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David Wesley Soper

Excerpted from: The Beloit Daily News (March 17, 1965)
D.W. Soper Dies; Writer and Educator

     Dr. David Wesley Soper, professor and chairman of the Department of Religion at Beloit College from 1946 until he took a leave of absence late in 1963, died early today in his home, 6530 S.W. 29th St., Miami, Fla. The cause of death was not reported.

     Prominent as both an educator and religious leader, Dr. Soper was the author of many books and periodicals. Well known as a lecturer both in this country and in England, he served several pastorates. He had studied extensively both in the United States and in Europe.

Lectured Widely

     Dr. Soper is listed in "Who's Who in America," "Religious Leaders of North America," "Who's Who in Education," and "Directory of American Scholars." He received his A.B. degree at Stetson University, his S.T.B. at Biblical Seminary, New York, and his Ph.D. from Drew University in 1945. His doctor's thesis was on "Woodrow Wilson and the Christian Tradition."

     It was shortly after completing his studies at Drew that he came to Beloit College. Since 1947, he had been a regular lecturer on "Contemporary Christian Thought" in Methodist pastors' summer schools across the nation. For several years, he lectured on theology at Evangelical and Reformed Minister's schools in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa; Lutheran Minister's theological conferences, Iowa; summer faculty, Garrett Biblical Institute, and others.

Born in New York

     Dr. Soper wrote several books, mainly during the 1950s, essays and more than 300 articles. His foreign lectureships, preaching and travel included work on contemporary American theology at Oxford University in England and as a member of the faculty on theology at Mansfield, also in England. He lectured and taught in Czechoslovakia, Paris, Rome, Edinburg and Prague. Dr. Soper served as a correspondent at the World Council of Churches in Amsterdam, 1954-55, and as pastor at the South Bar Congregational Church, Banbary, England.

     Dr. Soper was born Nov. 14, 1910, in Elmira, N.Y., the son of the Rev. M.A. Soper of Syracuse University and Mrs. Soper. He married Marjorie Dunn of Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1930.

     Survivors are his wife; two daughters, Marjorie Ann and Ann Rutledge, and a son, David Johnathan.


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