John Dillenberger, an instrumental founder of the nine-school Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, died February 7 at his home in El Cerrito at the age of 89. A professor emeritus of historical theology at GTU, Dillenberger developed a strong interest in art history, writing several books on the subject. Ordained in what is now the United Church of Christ, Dillenberger was a navy chaplain in World War II and taught at Columbia and Harvard universities before serving as dean and president of GTU from the mid-1960s to 1972; he returned as acting president in 1999-2000. He had also served as president of Hartford Seminary from 1978 to 1983 and of the American Academy of Religion in 1987, and had served on the board of the Jesus Seminar and Westar Institute in Santa Rosa, California.


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