Who was John Dillenberger?
John Dillenberger (1918-2008) was a Westar Fellow and the first president of the Westar Institute Board of Directors. He was Professor Emeritus of Historical Theology at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. He was instrumental in forming the Graduate Theological Union, which he headed during its first decade, first as Dean from 1964-1969 and then from 1967 to 1972 as its first president, a post to which he returned in 1999-2000. He also served as President of Hartford Seminary, Dean of the Faculty at San Francisco Theological Seminary, Chair of the Program in History and Philosophy at Harvard University, and as President of the American Academy of Religion. Ordained in the United Church of Christ, he was a Chaplain in the United States Navy during WWII. He is the author of many books, including Benjamin West, The Visual Arts and Christianity in America, and Images and Relics: Theological Perceptions and Visual Images in Sixteenth Century Europe.