David L. Holmes
Walter G. Mason Professor of Religious Studies, Emeritus, at the College of William & Mary
A native of Detroit and the son of a university coach and director of athletics revered by his athletes, David L. Holmes is Walter G. Mason Professor of Religious Studies, Emeritus, at the College of William & Mary. Holmes served as an enlisted man and as an officer in the U.S. Army. He holds degrees in English from Michigan State and Columbia universities and in Religious Studies from Princeton University. He also studied theology for several years at Duke University Divinity School and holds two honorary doctorates. During his distinguished 46-year career at William and Mary, Holmes won the Outstanding Faculty Award of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Graves Award for Sustained Excellence in Teaching, and the Thomas Jefferson Award, the highest award given at Jefferson's alma mater. He has lectured at many colleges and universities and served on multiple occasions as a visiting professor at the University of Virginia.