The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Roger Kahle dies

Roger Raymond Kahle, 55, died Dec. 1 at his home in Arlington Heights, Ill. He had been managing editor of The Lutheran since October 1987, when editorial staff began work on the first issue — Jan. 6, 1988 — of the ELCA publication.

After a long history of heart difficulties, Kahle had a pacemaker/defibrillator implanted in September. He recently had returned to work on a part-time basis.

Prior to this appointment, Kahle served as English editor of the news bureau of the Lutheran World Federation in Geneva, Switzerland. In that position he traveled extensively in reporting the life and work of Lutheran churches around the world.

Born in Everett, Wash., and raised in Portland, Ore., Kahle held a doctorate in mass communications from the University of Missouri at Columbia. Prior to joining the LWF he was associate dean of the Boston University School of Public Communication. He also taught journalism at California State University-Humboldt in Arcata.

Kahle graduated from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, and was ordained in 1975. He served as assistant pastor at Lutheran Church of the Newtons, Newton, Mass.

At the time of his death Kahle also served as president of the Associated Church Press.

Kahle's wife, Susan, and children, Michael, Sara and Kristin, survive him.


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