The Bolling family and the College are celebrating Landrum's 100th birthday with two events open to the entire Earlham community. The first event, in Washington, D.C., takes place on Saturday, November 9; the second will be held on the Earlham campus Wednesday, November 13.
Registration for both events is now closed.
If you are unable to attend, Landrum would appreciate greetings sent to him at:
914 19th Street South
Arlington, VA 22202
Landrum Bolling came to Earlham as a professor of political science in 1948 and served as president from 1958 to 1973, presiding over an increasingly acclaimed liberal arts institution.
He gave strong leadership to Earlham’s development as a truly international college, with a direct, personal role in establishing Earlham’s outstanding Japanese Studies Program headed by Jackson Bailey, and expanding opportunities for study abroad. He remains a lifetime honorary trustee, serving as a source of inspiration and wisdom for the Earlham community.
The Landrum Bolling Center (built in 2002) houses the College’s social sciences division, International Programs Office and Center for Integrated Learning, and is a physical symbol of his long years of service.
Landrum was born in Polk County, Tennessee, on Nov. 13, 1913, the son of Landrum Austin and Carrie (Rymer) Bolling. He entered the University of Tennessee at age 15, graduating at 19 in 1933. He earned an M.A. in political science from the University of Chicago, and taught at Brown University, Beloit College, and Earlham. He has received more than 30 honorary doctoral degrees, from such institutions as Oberlin College, Haverford College, Indiana University, the University of Notre Dame and Waseda University in Japan.
After his years at Earlham, Landrum served as President of the Lilly Endowment, as CEO of the Council on Foundations, and later as Rector of Notre Dame’s Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem. He is now senior counselor for the international humanitarian assistance agency Mercy Corps. He has long been deeply involved in peace efforts in the Middle East.
At the request of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), Bolling, in the 1970s, headed an international working group studying the Israeli-Palestinian confict. He was the principal author of its report published in 1970: Search for Peace in the Middle East. During the Carter Administration he served as a primary channel of communication between the White House and Yasser Arafat and the PLO. He has consulted extensively with high U.S. officials, beginning with Richard Nixon, and most especially with Jimmy Carter.