Eric Widmer

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Dr. Eric Widmer (born 1940 in Beirut) is an American scholar and educator. He was educated at Deerfield, Williams, and Harvard. After finishing his Ph.D, he joined the faculty at Brown teaching Chinese History and would then go on to spend much of his career there as a dean. He then served as Deerfield Academy's 54th Headmaster from 1994 to 2006, and was succeeded in that post by Margarita O'Byrne Curtis. He left the school to assume the position of founding headmaster at King's Academy in Madaba, Jordan,[1][2] which began its first academic year in fall 2007. He speaks six languages including French and Chinese.

He is married to Meera Viswanathan, a longstanding member of the East Asian studies and comparative literature departments at Brown University.


  1. ^ Paumgarten, Nick (4 September 2006). "Deerfield in the Desert". The New Yorker. New York. Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Zezima, Katie (1 March 2006). "Jordan Plans to Start Its Own New England-Style Prep School". The New York Times. New York. Retrieved 19 February 2015.