LSTC Remembers Emeriti Faculty Member Dr. Philip Hefner

Dr. Philip Hefner smiling at his desk

Dr. Philip Hefner, distinguished emeriti faculty member at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago died on April 27, 2024. He was 91 years old. Dr. Hefner was a cherished scholar, mentor, and innovator in the field of systematic theology and religion and science.

Dr. Hefner was ordained in 1962 and joined LSTC in 1967. His nearly 50-year tenure at LSTC was marked by his passion for teaching, guiding students, and fostering academic inquiry. He established the Zygon Center for Religion and Science and served as the editor of Zygon:  Journal of Religion and Science for twenty years, significantly advancing the dialogue between religion and science. He authored eight books and a volume of poetry, lectured widely in Europe, Africa, and Asia, and was a delegate to the Lutheran World Federation. He also served on many synod and churchwide committees. His contributions in these areas were instrumental in shaping the perspectives of students, faculty, and scholars worldwide.

Known for his intellectual curiosity and generous spirit, Dr. Hefner was an inspiring presence on campus. His impact extended far beyond the classroom, as he formed meaningful relationships with students and colleagues alike. His influence will be felt for years to come.

The LSTC community offers our deepest condolences to Dr. Hefner’s family and loved ones during this difficult time. His legacy as a person of faith and dedicated scholar will continue to inspire all who knew him.

Let us remember Dr. Phil Hefner’s exceptional contributions and strive to uphold the academic excellence he embodied. May his memory be a blessing to all who mourn his loss.

Details of celebration of life:

Wednesday, May 29 at 2 pm (CT)

Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park, 

5500 S Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, IL 60637 

and livestreamed at https://www.facebook.com/augustanahydepark/

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