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Hood, Robert Earl

(born: 1936  -  died: 1994) 

Robert E. Hood was born in Louisville, KY, the son of Blanche and George R. Hood. He was a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, where he was the first African American president of the student body. He was also a graduate of General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church, the University of Chicago and Oxford University.

In 1984, Hood was an administrative assistant to Bishop Desmond Tutu. A historian of religion and race, he had been a professor at the General Theological Seminary, and prior to his death, was director of the Center for African American Studies at Adelphi University.

Hood was also the author of Must God Remain Greek?: Afro cultures and God-talk, Begrimed and Black: Christian traditions on Blacks and blackness, and several other books.

For more see "Dr. Robert E. Hood, theologian, 58, dies," New York Times, 8/12/1994, p. A21; Beatty, John David, "Rev. Robert Earl Hood," at the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana Archives;  and Who's Who Among African Americans, 1994-1997.

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