Whidden, Evan McDonald, 1898-1980

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Whidden, Evan McDonald, 1898-1980

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Evan McDonald Whidden (1898-1980) was born in Galt, Ontario to Dr. Howard P. and Katherine Louise Whidden. He was educated at Brandon College. Following service in the Great War he graduated Bachelor of Arts from McMaster University (Brandon College) in 1921. He obtained a Master of Arts in history (McMaster [n.d.]) and in 1928 a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Yale. Dr.Whidden married Frances Margaret Billington in 1941. Together they had three children: Howard John (b.1943), Roberta Katherine (b. 1945) and Eric Christopher (b. 1947). Dr. Whidden served in Baptist churches in Saskatchewan and Manitoba before joining the faculty of Brandon College in 1936. In 1938, he was appointed Thomas J. Armstrong Professor of church history at Acadia University. He became Dean of the School of Theology at Acadia in 1954 and served in that capacity until 1963. He retired from the faculty of Acadia University in 1967. Dr. Whidden has written in the field of church history and education. He was awarded honorary degrees by the Pine Hill Divinity Hall, Halifax, N.S. (1950), McMaster University [n.d.]and Acadia University (1969).

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