F. Washington "Tony" Jarvis


Director, Educational Leadership and Ministry Program

Phone:203 432 8538

F. Washington “Tony” Jarvis is an Episcopal priest who served from 1974 to 2004 as headmaster of The Roxbury Latin School in Boston.  Earlier, from 1964 to 1971, he was curate at St. Paul’s Church in Cleveland, where he conducted a city-wide youth ministry.  In 1971 he was appointed chairman of the History Department at University School in Cleveland, and the following year Assistant Director, Upper School. After retiring from Roxbury Latin, prior to going to Yale he served twice as a chaplain and master at Eton College in England, and as scholar-in-residence at schools in Perth and Sydney, Australia. He is past president of the Headmasters Association of the United States and of the Country Day School Headmasters Association, and former chairman of the Commission on Independent Schools of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.  He has been a trustee of the Independent School Association of Massachusetts, Winsor School, the American Friends of Maru a Pula, a school in Botswana, and currently serves on the Board of Regents of Portsmouth Abbey School.  Since 1976 he has been priest associate at All Saints’ Church, Ashmont, in Dorchester, MA, an inner city parish.  He is the author of six books and numerous articles in the fields of history, education, and religion.  His most recent book, With Love and Prayers, a collection of forty addresses to students, won the Christopher Award for adult non-fiction.  He holds honorary doctorates from Bowdoin College and Middlebury College. He is a frequent speaker on “The Deepest Needs of Teenagers and Twenty-Somethings” at international conferences.   


A.B. Harvard College
M.A. Cambridge University
S.T.B. Episcopal Theological School
L.H.D. Bowdoin College
D.Litt. Middlebury College


Fr. Jarvis is Director of the ELM (Educational Leadership and Ministry) Program which seeks to prepare students to work as administrators, chaplains, teachers of religion, and counselors in schools and colleges. He teaches two courses: REL 848 Leadership Ministry in School; and REL 875, an advanced seminar on Leadership Ministry in Schools and Colleges.


Fr. Jarvis is passionate about art and architectural history. Each year in Boston, he gives three series of six lectures each on ancient Greece, medieval England and France, and Renaissance Florence. He is also very interested in liturgical music and the Cleveland Indians.