HERMAN G. STUEMPFLE JR., 83 Lutheran minister
The Rev. Herman G. Stuempfle Jr., a former Lutheran minister in Baltimore who became a national church leader and president of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, died Tuesday at the Lutheran Home in the Pennsylvania town from complications of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis - Lou Gehrig's disease.
Born in Clarion, Pa., he attended public schools in Hughesville, Pa., and was a graduate of Susquehanna University and the Lutheran seminary. He held advanced degrees from Union Theological Seminary in New York and a doctorate from the Claremont School of Theology.
Before coming to the seminary in 1962 as professor of preaching, Dr. Stuempfle had ministries at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Baltimore from 1950 to 1953, and also in York, Pa., and Gettysburg. He had a 27-year career at the seminary, including 13 as president, and retired in 1989.
An author and poet, Dr. Stuempfle's most widely read theology text, Preaching Law and Gospel, was published by Fortress Press in 1978. He was a prolific writer of hymns, and produced four volumes of them.