Dr. George McFarland
When I was growing up, one of my aunts would give me each year a book on the presidents of the United States. I loved them and I guess that is where my first real interest and love for history began. As well, in high school, I had two excellent history teachers, one of whom became my 'mentor teacher.' He presented history in a very organized but interesting way which caused me to think deeply about the subject. Likewise, he was a coach, so from the beginning of my search for a career it seemed that the Lord would have me teach history and to coach.
After graduating from Taylor University with a teaching degree in history, I taught and coached at Salem Academy in Salem, Oregon. In the summers I traveled back to Philadelphia to work on an MA in history from Temple University. To be closer to my family, I began teaching history at DC in 1977. Shortly after arriving, Dr. Roy Lowrie, the Headmaster, encouraged me to begin work on a Ph.D. in history, which I did at Bryn Mawr College, finishing an MA and later by 1992 a doctorate degree with concentrations in American Colonial History, Reformation History, American in the Pacific 1890 to 1974, and Modern French History. After three years of teaching, one board member approached me about becoming involved in coaching at DC. After careful prayer, I began a Cross Country team that fall, and later in the spring resurrected the track team. For me, ministry at DC is teaching students history and coaching. As my wife says, if I only taught, I would not have the privilege of ministering to some excellent athletes who otherwise would not be in my classes. At the end of the track season in 2014, I had completed my 75th season of coaching (between Cross Country, Indoor Track and Outdoor Track).
My wife, Crys, and I met at the school and see the work as a 'partnership ministry.' Our three children are K-12ers.To be honest, I could not have planned a better route for myself. The Lord's paths are best and I have never regretted offering myself each day as a 'living sacrifice' for him. (Romans 12:1,2)
I love to read historical biography, read the Bible, and jog/walk (most often in the early hours of the morning) and spend time with my family. One of my favorite history books is Robert Caro's 4 volume work on Lyndon Johnson. He writes history as it should be written: a narrative with a lot of interesting context and information. Two items in my ‘bucket list’ are to attend the 2016 Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Oregon, and to spend one week in West Virginia with the whole family.
B.S. Taylor University, M.A. Temple University, M.A. Bryn Mawr College, Ph.D. Bryn Mawr College