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religion and archaeology educator

Robert Earl Cooley, American religion and archaeology educator. Founder's Day award New York University, 1969.


Cooley, Robert Earl was born on September 12, 1930 in Kalamazoo.


Bachelor in Biblical Studies and Archaeology, Wheaton College, 1955. Master of Arts in Religious Education, Wheaton College, 1957. Doctor of Philosophy in Hebrew Studies and Near Eastern Archaeology, New York University, 1968.


Graduate assistant in archaeology, Wheaton (Illinois) College, 1955-1957;director archaeological studies, assistant professor archaeology, Wheaton (Illinois) College, 1965-1968;dean of men, Center Bible College, Springfield, Missouri, 1957-1959;dean of students, Center Bible College, Springfield, Missouri, 1959-1964;academic dean, Center Bible College, Springfield, Missouri, 1964-1965;assistant professor Bilbe and archaeology, Wheaton (Illinois) College, 1965-1968;director religious activities, New York University, 1962-1963;assistant to president, Dropsie U., Philadelphia, 1967-1968;associate professor, Evangel College, Springfield, 1968-1970;dean of college, Evangel College, Springfield, 1970-1973;visiting professor, Drury Graduate School, Springfield, 1971-1973;professor anthropology and religious studies, director Center for Archaeol. Research, S.W. Missouri State University, Springfield, 1973-1981;president, professor Biblical studies and archaeology, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, Massachusetts, 1981-1997;chancellor, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, Massachusetts, since 1997. Area supervisor, architect Dothan Archaeol.

Expedition, Israel, 1959, 60, 64. Member of staff Oyster Bay Site 7, New York, 1963. Site supervisor joint expedition to Ai, Khirbet Haiyan and Khirbet Raddana, Israel, 1969.

Field director expedition, Raddana, Israel, 1970, 72, 74. Director field schools various sites, Missouri, 1971-1981. With Phase I surveys, 1974-1981.

Field archaeologist Tell Retaba Expedition, Arab Republic of Egypt, 1977-1978. Director publications project Dothan II, since 1978. Field director, principal investigator Smith Cabin site, Missouri,1979.

Lecturer various professional conferences, Brazil, Belgium, Israel, Portugal, Korea, 1972-1988.


  • Other Work

    • Assistant issue editor special edition Journal Educational Sociology, 1963. Senior editor Christianity Today, 1990-1992. Contributor articles to professional journals.

      Creator concept film, 1968.


Board directors History Site Board, City of Springfield, 1970-1978, chairman, 1974-1978. Board directors Missouri Heritage Trust, 1977-1981, Appalachian Ministries Education Resource Center, since 1985, World Relief, Wheaton, Illinois, 1985-1994. Member Governor's Advisory Council on History Preservation, State of Missouri, 1977-1981, interfaith advisory council Harvard Semitic Museum, Harvard University, since 1985.

Member planning board Bicentennial Commission. Corporator Beverly (Massachusetts) Hospital, since 1985. Member American Schools Oriental Research (trustee 1978-1980), Archaeol.

Institute American, Evangelical Theological Society (president 1970), Near East Archaeol. Society (vice president 1972-1978), Society Biblical Literature, National Association Professors Hebrew (treasurer 1968-1973), American Anthropological Association, Society of America Archaeology, Society Professional Archaeologists, Association Field Archaeology, Israel Exploration Society, Missouri Archaeol. Society (site preservation board 1975-1981, president Ozarks chapter 1969-1975), Missouri Association Professional Archaeologists (vice president 1978-1979, president 1980-1981), Association Theological Schools (secretary 1986-1988, president 1991-1994), National Association Evangs.

(board administration since 1982), World Relief (president 1990-1994), Rotary (program committee Springfield 1970-1981).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: fishing, golf, photography, outdoor activities.


Married Eileen H. Carlson. Children: Robert Carl, Gerald Earl.

Eileen H. Carlson

Robert Carl Cooley

Gerald Earl Cooley