Henry W. Dinkmeyer was born in Carlinville, Illinois in 1892 and graduated from Elmhurst College in 1911. He received ministerial training at Eden Theological Seminary and then attended Yale Divinity School and the University of Chicago, where he received an M. A. degree. Dinkmeyer was the minister of Bethany Church in Chicago for 28 years, during which time he was chairman of the board of Elmhurst College and a member of the Board of Eden. He was appointed president of the College in 1948 and served until his death in 1957. He was married to Lois Ely.
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