Geert Egberts Boer

Geert Egberts Boer
Born 1832
Roderwolde, Drenthe, The Netherlands
Died 1904
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Cause of death Heart Attack
Occupation Calvin College
Title Docent
Term 1876-1902
Predecessor None
Successor Albertus John Rooks
Spouse(s) Jetske Holtrop
Children E.H. Boer
Jessie Boer
Roelfina Boer
Gerard A. Boer
William Boer
Lena Bruinooge

Geert Egberts Boer was the docent of what became Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, from 1876 to 1902.

Boer was born in Roderwolde, in the Netherlands[1] and graduated in 1864 from the theological school in Kampen. Afterwards he joined the ministry. In 1873, Boer was called to Grand Rapids, Michigan and in 1876, the Synod of the Christian Reformed Church appointed him the first professor of their newly established theological school. Using his own books and a curriculum modeled on the one used in Kampen, Boer opened the school which later became Calvin Theological Seminary and its offshoot Calvin College. Boer is also noted for encouraging the growth of Christian primary education. In 1986, the Boer-Bennink residence hall was opened in Calvin College named after Boer because of his significant contributions to Christian education, the Christian Reformed Church, and Calvin College.[2]


  1. Geert Boer, Heritage Hall, Calvin College
  2. Boer-Bennink Hall, Residence Life, Calvin College
Preceded by
President of Calvin College
Succeeded by
Albertus John Rooks
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