Alice L. Eckardt

Alic Eckardt

Title: Professor Emerita
Lehigh University
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States

Alice Eckardt, Professor Emerita at Lehigh University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in religious studies education.

Horrified by the events of WWII, the destruction of synagogues, and the imprisonment of Jewish people, Ms. Eckardt knew she wanted to work in a field that would educate people about such injustices to ensure they would never happen again. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Oberlin College in 1944 and a Master of Arts from Lehigh University in 1966 where she taught throughout her career. Ms. Eckardt served as a lecturer in the religious studies department, became an assistant professor, established the Jewish Studies Program and advanced to the role of full professor before she obtained professor emerita status at the university in 1987. Ms. Eckardt’s fondly recalls reading books by Elie Wiesel, critically acclaimed author and a Holocaust survivor and is grateful to have met and worked with him.

In addition to her time at Lehigh University, Ms. Eckardt was a member of the Christian Scholars on Judaism and the Jewish People from 1973 to 2015 and was a board member of the Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding at Muhlenberg College from 1989 to 2017. She served on the board of directors at the Anne Frank Institute, was on National Advisory Board Foundation to Sustain Righteous Gentiles from 1987 to 1989, was a founding member Citizens Advancement Committee for Southern Lehigh Schools. She holds a membership with the American Academy of Religion, the American Professors for Peace in the Middle East, and Lehigh University Women’s Club. Ms. Eckardt is pleased that the role of women in churches is changing and is glad that there are many women who have contributed to those changes. As a testament to her success, Ms. Eckardt has been the recipient of the Human Relations Award from the American Jewish Committee and has been featured in the fourth edition of Who’s Who in Religion.

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