|Birth: ||Jul. 21, 1943|
|Death: ||Jul. 15, 2003|
Gerhart, John Deuel [21 Jul 1943 - 15 July 2003]
John Deuel Gerhart was born on 21 Jul 1943 in Abilene, Texas, the son of Eleanor and the Rev. Willis P. Gerhart. His father served for many years as the pastor of The Church of the Heavenly Rest (Episcopal) in Abilene.
John attended South Junior High School, Abilene and the St. Stephen's Episcopal School in Austin, Texas (instead of attending Abilene High School), then earned a degree in English and French history and literature at Harvard in 1966. While at Harvard, he wrote for the Crimson, and took a year off in 1963-64 to teach high school in Tanzania. After graduation, he spent a year on a traveling fellowship at Makerere University in Uganda. He then did graduate work at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School, earning a Masters in Public Affairs in 1969 and a PhD in 1974. In 2001 Princeton's graduate faculties named him as one of their hundred most notable alumni of the 20th century.
From 1969 until 1998 John worked in the international division of the Ford Foundation in various capacities: as advisor to the Kenyan government and Botswana Ministry of Agriculture, assistant representative for East Africa, representative for the Middle East and North Africa, deputy vice president for international programs, and regional director for Africa and Middle East programs. He was the foundation's first representative for Southern Africa, and opened the Johannesburg office in 1993. His work at Ford involved many aspects of life in developing countries, including rural development, women's rights and reproductive health, university development, land reform, human rights, and the promotion of third world arts, culture, and indigenous philanthropy.
From 1998 to 2002, John served with distinction as president of The American University in Cairo. His major achievement in these years was to complete the architectural planning and raise money for the construction of a new $250 million campus for the university. In recognition of his contributions to higher education in Egypt, President Hosni Mubarak in 2002 awarded him the country's First Class Decoration for Arts and Sciences. In June 2002 AUC conferred on him the degree of doctor of humane letters honoris causa.
John was an avid collector of African art, a gifted story-teller, and an enthusiastic birder. At one time the American Birding Association ranked him the top amateur birder for the continent of Africa. He liked to tell students that we cannot determine the length of our lives, but we can determine their depth and breadth. In this respect his own life was a model for many colleagues and friends to whom his wisdom, humor, and generosity were a source of inspiration.
John Gerhart died on 15 July 2003 at the age of 59 from cancer of the appendix. On July 26, John's ashes were interred in the memorial garden at St. Stephen's following a funeral conducted by his mentor and friend, the Rev. James Tucker.
from Published Obituary
Specifically: John's ashes were interred in the memorial garden at St. Stephen's Episcopal School in Austin, Texas
Created by: Wes Tex
Record added: Jan 25, 2013
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