Thomas F. Ramsey

Instructor in Religion
Appointed
1990

Education

B.A.
Hamilton College

M.Div.
Yale Divinity School

Biography

Mr. Ramsey’s early occupational ambitions included working in a gas station, being an archaeologist and playing professional baseball. Then he turned 6, and started a life in schools. A passion for American history led him to think about teaching, and reading A Separate Peace to dream of boarding school. Religion came into the picture only after he took a college course in Renaissance art and discovered that, despite having grown up attending church, he really didn’t know the subject matter of the paintings and sculptures he was encountering. So he took a religion course, then another, and another. After graduation he attended Yale Divinity School, where he focused on biblical studies, religion and the arts, and American religious history. Mr. Ramsey found his first teaching job at Trinity School in New York City, where he remained for 17 years, including an experimental year as a sabbatical replacement teacher at a certain boarding school in Exeter, New Hampshire. In 1998, he returned to Exeter for good.

Mr. Ramsey has taught an array of courses in the Religion Department and served as chair of the department. His favorite courses include Hinduism and BuddhismThe Bible, Faith and Doubt and Social Ethics. After a three-year affiliation with Bancroft, he moved to Hoyt Hall, where he later served as dorm head. Mr. Ramsey continues to enjoy his association with Hoyt, as well as coaching club golf, advising the Ethics Forum and the ESSO Big Sibs/Little Sibs program, and supporting the Buddhist meditation program.