Dr. Donald Louis Deffner (1924-1997)


Donald Deffner, full-time visiting Professor of Homiletics at Concordia Theolgical Seminary for the past decade, died at his home in Moraga, California, on November 24,1997. He was born to the Rev. Dr. Louis Henry Deffner and Rose May Kreitzer on March 12, 1924. He entered the Kingdom of God through the sacrament of Holy Baptism on March 30,1924. After attending St John's College in Winfield, Kansas , Dr. Deffner enrolled at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, which awarded him the Bachelor of Arts (1945) and Bachelor of Divinity (1947) degrees. He was ordained into the Office of the Holy Ministry on November 2,1947, at University Lutheran Chapel in Berkley, California and was the first Campus Pastor in the Missouri Synod. He later served Immanuel Lutheran Church, Deanville, California, as Assistant Pastor (1974-1983). He received the Master of Arts from the University of Michigan in 1946, and earned the Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1957. In 1962 he was awarded the Master of Theology from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary. In 1993, Christ College, Irvine, California, awarded him the Doctor of Divinity for his many literary and academic accomplishments. Dr. Deffner was Professor of Practical Theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (1959-1969), and also served as chairman of that department (1964-1969). Concordia Theological Seminary, Springfield also benefited from his talents as he served as guest professor (l963-l969). From 1969-1987 he was Professor of Homiletics and Christian Education at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and was also affiliated with the Graduate Theological Union during this time. As noted, from 1987 to the present he again served Concordia Theological Seminary, now in Fort Wayne. Sources: 1) LC Control Number: n 50037265

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