List of Bob Jones University people

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This is a list of notable people associated with Bob Jones University.

Notable graduates[edit]

Notable faculty and staff[edit]

  • Jim Berg (b. 1952), Dean of Students, 1981-2010; author, seminar instructor in biblical counseling and leadership development.
  • Carl Blair (b. 1932), painter and sculptor.
  • Emery Bopp (1924-2007), painter and sculptor; chair, Division of Art, 1953-92.[1]
  • Walter Fremont (1924-2007), Dean of the School of Education, professionalized BJU's education curriculum; leader in the Christian school movement. The University fitness center is named in his honor.[2]
  • Dwight Gustafson (1930-2014), conductor and composer. Gustafson assumed the position of acting dean of the BJU School of Fine Arts in 1954, when he was 24 years old, and served as dean for forty years. Outside fundamentalist circles, he is best known for the more than 160 musical compositions he has written and arranged, including a violin concerto, five film scores, three one-act operas, and a number of extended works, notably Three Psalms for Chorus and Orchestra (1989). In 1999, the Dwight Gustafson Fine Arts Center was dedicated in his honor.[3]
  • Robert Kirthwood "Lefty" Johnson (1910-1971), University business manager from 1935 until his death. A residence hall is named for him.
  • Darell Koons, (b. 1924), painter.
  • Eunice Hutto Morelock (1904-1947), mathematics professor; one of the first female academic deans of a coeducational college in the United States.[4] A wing of the Bob Jones Academy quadrangle is named in her honor.
  • Laurence Morton, chairman of the BJU piano department for more than forty years.
  • Robert N. Schaper, evangelical theologian, resigned from the BJU faculty in 1952 and completed his academic career at Fuller Theological Seminary.
  • Katherine Corne Stenholm (b. 1917), founding director of the University's Unusual Films studio; one of the first women film directors in America; keynote speaker at the Cannes Film Festival, 1958.[5]
  • Jamie Langston Turner (b. 1949), novelist; her novel A Garden to Keep won 2002 Christy Award; her Winter Birds was named one of the "one hundred best books" of 2006 by Publishers Weekly.[6]

Notable honorary degree recipients[edit]

Notable benefactors[edit]

  • W. J. Barge (1898-1968), founding member of the American Board of Abdominal Surgeons and president of the Miami Christian Businessman's Committee. Barge Memorial Hospital, the University's infirmary, was dedicated in his memory in 1968.
  • David D. Davis (1917-2002), founder, D.D. Davis Construction Co., Youngstown, Ohio; philanthropist; member BJU Board of Trustees for 31 years. The Davis Field House (as well as two buildings in Youngstown) are named in honor of Davis and his wife, Velma.
  • Bibb Graves, two-term governor of Alabama (1927—31, 1935–39). Although Graves was Exalted Cyclops (chapter president) of the Montgomery branch of the Ku Klux Klan when he was first elected governor, he was also a progressive who sought to improve public education in Alabama. Graves served as a member of the board of trustees of Bob Jones College and a BJU residence hall was named for him until 2011.[8]
  • Lillian R. Howell (1876-1958), native of Bridgeport, Connecticut; although she never visited the campus nor met any of the Joneses, at her death, she left the bulk of her estate to BJU. The Howell Memorial Science Building is named in her honor.[9]
  • John Sephus Mack (1880-1940), early twentieth century entrepreneur who (with Walter C. Shaw) created G.C. Murphy Stores, a regional chain of more than two hundred "five and dimes" headquartered in McKeesport, PA. Mack was a significant contributor to Bob Jones College during the Depression—when Murphy Stores were actually expanding—and he underwrote major building projects on the Cleveland campus. Mack also gave business advice to Bob Jones, Sr. and "Lefty" Johnson before his death in 1940. The BJU library is named for him and a residence hall for his wife.[10]
  • Robert Lee McKenzie (1870-1956), developer and first mayor of Panama City, Florida. The college charter was signed in the office/library of his home, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[11] The Dixon-McKenzie Dining Common is named in honor of him, his wife, and his sister-in-law, Mary Elizabeth Dixon.
  • Agnes Moorehead, actress of Bewitched fame, willed her Ohio estate to BJU. Moorehead's father was a Presbyterian minister, and in 1921, when Agnes Moorehead was an undergraduate at Muskingum College, New Concord, Ohio—a Presbyterian school founded by her uncle—the college presented an honorary degree to Bob Jones, Sr..
  • James Y. Smith (1874-1953), owner of Smith Cafeteria, South Bend, Indiana; a chance meeting with Bob Jones, Sr. led to a friendship and increasing financial contributions to BJU. A residence hall is named in his honor.

Notable former students (non-graduates)[edit]

  • Billy Graham, evangelist, attended one semester.
  • Katherine Helmond, actress, attended one year and had role in Unusual Films' "Wine of Morning" (1955).
  • John F. MacArthur, radio preacher; pastor, Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, California; president, The Master's College; attended two years.
  • Fred Phelps, pastor of Westboro Baptist Church and perhaps best known for his "God Hates Fags" website and public protests. His association with the school ended abruptly after three semesters. Phelps once claimed he left because of opposition to the school's racial policies. In 1994, BJU employees told the Topeka Capital Journal that Phelps was expelled due to mental instability. In 2006 and 2009, Phelps—who has picketed BJU as well as funerals of servicemen—denied that he had ever attended the University.[12]
  • Charles D. Provan. His Bible and Birth Control provides a theological justification for Quiverfull; attended two years.
  • Chris Sligh, American Idol finalist during season 6; attended three-and-a-half years.


  1. ^ Bopp obituary; Bopp memorial article in the Greenville News, February 3, 2007
  2. ^ Turner, Standing Without Apology, 282-84; Fremont obituary
  3. ^ Turner, Standing Without Apology, pp. 284-86.
  4. ^ Reflecting God's Light, 11.
  5. ^ Stenholm biography at IMDB.
  6. ^ Biographical information on Turner
  7. ^ Former Georgia Gov. Maddox dies Wednesday, June 25
  8. ^ Biography of Graves from the Alabama state web site; Dalhouse, Island in the Lake of Fire, 36; Dictionary of American Biography, Sup. 3: 317-18.
  9. ^ Melton Wright, Fortress of Faith: The Story of Bob Jones University (Greenville, SC: Bob Jones University Press, 1984), 89.
  10. ^ Information on Mack and Murphy stores; Turner, Standing Without Apology, 59-60, 350
  11. ^ Biographical information on McKenzie from Florida Heritage website
  12. ^ News article from the Columbia (SC) State[dead link]; [1]