Dr. William H. Marshner, one of the founding faculty members of Christendom College, gave his final lecture as a professor at the college this past week, after nearly forty years of service to Christendom. Retiring from teaching at the end of the academic year, Marshner will continue on at the college as a scholar in residence.
Over fifty alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of Christendom attended Dr. Marshner’s final lecture, honoring the beloved professor one last time.
“Dr. Marshner is not only one of America’s leading Catholic theologians — he is one of the key reasons that this institution even exists today. Seeing the amount of alumni and friends of the college come out to see him speak one last time as a professor is a true testimony to the love this community has for him,” says vice president for enrollment Tom McFadden, who studied under Marshner in the late 1980s. “He was instrumental in my own personal intellectual growth, and we wish him all the best as he retires from teaching.”
Marshner ended his teaching career at the college with a lecture in one of his most popular, upper-level theology course, “De Deo Trino,” a complex, detailed study of the Divine Trinity. Students of Marshner from the 1980s through the 2000s reminisced and congratulated Marshner at the end of the lecture, taking time to celebrate his teaching career and thank him for his many years of service to the college.
Marshner was recently honored by becoming the namesake of the first “William H. Marshner Award for Outstanding Theology Thesis,” to be awarded to an exceptional senior majoring in theology at Christendom. Graduating senior Kimberly Day was the inaugural recipient.
First encountering Christendom founder Dr. Warren Carroll while they both worked at the Catholic magazine Triumph, Marshner became one of the five founding faculty members of Christendom in 1977. Due to extensive work in the field of theology, Marshner was named the first chairman of the theology department of the college, a position he would hold for a number of years before continuing on as a professor at the college for the next thirty-eight years.
Marshner, a convert to the faith and an eminent Thomistic theologian, pursued his undergraduate studies at Gettysburg College, majoring in Greek. While pursuing a degree at the Yale graduate school, he studied Hebrew, Akkadian, Aramaic, and other Semitic languages. He earned an M.A. from the University of Dallas and his S.T.D. from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute at the Catholic University of America. Marshner has been published extensively in newspapers and academic journals, with his latest work, An Anti-Modernist Anthology, being released this year.
Marshner will continue his relationship with the college as a scholar in residence, working as an author and guest speaker.
To see Dr. Marshner’s final lecture as a professor at Christendom College, please click here.