John English

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Dr. John Cammel English, 83, of Baldwin City, Kansas passed away April 5, 2018 in Lawrence, KS. He was born December 4, 1934 in Kansas City, MO the son of Jacob Cammel and Grace (Mortenson) English.

John graduated from Joplin High School, Joplin, MO and attended Washington University (St. Louis) where he obtained his bachelor's degree in history and was selected Phi Beta Kappa. He received his master's degree from Yale University Divinity School in 1958 and in 1965 he obtained his Doctor of Philosophy degree from Vanderbilt University.

John began his teaching career as a college teacher in 1962, retiring in 1997. After teaching for three years at Stephen F. Austin in Texas he joined faculty at Baker University in 1965, was promoted to full professor in 1968 and served as the Chair of the History and Political Science Department from 1965 to 1973 and from 1983 to 1993. He was responsible especially for courses on English History and the techniques of historical research. John fostered the teaching of Asian civilizations and promoted the humanities' role in undergraduate education.

He received a fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education to study South Asian affairs at the University of Chicago during the 1969-1970 academic year. Later he organized and directed a team-taught, interdisciplinary course in the humanities, entitled the Shaping of Western Thought.

The life and times of John Wesley, the principal founder of Methodism, was the focus of John's research. He served as Chair of the Section of Education and Research of the Historical Society of the United Methodist Church, 1989-1990. He was the first American invited to deliver the Annual Lecture of the Wesley Historical Society of Great Britain. John presented a number of papers to conferences in the United States and elsewhere and published a series of Articles on Wesley in American and foreign journals. He was the first recipient of Baker's Distinguished Scholarship award. This past February John was inducted in the Baker University Faculty Hall of Fame.

On July 29, 1966 John was united in marriage to Evonne Kludas at the Methodist church in Cherokee, IA. They have shared fifty-one years of loving marriage.

John is survived by his wife, Evonne English, Baldwin City; nephews and niece; Daniel Lundy and his wife, Lezlie, Zearing, IA, Diane Taylor and her husband, John, New Providence, IA, David Lundy, Arlington, VA.

Dr. English is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Robert English.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m., Thursday April 12, 2018 at First United Methodist Church, Baldwin City. Family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at the Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, Baldwin City. Interment will be Friday, April 13, 2018 at Oak Hill Cemetery, Cherokee, IA. Memorial contributions may be made to Church World Service and sent in c/o Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, P.O. Box 64, Baldwin City, KS 66006. Condolences may be sent to the family through lamb-roberts.com.
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Published in Lawrence Journal-World on Apr. 8, 2018
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