Lake George runs deep in John’s family history. When John’s Scottish grandfather—a chauvinistic highlander—first visited Hague a century ago, he opined that the lake basin was not quite the land of his childhood, adding with a grin, “But it sure is close…” John’s mother grew up spending many summers at Hague and Silver Bay. In the 1950s, she brought her husband and children to Lake George of the first on many annual family vacations. During his college years, John spent summers working on the lake near Bolton Landing and, in 1995, he bought a home in Hague for his own family.
For thirty-five years, John has been a member of the faculty of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, holding the title of Professor of Sociology and Prentice Hall Distinguished Scholar. He retired from Kenyon in 2014. John is the author of the most widely read sociology textbooks, which are used throughout North America and around the world and have been translated into more than a dozen languages. For his global influence on the discipline and his innovative use of computer technology in helping students to learn, the American Sociological Association awarded John the Distinguished Contribution to Teaching Award in 2002. John is a graduate of The Lawrenceville School, and he earned a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2013, Kenyon awarded him the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.
John is an enthusiastic musician who has learned to play his grandfather’s bagpipes. He has also recorded several studio CDs of oldies rock and roll (available at www.TheSociologyPage.com). He is a passionate tennis player who can be found at the Kenyon indoor courts in the winter and on the clay courts of the Silver Bay Association during the warm season.
In addition to serving as a trustee of the Fund, John was chairman of the faculty at Kenyon, President of the Knox County Symphony Association (Ohio), and has been President of the Board of Directors of the Lake George Land Conservancy since 2005.