Warren H. Carroll
|Born||24 March 1932|
|Died||17 July 2011 (aged 79)|
Manassas, Virginia, U.S.
|Resting place||Christendom College, Front Royal, Virginia|
|Education||B.A. history, Bates College |
M.A. history, Columbia University
Ph.D.history, Columbia University
|Known for||Founder of Christendom College |
Author of A History of Christendom series
|Title||President of Christendom College|
|Successor||Damian Fedoryka 1985-1992|
|Movement||Reform of Catholic higher education|
|Spouse(s)||Anne W. Carroll, author|
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Warren H. 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.
The son of Herbert Allen Carroll and regional writer Gladys Hasty Carroll, Warren Hasty Carroll was born on March 24, 1932 in Maine. He received his B.A. in history from Bates College in 1953 and 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 Bates College graduates.
He served at one time in the CIA's anti-communism division as a Communist propaganda analyst, a job that would later prove most beneficial when writing his comprehensive study of international Communism, Seventy Years of the Communist Revolution (updated and re-released as The Rise and Fall of the Communist Revolution). During 1967-1972 he served on the staff of California State Senator, later U.S. Congressman, John G. Schmitz.
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, as well as the chairman of the History Department until his retirement in 2002. At the time of his death, Carroll lived in Manassas, Virginia with his wife Anne, the founder of Seton School (Manassas, Virginia) and Seton Home Study School, as well as the author of Christ the King, Lord of History, as well as Christ in the Americas.
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 the country of Malta, the 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. These 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 (at the age of 79), after a number of years of dealing with the effects of numerous strokes, and was buried on July 26, 2011, in a grave overlooking the Shenandoah River, behind the college's Regina Coeli Hall, where he spent so much of his time while working at Christendom. On September 16, 2012, Carroll's Celtic cross headstone (inscribed with "Truth exists. The Incarnation happened.") was blessed by college chaplain Fr. Donald Planty.
Carroll has received numerous awards throughout his academic career. Christendom College, the school he founded, awarded him 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.
He had published articles through the Society's periodical, the Catholic Social Science Review. 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. Together, the series presents a narrative account of Western Civilization and Catholic history from antiquity (about 2000 BC) through the year 2010.