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Warren Ashby

Gender: Male

Ethnicity: Caucasian

Biographical/Historical note:

Warren Ashby was born in Newport News, Virginia, in 1920. He graduated with a bachelor of arts from Maryville College in 1939, taught briefly at UNC Chapel Hill in 1946, and earned the B.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University in 1949. Following graduation, Ashby joined the faculty of Woman’s College (now UNCG) where he taught philosophy until his retirement in 1983. Ashby, who specialized in western ethics, served as head of the Department of Philosophy for twenty years. He was also founding Director of the Residential College, an ordained Methodist minister, and a recipient of the UNCG Alumni Teaching Excellence Award in 1967. He was the author of Frank Porter Graham, a Southern Liberal and A Comprehensive History Of Western Ethics: What Do We Believe?

In addition to his scholarly pursuits, Ashby participated in efforts to improve race relations in Greensboro. Ashby served on a number of local committees, including the Greensboro Human Relations Commission. From 1964 to 1966, Ashby was the Associate Director of the international affairs division of the American Friends Service Committee in Delhi, India. He is a recipient of the February One Society Award and has a lecture series and a residential college named in his honor at UNCG. Warren Ashby died on October 3, 1985.

Items created by this individual or group:
Item thumbnail image Revised statement to be presented for consideration of Faculty Council
Date: December 13, 1955
By: Warren Ashby
From: University Archives Subject Files
This undated memo from Warren Ashby to the Faculty Council of the Woman's College of the University of North Carolina (WCUNC) consists of the revised and less comprehensive text of the statement favor...
Item thumbnail image Proposed Faculty Council resolution on desegregation
Date: October 18, 1955
By: Warren Ashby
From: University Archives Subject Files
This draft resolution, presented to members of the faculty of the Woman's College of the University of North Carolina (WCUNC) by Warren Ashby on October 18, 1955, commends the university for its actio...
Item thumbnail image Oral history interview with Warren Ashby by Eugene Pfaff
Date: May 15, 1981
By: Warren Ashby
From: GreensboroVOICES Collection

In this transcript of an May 15, 1981, oral history interview conducted by Eugene Pfaff with Warren Ashby, Ashby discusses his involvement with progressive groups including the Young Women’s Christ...

Item thumbnail image Oral History Interview with Warren Ashby by William Chafe
Date: September 25, 1974
By: Warren Ashby
From: William Henry Chafe Oral History Collection

This transcript of a September 25, 1974, oral history interview conducted by William Chafe with Warren Ashby primarily documents Ashby’s membership in the Fellowship of Southern Churchmen and thoug...

Item thumbnail image Oral History Interview with Warren Ashby by William Chafe
Date: October 3, 1974
By: Warren Ashby
From: William Henry Chafe Oral History Collection

This transcript of an October 3, 1974, oral history interview conducted by William Chafe with Warren Ashby primarily documents Ashby’s membership with the Greensboro Community Fellowship and recoll...

Item thumbnail image Letters to congressmen pertaining to the Civil Rights Act
Date: July 12, 1963
By: Warren Ashby
From: Warren Ashby Papers
These two letters, dated July 12, 1963, and written by Warren Ashby, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro include statements of Ashby's position on civil rights in general and...
Item thumbnail image Letter from Warren Ashby to Benjamin L. Smith
Date: August 28, 1956
By: Warren Ashby
From: Benjamin Lee Smith Papers
This August 28, 1956 letter from Warren Ashby to Greensboro school superintendent, Benjamin L. Smith, commends Smith for his support of school desegregation, and offers support in any way needed....