Mr. Stillman graduated Harvard in 1929 and maintained an intellectual curiosity throughout his life. He met and corresponded with many of the leading statesmen, Catholic Church leaders, and intellectuals of his day. He prized education and as a philanthropist during his lifetime, he was indeed generous to many institutions of higher learning. He endowed a chair at Harvard, the Stillman Professor of Roman Catholic Studies, whose first Professor was the renowned Christopher Dawson.
Professor Dawson wrote over 20 books including Christianity and European Culture, Religion and the Rise of Western Culture, Religion and Culture, and the Movement of World Revolution. Professor Dawson was regarded as “the greatest English-speaking Catholic historian of the twentieth century.