P. Thomas Finkbeiner (1939-40)

Thomas Finkbeiner received his bachelor’s degree in 1894 in his native Canada. He then earned the Bachelor of Divinity degree from ETS in 1896, Master of Philosophy from North Central College in 1904, and Master of Arts from University of Chicago in 1922. North Central College awarded him an honorary doctorate in 1939.

After a short period in the ministry, Mr. Finkbeiner began his teaching career in 1902 as assistant professor of German at NCC. He went on to hold positions of professor, acting Dean (1939-44), and Registrar from 1904 to 1942 (the first person to do so).

At the time of his retirement in 1945 there were many expressions of gratitude for “the stimulating teaching of this man whose broad humanity, wise counsel, and liberal philosophy have meant so much to past student generations. Professor Finkbeiner has probably been not only father confessor but also guide and counselor of more students than any other one teacher in the College.”

Served as a member of the Committee on Investments of the Board of Trustees of NCC and a director of the Naperville National Bank. Named Professor Emeritus of German in 1945. Received the Distinguished Alumnus award in 1955.

(b. 1870)