Former theology dean Walter Muelder dies

Dedicated to global ecumenism and racial equality
Walter G. Muelder, dean of the Boston University School of Theology from 1945 to 1972, died of a heart attack on June 12 at age 97. Noted for his dedication to global ecumenism and racial equality in the post–World War II decades, Muelder continued to impress United Methodist colleagues even in his last week with his engagement in current issues.

Three days before his death, Muelder told a retirees’ lunch at his Methodist regional conference that “we retired ministers have an ongoing role to play in the conflicts, such as those on homosexuality, which threatened to split the church at the last General Conference [that ended one month earlier in Pittsburgh].”

 

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