Happy 102nd birthday, Landrum!
November 13, 2015
President Emeritus Landrum Bolling, Earlham's leader from 1958 to 1973, is 102 today.
Bolling came to Earlham as a professor of political science in 1948 before ascending to the presidency. He was at the helm as the College developed into a truly international institution, having a personal role in establishing the Japan Study program in Tokyo that recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, along with other opportunities for students to study abroad.
After his years at Earlham, Bolling 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 known for his ongoing efforts to achieve peace in the Middle East. At the request of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), Bolling headed an international working group studying the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He was the principal author of its report that was published in 1970 and titled “Search for Peace in the Middle East.”
During the administration of President Jimmy Carter, he served as a primary channel of communication between the White House and Yasser Arafat, the former Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
As part of his 100th birthday celebration on campus, Bolling reflected on the milestone and his tips for leading a long life.
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