The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Westberg dies at 85

Granger E. Westberg, author of Good Grief, the best-selling book ever published by Augsburg Fortress, the ELCA publishing house, died Feb. 16. He was 85 and lived in Willowbrook, Ill.

Westberg was nationally known as an ELCA pastor, hospital chaplain, professor of practical theology and a teacher of medical students. In 1952 he became the first clergy to hold a joint appointment at the University of Chicago in its divinity and medical schools. He established the Wholistic Health Care Center, which involved treating the mind and spirit as well as the body. In 1984 he launched the parish nurse concept that became international in scope after beginning as a partnership between Lutheran General Hospital in Chicago and six area congregations.

Good Grief, first published in 1962 and still in print, has sold 2.4 million copies.

He is survived by his wife, Helen; four children; and eight grandchildren.


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