George Stroup

Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, George Stroup excelled as an athlete at Edison High School and finished second in his junior year at the Oklahoma State meet in the one mile run. In his senior year, he was the state champion in cross country and set the state record in the two mile run. Fortunately for Rice, George accepted an athletic scholarship to come to Houston.

     As a scholar, George majored in history, and took several courses in philosophy. He wrote a senior thesis on Quaker government of Pennsylvania in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century pursuing his interest in whether a pacifist government could govern in response to violence, in this case the conflict with native Americans on the Pennsylvania frontier. His scholastic accomplishments led to his being accepted at Yale University and he spent four years there earning two masters degrees. He said, "The Quin Award was of major financial assistance to me in my first year at Yale."

     In track he was third his junior year at the Southwest Conference Meet in Cross Country and that Spring was third at the conference meet in the three mile run. While at Rice, George set the school record in the two and three mile runs.

     Following graduation from Rice, he then went to Vanderbilt University where he earned his Ph.D in Theology. He also met his wife Donna Fox there. In 1973, George was ordained to the ministry of Word and Sacrament in The Presbyterian Church (USA). His first teaching position was in 1973-1974 as an Assistant Professor of Religion in the College at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Referring to the late Bishop Clinton S. Quin, George said, "I hope Bob Quin’s father would have been pleased!" Indeed he would. Moving to Austin, Texas in 1980 George taught theology at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary from 1980 through 1985, and in January 1986, he and Donna moved to Decatur, Georgia and Columbia Theological Seminary where he is, as of 2007, the J.B. Green Professor of Theology.

     Excellence in scholarship, leadership, athletic ability and service have typified the winners of the Bob Quin Award and they have also been consistently appreciative and humble. About his being awarded the Quin medal, George said, "I will always be deeply grateful for the honor of receiving the Quin Award and the educational opportunities it enabled me to take advantage of."

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