Born: Oc­to­ber 1, 1874, St. Lou­is, Mis­so­uri.

Died: Feb­ru­ary 6, 1969, Hous­ton, Tex­as.


Winfred was the son of Dis­ci­ples of Christ min­is­ter James H. Gar­ri­son.

He earned de­grees from Eu­re­ka Col­lege, Yale Uni­ver­si­ty, and the Uni­ver­si­ty of Chi­ca­go (PhD 1897). He be­came pre­si­dent of But­ler Uni­ver­si­ty in 1904, but health con­cerns sent him west in 1906.

There he served as a de­le­gate to New Mex­ico’s con­sti­tu­tion­al con­ven­tion, and pre­si­dent of New Mex­ico Nor­mal Uni­ver­si­ty and New Mex­ico State Uni­ver­si­ty. He lat­er moved to Ca­li­for­nia, where he es­tab­lished a young men’s col­lege pre­pa­ra­tory school.

Eventually he re­turned east, where he taught phi­lo­so­phy and re­li­gious his­to­ry at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Chi­ca­go, and served as Dean of the Dis­ci­ples Di­vi­ni­ty House and li­ter­ary ed­it­or of the Chris­tian Cen­tu­ry ma­ga­zine (1923–55), and wrote ma­ny books.

After 10 years of re­tire­ment, he an­swered a call to lead the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hous­ton School of Phi­lo­so­phy, where he taught for 13 years in­to his late 80’s.



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