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LWF leader dies

Howard V. Hong, 97, a founding figure of international Lutheran service to refugees, died March 16.

Hong left a professorship at St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn., in 1941 to work with German and Japanese prisoners of war held in the U.S.

After World War II, he helped the National Lutheran Council develop a refugee program that eventually grew into the Lutheran World Federation Department for World Service.

Hong also pioneered a model of U.S. congregations helping to resettle refugees.

Eventually, Hong returned to St. Olaf, collaborating with his wife, Edna, on more than 30 scholarly works, including internationally acclaimed translations and interpretations of Danish theologian Soren Kierkegaard's writings.


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