For immediate release November 18, 2019


Dear Friends and Fellow Members,
I am sad to announce that Dr. John Churchill, former Secretary/CEO of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, passed away on Saturday, November 16.
John was the ninth Secretary of Phi Beta Kappa, serving with great distinction from 2001 to 2016. During his tenure, he oversaw the creation of the National Arts and Sciences Initiative and the Secretary’s Circle major donor program. He also strengthened support for chapter and association officers, saw the Society successfully through two economic recessions, and established long-lasting relationships with peer organizations. In 2018, he was awarded the Phi Beta Kappa President’s Award  in recognition of his truly outstanding and extraordinary service to Phi Beta Kappa as a national organization.
Prior to arriving at Phi Beta Kappa, Churchill was the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of the College, and professor of philosophy at Hendrix College. He was a Danforth Foundation Associate, a Program Review Panelist for the National Endowment for the Humanities, a Consultant and Team Chair for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and President of the National Humanities Alliance.
A memorial service for John Churchill will be held on November 23 at 11:00 a.m. at Hendrix College in Greene Chapel, located at 1600 Washington Ave, Conway, AR 72032. An article remembering Churchill in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette can be found here.
John was a loyal supporter of Phi Beta Kappa. On a personal note, I will always be grateful for his wise counsel to me as Secretary/CEO. John’s devotion to Phi Beta Kappa was inspiring. I have expressed condolences on behalf of the Phi Beta Kappa Society to the Churchill family.

Best regards, 

Frederick M. Lawrence