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Bode, Boyd Henrylocked

(04 October 1873–29 March 1953)
  • Craig Kridel


Bode, Boyd Henry (04 October 1873–29 March 1953), professor of philosophy and philosophy of education, was born in Ridott, Illinois, the son of Henry (Hendrik) Bode, a farmer and minister of the First Christian Reformed church, and Gertrude Weinenga. Bode’s family, although Dutch, was part of a religious migration of Germans to the United States in 1848. They settled first in Holland, Michigan, and then moved to northern Illinois, where Boyd was born as Boyo Hendrik Bode. In the late 1870s the family purchased farm land and moved to Iowa. Bode was the eldest son in a family of eight children and the only one allowed to pursue an education (as was customary so that he could follow his father into the ministry). His primary and secondary schooling consisted of Christian schools and Calvinist doctrine; however, the family permitted him to attend William Penn College (affiliated with the Friends) in Oskaloosa, Iowa, where he received an A.B. in 1896. Bode took a second A.B. at the University of Michigan in 1897 and then went on to study European philosophy at Cornell University, where he completed his Ph.D. in 1900 with a dissertation titled the “Principle of Gratia Gratum in the Ethics of Saint Thomas Aquinas.” In 1903 Bode married Bernice Ballard; they had two children....

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