Robert J Eells, is Professor of History and Political Science at Spring Arbor College in Michigan. He has taught for twenty-six years -- previously at Geneva College in Pennsylvania, Rockmont College in Colorado, and at Trinity Christian College in Illinois. Professor Eells has his B.S. from Geneva College, an M.A. from Union College in New YorkState, and a Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in American Studies. Dr. Eells is the author of two previous biographies -- Lonely Walk: the Life of Senator Mark O. Hatfield (1979) and Forgotten Saint: the Life of Theodore Frelinghuysen (1987). He is also the author of about twenty articles -- mostly about religion and politics -- and a dozen book reviews.
Because his father, Walter E. Eells, had his medical office right in his home and his own hospital across the street, many of the stories in Country Doctor were witnessed by his son, Robert, or were related directly to him by other family members, friends, or long-time patients. And because the author for a time considered medicine as a vocation, he "experienced" some of these stories existentially by assuming the role of a young "Dr. Kildare" during the 1960s -- as a high school and college student. As a result, he was privileged to witness and experience a type of medicine, which -- sadly but understandably -- no longer exists.
Dr. Eells is married to Janice (Johnson) formerly of Albuquerque, New Mexico and they have two children, Richard (14), and Anne (11).