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Dr. John Bailey | Inducted June 13, 1997

Dr. John Stephen Bailey, Soldier, International Educator Born January 11, 1929

Dr. John Stephen Bailey’s quest for education and excellence has taken him around the world to success internationally. Bailey has excelled in every endeavor he has undertaken.

As a soldier, Bailey served the United States Army. He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, Infantry, upon graduation from Boston University in 1951. He became a Combat Infantry Officer, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd U.S. Division. He was awarded three Campaign Stars: Korean Summer-Fall 1952; Third Korean Winter; and Korean Summer 1953. Bailey was also awarded the Combat Infantry Badge and decorated for Valor by the governments of France, Korea, and the United States of America. During the Berlin Crisis, he was recalled to Active Duty as a Major, Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., 1961-1962. He was promoted to Full Colonel in 1967.

As an educator, Bailey was Assistant to the President of Northeastern University, Asa S. Knowles and Dean of University College in Boston, Massachusetts, from 1957-1969; President of Nasson College in Maine from 1969-1975, President of the American College of Greece in Athens from 1975-2008, and President of Attica Tradition Educational Foundation in Athens, Greece. As an educator, he touched the lives of more Greek students than any American educator in the history of Greece. He was a trustee of: Lebanese American University, Beirut, Lebanon; Franklin College, Lugano, Switzerland; and John Cabot University, Rome, Italy. Bailey is President Emeritus of the Association of American International Colleges and Universities, and a European Council Member of the International Association of University Presidents.

Bailey has received many honors and awards, including the Finis Engleman Award for Distinguished Leadership in International Higher Education from the Near East South Asia of Overseas Schools, New Delhi, India; the Leadership in International Education Award from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Athens, Greece; and the Leadership in International Education Award from the Institute of American Universities, Aix-en-Provence, France. He has also received honorary degrees from Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts; Nasson College, Springvale, Maine; New England College, Henniker, New Hampshire and The American College of Greece, Athens, Greece.

Bailey has been appointed “Archon Protonotarios of the Ecumenical Throne” by His All Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew conferred in Istanbul, Turkey.

Bailey was initiated into Battle Green Chapter in Lexington, Massachusetts, in 1944. He served as Master Councilor 1945-1946. He received the Degree of Chevalier in 1948; he received the Legion of Honor in 1966. Bailey was inducted into the DeMolay Hall of Fame on June 13, 1997.

“The DeMolay experience lasts a lifetime. It begins with the inspired and ever-inspiring ritual. The wisdom behind those words gives each new member a moral North Star to guide him for all the years ahead. Practical opportunities abound in DeMolay to learn teamwork–the true foundation of leadership. Is it any wonder that DeMolay develops so many outstanding leaders in all the important fields of human endeavor?”