Bayard Dodge

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Bayard Dodge (1888–1972) was an Islamic scholar and former president of the American University in Beirut. The son of Cleveland Hoadley Dodge and Grace Wainwright Parish, he graduated from Princeton University in 1909.[1] Dodge succeeded his father-in-law, Howard Bliss, as president of the American University in Beirut, then known as the Syrian Protestant College, in 1923.[2] His great uncle, Reverend David Stuart Dodge, had also been one of the first professors to teach at the faculty in the 1860s.

Bayard Dodge would serve as president until he retired in 1948; afterwards he taught at several universities.[1] His son, David S. Dodge, would later serve the same role.[3] Dodge wrote a comprehensive history of Al-Azhar Mosque in 1961, a work that remains among the most complete histories of one of the most well known mosques and universities in the Arab world.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Bayard Dodge Collection of Photographs of the Middle East". Princeton University Library Manuscripts Division. 
  2. ^ "Bayard Dodge Head of Beirut College". The New York Times Company. 6 October 1922. 
  3. ^ Hijazi, Ihsan (21 July 1982). "Lebanon and P.L.O join in search for American". The New York Times. p. 8. 
  4. ^ Summerfield, Carol; Devine, Mary; Levi, Anthony, eds. (1998), International Dictionary of University Histories, Taylor & Francis, p. 13, ISBN 978-1-884964-23-7 
  5. ^ Dodge, Phyllis (1987). Tales of the Phelps-Dodge Family. New York Historical Society. p. Inside front cover.