It was a major event in American Protestantism when, in 1933, Douglas Horton translated Karl Barth's The Word of God and the Word of Man, just as it was when Walter Marshall Horton, formerly a liberal, wrote his own Realistic Theology." Hang on to that sentence from my Righteous Empire (Dial, 1970). I have to prove that I can tell the Hortons apart.
Fast-forward to last month in Tuscaloosa, where Theodore L. "Ted" Trost, new to the University of Alabama faculty, graced me with a copy of his dissertation, subtitled "A Study of Douglas Horton's Illustrative Career." That gift inspired talk about Horton and his spouse, Mildred McAfee Horton. I told some anecdotes about her as president of Wellesley. "But in your book," interrupted Ted, "you have her as president of Mount Holyoke." Uh-oh.
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