Education: American at Oxford

To American tourists outside Oxford University's Christ Church, the stern, spectacled Anglican clergyman in flowing red, white and black robes looked as authentically Oxonian as the sweeping Tom Quad that he strode across so swiftly. But the Rev. Dr. Cuthbert Aikman Simpson, 67, is in fact an American. Last week he became the first U.S. citizen ever named dean of a Church of England cathedral. And as dean of Christ Church, Dr. Simpson also becomes head of its renowned annex, Oxford's Christ Church College, familiarly known as "The House."

Born in Nova Scotia, the...

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