Warren Hasty Carroll
Born(1932-03-24)24 March 1932
Maine, U.S.
Died17 July 2011(2011-07-17) (aged 79)
Resting placeChristendom College, Front Royal, Virginia
EducationB.A. history, Bates College
M.A. history, Columbia University
Ph.D.history, Columbia University
OrganizationChristendom College
Known forFounder of Christendom College
Author of A History of Christendom series
Notable work
  • A History of Christendom series
  • 1917: Red Banners, White Mantle
  • The Guillotine and the Cross
  • Isabel of Spain: The Catholic Queen
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Conquest of Darkness
  • The Last Crusade: Spain 1936
  • The Rise and Fall of the Communist Revolution
TitlePresident of Christendom College
SuccessorDamian Fedoryka 1985-1992
Political partyRepublican
MovementReform of Catholic higher education
Spouse(s)Anne W. Carroll, author

Warren Hasty Carroll (March 24, 1932 – July 17, 2011) was the founder and first president of Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia. He authored multiple works of Roman Catholic church history.

Early life and education

Carroll was born on March 24, 1932, in Maine, the son of Herbert Allen Carroll and Gladys Hasty Carroll, a writer. He received his B.A. in history from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, in 1953. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Columbia University. His younger sister, Sarah Watson, who died one month after Warren in 2011, and both of their parents were also Bates College graduates.[1]


Carroll served at one time in the Central Intelligence Agency's anti-communism division as a Communist propaganda analyst. From 1967 to 1972, he served on the staff of California State Senator and later U.S. Congressman, John G. Schmitz.[2]

A year after his marriage to Anne Westhoff, Carroll converted from Deism to Catholicism in 1968 and began working for the Catholic magazine Triumph. In 1977, he founded Christendom College with the help of other Catholic laymen, in particular, William H. Marshner, Jeffrey A. Mirus, Raymund P. O'Herron, and Kristin M. Burns. He served as the first president of the college, located in Front Royal, Virginia, until 1985, and chairman of its History Department until his retirement in 2002.

He was the author of Christ the King, Lord of History, Christ in the Americas, a job that would later prove most beneficial when writing his comprehensive study of international communism, and Seventy Years of the Communist Revolution, updated and re-released as The Rise and Fall of the Communist Revolution.

Carroll lived in Manassas, Virginia, with his wife Anne, founder of Seton School and Seton Home Study School.

Before his death, he returned to Christendom College each month during the school year to deliver public lectures on select historical topics, ranging from the history of Malta, Mongol leader Genghis Khan, the French Revolution, and topics from the 20th century, with lectures on Emperor Karl of Austria and the Russian Revolution in 1917. The public lectures are available for free download through iTunes. Carroll remained a member of the board of directors and played an active role in helping to guide the college through the years.


Carroll died on July 17, 2011, in Manassas, Virginia, at the age of 79, after a number of years of dealing with the effects of numerous strokes. He was interred at Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia, in a grave overlooking the Shenandoah River behind the college's Regina Coeli Hall. On September 16, 2012, Carroll's Celtic cross headstone, which is inscribed with "Truth exists. The Incarnation happened", was blessed by college chaplain Fr. Donald Planty.[3]


Christendom College, the school he founded, awarded Carroll with an honorary doctorate in humane letters in 1999, its Pro Deo et Patria Award for Distinguished Service to God and Country in 2007, and its inaugural Queen Isabel Catholic Vision of History Award in 2007. The Society of Catholic Social Scientists, an organization of which he was a board member, named him its inaugural recipient of the Pius XI Award in history in 1995.[4]

He published articles through the society's periodical, the Catholic Social Science Review.[5] Carroll is also known for his major work, the multi-volume "History of Christendom". At the time of his death, only five volumes had been published; Anne Carroll helped complete the sixth volume, published in the summer of 2013. The series presents a narrative account of Western Civilization and Catholic history from antiquity around 2000 BC through 2010.



  1. The Founding of Christendom [to 324] (1985)
  2. The Building of Christendom [324–1100] (1987)
  3. The Glory of Christendom [1100–1517] (1993)
  4. The Cleaving of Christendom [1517–1661] (2000)
  5. The Revolution against Christendom [1661–1815] (2005), co-written with Anne Carroll
  6. The Crisis of Christendom [1815–2005] (2013), co-written with Anne Carroll[6]



  1. ^ "Obituaries: Spring 2012". Bates Magazine. June 15, 2012. Retrieved 2015-10-16. Compilation including both 1953: Warren Hasty Carroll and 1962: Sally Carroll Watson.
  2. ^ "Christendom's Triumph: The Profile of Warren H. Carroll". Michael N. Kelsey. August 29, 2003. Retrieved 2015-10-16. Perhaps published by Christendom College.
  3. ^ "Christendom College Founder Dr. Warren H. Carroll Dies at 79". Christendom College. July 18, 2011. Archived from the original on February 7, 2012. Retrieved 2011-11-28.
  4. ^ "SCSS Awards". Society of Catholic Social Scientists. Retrieved September 25, 2022.
  5. ^ "Search Warren H. Carroll - Philosophy Documentation Center". www.pdcnet.org. Retrieved December 1, 2022.
  6. ^ "Review of The Crisis of Christendom". Quidquidestest.wordpress.com. 16 December 2013. Retrieved 2015-10-16.