Harold Rideout Willoughby was born in North Haverhill, New Hampshire, on March 3, 1890. After receiving the A.B. degree ( 1915) and an M.A. degree in Classics ( 1916) at Wesleyan University, he took a B.D. degree in 1918 from Garrett Biblical Institute. He also held the positions of Squire Teaching Fellow in Greek at Wesleyan University ( 1915-16) and Gustavus F. Swift Fellow at American University ( 1919-20). He then came as a student to the University of Chicago, where he pursued work in the Divinity School with specialization in New Testament studies. Following an interruption by World War I, in which he served as a chaplain and a sergeant in the field artillery, he completed his academic course and received the Ph.D. degree summa cum laude in 1924. In the same year he was appointed to the faculty of the Divinity School and the Department of New Testament and Early Christian Literature at the University of Chicago. After an eventful and distinguished career of over thirty years he reached retirement age and on July 1, 1955, became Professor Emeritus of Early Christian Origins.
Special honors which have come to him include election to Phi Beta Kappa, eight special lectureships, two honorary degrees (D.D., Litt.D.), and membership in a dozen learned societies. Of these and other activities one may read in Who's Who in America, World Biography, and similar sources. The scholarly and wide-ranging aspects of his special interests are evident in the bibliography of his writings which accompanies this sketch. Among these special concerns one may mention particularly his notable contributions in areas of early Christian origins and backgrounds, exemplified by his widely known Pagan Regeneration, and in New Testament and Byzantine art and iconography, exemplified by such studies as that of the Rockefeller-McCormick New Testament, and in Early Christian archeology and English Bible. During his presidency of the Chicago Society of Biblical Research in 1945-46 he conceived and carried to subsequent publication the monumental symposium, The Study of the Bible Today and Tomorrow. As may be seen also from