William & Mary

Update on Barbara Harrison Bess

Barbara Harrison Bess was in the first group of majors in the Department in 1975.

She received her MTS in church history from Harvard in 1977 and taught at William and Mary in the fall of 1978, filling in for Prof. Holmes.  She moved to Chicago in 1981, where her husband practiced architecture and they raised their three children.  In Chicago, she taught theology and world religions at Guerin High School.  In the summer of 1996, Barbara received an NEH Summer Seminar grant to study the Reformation under Hans Hillerbrand at Duke University.  In 2001 she spent a month in India on a Fulbright-Hays Travel Grant.   She’s now in South Bend, Indiana, where her husband is on the faculty at Notre Dame, and she works in the Center for Research on Educational Opportunity.