Ohio, 1956. MST, Boston University, 1964.

Doctor of Philosophy, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, 1972.

Career

Minister, Evangelical United Brethren Church, Kismet, Kansas, 1955-1962;minister various Methodist churches, Dighton and Myricks, Massachusetts, 1962-1964;college chaplain, Westmar College, LeMars, Iowa., 1964-1968;assistant professor, St. Andrew's Presbyterian College, Laurinburg, North Carolina, 1971-1972;professor, chair department religious studies, University of Southern California, Columbia, since 1972.

Achievements

  • Ordained to ministry Evangelical United Brethren Church, 1956.

Membership

Local Democratic precinct chair, Columbia, 1986-1988, delegate Democratic county and state conversations, 1986-1990. President Columbia Choral Society, 1988-1989. Member South Carolina.

Academy Religion (president 1980-1981), Association Asian Studies (president S.E. conference 1988-1989).

Connections

Married Rosemary Pearl Jordan, December 28, 1951 (divorced 1978). Children: Stephen Alan, Mark Philip, Rebecca Lyn. Married Elizabeth Randylyn Barnes, May 27, 1983.

father:
Ernest Ervin French

mother:
Sarah Margaret (Mason) French

spouse:
Rosemary Pearl Jordan

spouse:
Elizabeth Randylyn Barnes

child:
Stephen Alan French

child:
Mark Philip French

child:
Rebecca Lyn French