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theology and medical educator

James Franklin Childress, American Theology and medical educator. Recipient numerous awards and grants in field including Distinguished Professor award University Virginia, 1984, Virginia Professor of Year award Council for Advancement and Support Education, 1990; American Council Learned Socs. fellow, 1972-1973, WilsonCtr. fellow, 1984-1985, Guggenheim fellow, 1984-1985.


Childress, James Franklin was born on October 4, 1940 in Mount Airy, North Carolina, United States. Son of Roscoe Franklin and Zella Bessie (Wagoner) Childress.


Bachelor of Arts, Guilford College, North Carolina, 1962;Bachelor of Divinity cum laude, Yale Division Sch, New Haven, 1965;Master of Arts, Yale University, New Haven, 1967;Doctor of Philosophy, Yale University, New Haven, 1968.


Assistant professor department religious studies, University of Virginia-Charlottesville, 1968-1971associate professor department religious studies, University of Virginia-Charlottesville, 1971-1975;department chairman religious studies, University of Virginia-Charlottesville, 1972-1975, 86-94;professor religious studies and medical education, University of Virginia-Charlottesville, since 1979;professor Christian ethics, Kennedy Institute Ethics, Georgetown University, Washington, 1975-1979. Visiting professor University of Chicago Divinity School, 1977, Princeton University, 1978, College Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, 1978. Consultant and lecturer in field.



Trustee Guilford College, Greensboro, North Carolina, 1983-1985. Member subcommittee on human gene therapy National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, 1984-1992, member National Institutes of Health recombinant DNA advisory committee, 1988-1990, 2002-2004. Member biomedical Ethics Advisory Committee, 1988-1989.

Member National Bioethics Advisory Commission, 1996-2001. Vice-chairman Task Force on Organ Transplantation, Department of Health and Human Services, 1985-1986. Board directors United Network for Organ Sharing, 1987-1989.

Fellow Institute Social Ethics and Life Sciences, American Academy Arts and Sciences, Institute Medicine. Member Society Christian Ethics (board directors 1973-1976), American Academy Religion, American Philosophical Association.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: tennis; reading.


Married Georgia Monroe Harrell, December 21, 1958 (deceased August 1994). Children: (twins) Albert Franklin, James Frederic. Married Marcia Day Finney, May 10, 1997.

Roscoe Franklin Childress

Zella Bessie (Wagoner) Childress

Georgia Monroe Harrell

Marcia Day Finney

(twins) Albert Franklin Childress

James Frederic Childress