Harry Yeide Jr., 82, who taught religion courses at George Washington University from 1963 until his retirement in 2009, died Feb. 6 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville.

He had complications from a stroke, said his son, Harry Yeide III.

Dr. Yeide, a Gaithersburg resident, served as the assistant dean of GWU’s Columbian College from 1967 to 1979, and he chaired the school’s religion department from 1979 to 1991 and again from 1993 to 1997.

He received the university’s Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Prize for teaching excellence in 1998, and he played a major role in the establishment of a Columbian College program in peace studies.

Harry Elwood Yeide Jr., a native Washingtonian, was a 1949 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School. He received a bachelor’s degree from Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., in 1953 and then studied for a year at the University of Cologne in Germany as a Fulbright scholar. In 1957, he received a bachelor of divinity degree from New York City’s Union Theological Seminary.

He was ordained as a Lutheran minister in 1962, and he served briefly as a pastor in Smithsburg, Md., before receiving a doctorate in theology from Harvard University in 1966.

He moved to Asbury Methodist Village in Gaitherburg from Silver Spring last year.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Elizabeth Houck Yeide of Gaithersburg; three children, Harry Yeide III of Hyattsville, Martha Yeide of Olney and Katherine Eynon of Reading, Pa; a sister; four grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

— Megan McDonough