Former Faculty Members and Emeriti (in alphabetical order)
Mitsuo Aoki (1914–2010)
DD, Pacific School of Religion (1968)
Dr. Aoki founded the Department of Religion in 1956. He earned a B.A. degree from Drury University in Springfield, MO, and a B.D. from Chicago Theological Seminary, before receiving his Doctor of Divinity degree from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA. Some of his numerous contributions to the field of death and dying, and to hospice care, are described in the DVD Living Your Dying.
Ph.D., Harvard University (1963)
David W. Chappell (1940–2004)
Ph.D., Yale University
Emeritus Professor (2013)
Dr.Theol., University of Munich, 1968
John Charlot taught Hawaiian and Polynesian religions as well as New Testament and Religion and Art.
S. Cromwell Crawford
Th.D., Pacific School of Religion (1965)
Michael R. Saso
Ph.D., London University (1971)
Personal website: http://www.michaelsaso.org
Th.D., Pacific School of Religion (1967)
George J. Tanabe, Jr.
Ph.D., Columbia University (1983)
On January 24, 2014, George J. Tanabe, Jr. was awarded Japan’s Imperial Order of the Rising Sun. This honor comes in recognition of his contributions to the strengthening of academic and cultural exchanges between the United States and Japan, and also recognizes his outstanding research in the field of Japanese religions.