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religion educator , University president

John William Elrod, American university president, philosophy and religion educator. National Endowment of the Humanities fellow, 1976; grantee American Philosophical Society, 1977, Iowa State University, 1977, 80, 82, Iowa Board for Public Programming in Humanities, 1980.


Elrod, John William was born on January 21, 1940 in Griffin, Georgia, United States. Son of John Charles and Carolyn (Barnette) Elrod.


Bachelor, Presbyterian College, Clinton, South Carolina., 1962;Master of Arts, Columbia University, 1967;Doctor of Philosophy, Columbia University, 1971.


Assistant professor philosophy, Iowa State University, Ames, 1971-1975;associate professor, Iowa State University, Ames, 1975-1981;professor, Iowa State University, Ames, 1981-1984;department chairman, Iowa State University, Ames, 1979-1984;professor philosophy, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia, since 1984;dean College, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia, 1984-1988;vice president academic affairs, dean, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia, 1987-1995;acting president, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia, 1988;president, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia, since 1995. Academic consultant Southern Association Colleges Schools.


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  • Other Work

    • Author: Being and Existence in Kierkegaard's Pseudonymous Works, 1975, Kierkegaard and Christendom, 1981. Associate editor Journal Philosophy of Religion, 1974-1983. Member advisory board Kierkegaard's Writings, 1977-1985, International Kierkegaard Commentary, 1981-1985.

      Contributor articles to professional journals.


Member American Philosophical Association, American Academy Religion, Society Philosophy of Religion (vice president since 1985), Metaphys. Society of America, Society for Christian Philosophy, Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: tennis; jogging. Music; birding.


Married Mimi Cobb Milner, August 3, 1963. Children– Adam Milner, Joshua O'Beirne.

John Charles Elrod

Carolyn (Barnette) Elrod

Mimi Cobb Milner

Adam Milner Elrod

Joshua O'Beirne Elrod