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By Thomas Hamm
Professor of History; Curator of the Quaker Collection & Director of Special Collections

Landrum Bolling has been Earlham’s most honored president, with a connection to the college that spans six decades. It began when he joined the Earlham faculty as a professor of political science in 1948 and progressed through administrative posts to the presidency and, since 1974, to membership on the Earlham board, first as an at-large and then as a lifetime honorary trustee. Those years also saw him become a national and international figure in higher education, humanitarianism, and peacemaking.