Eakin, Thomas

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(1871- )

Knox College


Pastoral Theology

Old Testament

Principal, Knox College (1926-1940)

Thomas Eakin was born in Northern Ireland on January 30, 1871 and emigrated to Canada in 1891. Graduating from the University of Toronto with his Bachelor's degree in 1896 and from Knox College in 1899, he moved to Guelph and served as Minister of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church from 1899 to 1905. While at St. Andrew's, he studied under McCurdy at the Department of Orientals at the University of Toronto and obtained his Ph.D. in 1905 on the basis of his thesis "The Text of Habakkuk, Chapter I: 1-11, 4". He then began teaching undergraduates in the Department of Orientals and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1910. In 1912 Eakin resigned his teaching position to study law. Throughout the period from 1906 to 1915 he served as Assistant Minister at St. Andrew's, King Street, in Toronto. With the resignation of the senior Minister in May of 1915, Eakin was called to St. Andrew's and was inducted on October 5, 1915,. In late 1918 and early 1919 he served as a speaker in Britain for the Canadian Y.M.C.A. as part of that organization's 'Citizenship Campaign'. Upon his return he was appointed by the 1920 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church to a teaching chair at Presbyterian College in Montreal. He remained at Presbyterian College until Church Union in

1925, at which point he was appointed to the chair of Old Testament at Knox College, Toronto, and was soon thereafter appointed Principal. From: http://individual.utoronto.ca/hayes/Canada/eakins.htm