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minister , Cultural organization administrator

John Arthur Hoyt, American cultural organization administrator, minister.


Hoyt, John Arthur was born on March 30, 1932 in Marietta, Ohio, United States. Son of Claremont Earl and Margaret Adeline (Hawkins) Hoyt.


Bachelor, Rio Grande College, 1954. Doctor of Divinity, Rio Grande College, 1968. Master of Divinity, Colgate Rochester Division School, 1958.

Dr honoris causa, University Bucharest, Romania, 1995. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), St. Thomas University, Miami, Florida, 1998. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), University St. Petersburg, Russia, 1997.


Ordained to ministry Baptist Church, 1957. Pastor Allen Park (Michigan) Baptist Church, 1958-1960, First Presbyterian Church, Leroy, New York, 1960-1964. Senior minister Drayton Avenue Presbyterian Church, Ferndale, Michigan, 1964-1968, First Presbyterian Church, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1968-1970.

President Humane Society United States, Washington, 1970-1991, chief executive, 1992-1997. President emeritus, since 1997. President Humane Society International, Washington, 1991—1997.

President, director Humane Society of Canada, Toronto, 1994-1998. Vice chairman board directors EarthKind International, Washington, London, 1991-1998. President Earthkind, United States, Washington, 1994-1997.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Animals in Peril: How "Sustainable Use" is Wiping Out the World's Wildlife, 1994.


President National Association Humane and Environmental Education, East Haddam, Connecticut, 1970-1994, chairman board directors 1973-1995. Trustee Rio Grande (Ohio) College, 1979-1986, Lake Erie College, Painesville, Ohio, 1986-1988. Board directors The American Fondouk, Boston, 1986-1997, Earth Day 1990, 1989-1990, Global Tomorrow Coalition, 1989-1994.

President World Society for Protection of Animals, London, 1986-1990, vice president, 1990-1998. Director Center Respect Life and Environment, Washington, 1986-1997. Director International Center Earth Concerns, California, since 1994.

Member Earth Charter Commission. Vice president International Development Conference, Washington, 1997-1999, 01-03. Director Bear Castle Property Owners Association, Bumpbass, Virginia, 2001-2007.

Honorary vice president Institute for Animals and Society, Baltimore, 2004-2005.


Married Gertrude Ellen Mohnkern, June 7, 1957. Children: Margaret Rose, Karen Elizabeth, Anne Christine, Julie Kay.

Claremont Earl Hoyt

Margaret Adeline (Hawkins) Hoyt

Gertrude Ellen Mohnkern

Margaret Rose Hoyt

Karen Elizabeth Hoyt

Anne Christine Hoyt

Julie Kay Hoyt