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Stuempfle, Lutheran church leader, dies

Herman G. Stuempfle Jr., 84, president of the Lutheran Seminary at Gettysburg (Pa.) from 1976 to 1989, died March 13. He was also known for his contributions as a poet, preacher and professor.

In 1962, Stuempfle was named the John and Susannah Ulrich Professor of the Art of Preaching at Gettysburg and taught seminarians through the spring semester of 2003. He served as the seminary’s chaplain from 1966 to 1967 and as dean from 1969 to 1971.

He was the author of several books, articles and lectures on preaching, history and theology. He wrote an estimated 550 hymn texts, eight of which are published in Evangelical Lutheran Worship.

“[Stuempfle’s] contributions to our life together extended beyond those precious hymns,” said Mark S. Hanson, ELCA presiding bishop. “His work as a parish pastor, church executive, faculty member, dean and president of Gettysburg Seminary demonstrated his commitment to the well-being of the church.

“His life showed clearly and graciously his diverse abilities and wise leadership.”


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