Glen F. Chesnut

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Glen F. Chesnut

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Born June 28, 1939 in Springfield in southwestern Ohio, where my father worked as a photoengraver making plates for color printing at the Crowell-Collier Publishing Company, which among other things published two popular American magazines, Collierís and Womanís Home Companion.

We moved to Louisville, Kentucky, a month or two before my brother John was born on July 9, 1943. My father worked as a photoengraver for Standard Gravure (a printing plant connected to the Louisville Courier-Journal and Louisville Times newspapers).

In 1944, I started kindergarten at I. M. Bloom School in Louisville.

Around 1947, the year I turned eight, we moved to San Antonio, Texas, where my father was art director of the Sunday magazine section of the San Antonio Express. Our first residence was on Claremont Avenue, and I went to Lamar Elementary School.

In 1950, the summer I turned eleven, we moved to Sheridan Drive (the street was later renamed Terra Alta) in the Alamo Heights suburb of San Antonio. I went to Alamo Heights High School.

In 1952, the year I turned thirteen, we moved back to Louisville, Kentucky, where my father initially went back to his old job as a photoengraver at Standard Gravure, and I went to Highland Junior High School for ninth grade.

From 1953 to 1956, I attended Atherton High School in Louisville and graduated in June 1956.

From 1956 to 1960, I was a student at the University of Louisville and graduated with a B.S. in chemistry (including a good deal of work on nuclear physics and radiation-induced chemical reactions).

From September 1960 to the end of the summer of 1961, I was a graduate student at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, and worked at the Ames Atomic Energy Laboratory. I majored in physical chemistry, with a minor in nuclear and atomic physics.

From 1961 to 1965, I was a student at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. I was ordained deacon in the Methodist Church in 1963 and elder in 1964.

In 1965, I went to Oxford University on a Fulbright Fellowship, and began working on my doctorate with S. L. Greenslade (the Regius Professor of Ecclesiastical History) and Peter Brown (who was then at All Souls College).

In 1968, I returned to the United States and took a position as Acting Assistant Professor in the Religious Studies at the University of Virginia.

In 1970, I took a position at Indiana University at South Bend, teaching Ancient and Medieval History and Religious Studies.

In the autumn of 1971, I finished my doctoral thesis for Oxford University and passed my oral examination. The D. Phil. was formally awarded in January 1972.

In 1978, I won the Prix de Rome in Classics, and spent 1978-79 in Italy as a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome.

From 1984 to 85, I held a joint appointment as Professor of History at Boston University (teaching ancient Greek and Roman history) and Professor of Theology at Boston School of Theology.

In 2001, I became the Director of the Hindsfoot Foundation, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1993 for the publication of materials on the history and theory of alcoholism treatment and the moral and spiritual dimensions of recovery.

In May 2003, I retired from my position as Professor of History and Religious Studies at Indiana University South Bend and became Emeritus Professor.

I continued my work as Director of the Hindsfoot Foundation, and we published a series of books over the years that followed:

Nancy Olson, With a Lot of Help from Our Friends: The Politics of Alcoholism, edited by Glenn F. Chesnut, March 2003.

Sgt. Bill S. with Glenn F. Chesnut, Ph.D., On the Military Firing Line in the Alcoholism Treatment Program: The Air Force Sergeant Who Beat Alcoholism and Taught Others to Do the Same, July 2003.

Richard M. Dubiel, The Road to Fellowship: The Role of the Emmanuel Movement and the Jacoby Club in the Development of Alcoholics Anonymous, edited by Glenn F. Chesnut, January 2004.

Mel B., Three Recovery Classics: As a Man Thinketh (by James Allen), The Greatest Thing in the World (by Henry Drummond), An Instrument of Peace (the St. Francis Prayer), September 2004.

Glenn F. Chesnut, The Factory Owner & the Convict, Vol. 1 of Lives and Teachings of the A.A. Old Timers, April 2005.

Glenn F. Chesnut, The St. Louis Gambler & the Railroad Man, Vol. 2 of Lives and Teachings of the A.A. Old Timers, June 2005.

Glenn F. Chesnut, Changed by Grace: V. C. Kitchen, the Oxford Group, and A.A., September 2006.

Jane S., Q & A: Alcoholism and Sobriety, edited by Glenn F. Chesnut, March 2007.

Ernest Kurtz, Shame & Guilt, second edition, revised and updated, July 2007.

Annette R. Smith, Ph.D., The Social World of Alcoholics Anonymous: How It Works, edited by Glenn F. Chesnut, December 2007.