Former Earlham President Dies

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(photo courtesy Earlham College) (photo courtesy Earlham College)

The former president of Earlham College has died. Landrum Bolling, who led the Richmond campus from 1958 to 1973, was also a renowned scholar on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and served as a primary channel of communication between the White House and Yasser Arafat during President Jimmy Carter's administration. He was 104.

During his tenure as president of Earlham, Bolling hired the college's first African-American faculty member and oversaw the construction of several facilities, including the Lilly Library, Hoerner Residence Hall, Runyan Center, and Noyes and Stanley Halls.

"Landrum was an exceptional leader who loved Earlham deeply," said Earlham President Alan Price. "We are all, in many ways, indebted to Landrum’s vision for this College and his continued service and support in the decades following his presidency."

In 2002, the college named its new social sciences building after Bolling, which became known as the Landrum Bolling Center for Interdisciplinary Studies and Social Sciences. He also received the James L. Fisher Award for Distinguished Service to Education by the Council for Advancement and Support for Education in 2005.

Earlham says a memorial service for Bolling will be announced at a later date. You can read more about Bolling by clicking here.

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