for Peace in the Middle East, published in 1970, was translated into many
languages and began Dr. Bolling's lifetime quest to help bring about
peace in the Holy Land between Jews and Palestinians. His
profound and original thinking at the time helped inspire what was to
become known more than a decade later as the "Two-State
Solution". In pursuit of this goal Dr. Bolling personally
knew and worked with many of the political and social leaders in the
Middle East, met in the White House with President Nixon, and served as
an unofficial interlocutor between President Carter and Yasser Arfat.
Trained as a political
scientist at the University of Tennessee and the University of Chicago,
Dr. Bolling served on the faculties of Beloit College, Brown University
and Earlham College, where he was president for 15 years. He was also a
research professor at The Institute for the Study of Diplomacy of
Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.
Dr. Bolling also served as President of the Lilly Endowment, one of the largest grant-making foundations in the world, and as Chief Executive Officer of the Council on Foundations.
Over the past 35 years, Dr. Bolling was drawn repeatedly in the study of the Arab-Israeli conflict and became personally acquainted with a number of the leading political personages on both sides. Beginning in the administration of President Jimmy Carter, when direct official communication between Washington and the PLO was forbidden, he was one of the informal, "nonofficial" links entrusted with delivering messages between the White House and the State Department and top Palestinian leaders.
Dr. Bolling was for many years a senior advisor and Board Member of Conflict Management Group in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a nonprofit agency that originated from the Harvard University Program in Negotiation, and is now a division of Mercy Corps. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for International Policy in Washington.
has served as a senior advisor to Mercy Corps for much of the
organization's history. He was for more than three years Mercy Corps'
senior representative in the Balkans, stationed in Sarajevo. In working
with local and national government officials, religious leaders and
non-governmental organizations in Bosnia he developed initiatives for
inter-ethnic and inter-religious cooperation and recognition. In
2008 the new Mercy Corps headquarters on top of the Mount of Olives in
Jerusalem was dedicated to Dr. Bolling with him in attendance.
now works out of the Mercy Corp office in Washington, DC as a senior
advisor on matters of policy and program development. He also serves as
President of Pax World Service, a Mercy Corps affiliate that promotes
has received more than 30 honorary doctorates from U.S. and foreign
universities. In June of 2000 he was honored, along with Senator George
Mitchell, with a "Peacemaker/Peace Builder" award by the National Peace
Foundation. The University of Tennessee at Knoxville awarded Bolling, a
1933 graduate, with its prestigious Founders Medal in 1998. Similar
recognition has been accorded him by Earlham College, where the Landrum Bolling Center for the Social Sciences and
Interdisciplinary Studies was dedicated in 2002. In 2005
Dr. Bolling received the CASE award for his life service to
education. In 2010 Dr. Bolling received the lifetime
achievement aware from the National Council on U.S. Arab Relations
FROM EARLHAM COLLEGE
The Landrum Bolling Center for Interdisciplinary Studies and Social Sciences at Earlham College
currently director at large of Mercy Corps International, a nonprofit
voluntary organization that exists to alleviate suffering, poverty and
oppression by helping build secure, productive and just communities.
For two years after the cessation of hostilities in Bosnia, he assisted
Mercy Corps in projects of economic development and reconstruction in
the devastated city of Sarajevo and throughout Bosnia. Landrum is also
senior advisor and board member of the Conflict Management Group in
Cambridge, Massachusetts, and senior fellow at the Center for
International Policy in Washington, D.C.
Landrum has worked a lifetime to unite disparate peoples into peaceful relationships founded on mutual respect and equal justice. In that same spirit of unity, the Landrum Bolling Center for Interdisciplinary Studies and Social Sciences at Earlham will bring together separate but interrelated and mutually informing disciplines into a common home where they may better thrive. We can think of no better tribute to Landrum Bolling, whose life is a continuing testimony to mutual understanding.