Julius Seelye Bixler was born on 4 April 1894 in New London, Connecticut, and died on 28 March 1985 in Weston, Massachusetts. His father, James Wilson Bixler, was educated at Amherst and Yale, studied in Germany, and then ministered in Congregational churches in Connecticut and Massachusetts. His mother, Elizabeth James, was an alumna of Smith College and the daughter of James H. Seelye, President of Amherst College. She died shortly after Julius's birth. Bixler received a BA from Amherst in 1916, then taught Latin and English for a year in Madura, India, before entering Union Theological Seminary. He found theology at the seminary limiting and, after a tour in the army during World War I, returned to Amherst where he received his MA degree in 1920. After two years lecturing on philosophy at the American University in Beirut, he continued graduate studies at Yale. He wrote his dissertation on William James and received his PhD in philosophy in 1924. From 1928 to 1929, he attended Martin Heidegger's lectures at the University of Freiburg.
From The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers in Oxford Reference.