|Birth: ||Mar. 15, 1924|
|Death: ||Oct. 8, 2011|
Arthur Holmes, emeritus professor of philosophy at Wheaton College, died on October 8. Born in 1924 in Dover, England, he served in the Royal Air Force during World War II and came to the United States in 1947. He graduated from Wheaton College, earned his Ph.D. at Northwestern University, and taught philosophy at Wheaton College for 43 years, serving for 30 years as department chair, before retiring in 1994. He authored or edited 14 books and numerous articles related to Christian perspectives in philosophy and to Christian higher education, participated in founding the Society of Christian Philosophers, and lectured across the country in Christian colleges. His numerous recognitions include two Wheaton College "Teacher of the Year" awards, a 1987 -88 "Illinois Teacher of the Year" award, the Coalition for Christian Colleges and Universities' "Mark Hatfield" award, and two honorary degrees. An active member of Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Warrenville, he is survived by Alice, his loving wife of 62 years, and by their two sons, Paul (Laura), of Stillwater, Minnesota, and Mark (Jennifer), of Galesburg, Illinois. To his six grandchildren, Evan, Carter, Graham, Emma, David, and Bailey, he was simply "Papa", and was very well loved indeed. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, October 23, at 2:00 p.m. in Pierce Chapel at Wheaton College, 501 College Ave, in Wheaton, IL. Interment will be private.
"Arthur Frank Holmes (March 15, 1924–October 8, 2011) was Professor of Philosophy at Wheaton College, Illinois (1951–1994). Before his retirement in 1994, he had served for several decades as Chairman of Wheaton's Department of Philosophy. Thereafter, he held the title of Professor Emeritus. After his retirement, he returned and taught half of the year long history of philosophy sequence, particularly the medieval (Augustine to Ockham) and the modern (Descartes to Quine) quarters in 2000-2001.
He became widely known for his body of work on topics related to philosophy, including ethics, philosophy applied to Christian higher education, and historical interactions between Christianity and philosophy. Holmes also has served as a guest lecturer at many colleges, universities, and conferences on these topics.
Holmes was a graduate of Wheaton College, where he earned an undergraduate degree in philosophy. He earned the Ph.D. in philosophy from Northwestern University in Chicago. Reportedly, before he emigrated to the United States in 1947, he had flown for the Royal Air Force in England during World War II.
Holmes died in Wheaton, Illinois, on October 8, 2011, at age 87."
Arthur Frank Holmes
Born: March 15, 1924 Dover, England, UK
Died: October 8, 2011 Wheaton, Illinois
Residence: Wheaton, Illinois
Alma mater: Wheaton College, AB (philosophy); Northwestern University, PhD (philosophy)
Occupation: Educator, Philosopher, College Professor, Ethicist, Author
Known for: Chair of Philosophy Department at Wheaton College, Christian perspectives in philosophy and to Christian higher education (14 books and numerous articles related), cofounder of the Society of Christian Philosophers, ethical decisionmaking as an Evangelical Christian, World War II Royal Air Force pilot
Religion: Evangelical Christian (Presbyterian/Reformed)
Children: Paul (Laura), of Stillwater, Minnesota, and Mark (Jennifer), of Galesburg, Illinois; six grandchildren: Evan, Carter, Graham, Emma, David, and Bailey
Awards: Two (2): Wheaton College "Teacher of the Year" awards; 1987-88 "Illinois Teacher of the Year" award; "Mark Hatfield" award (from the Coalition for Christian Colleges and Universities); two (2) honorary doctoral degrees.
Created by: Michael Harrington
Record added: Oct 12, 2011
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