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Markwald, Rudolf K. 1919–

Markwald, Rudolf K. 1919–


Born March 28, 1919, in Berlin, Germany; naturalized U.S. citizen; son of Bruno (an automotive engineer) and Cornelia (a homemaker) Markwald; married Marilynn Morris (a registered nurse), December 18, 1949; children: Ruth Markwald Osberg (deceased), Paul, Christine Markwald Wolf, Elizabeth Markwald Johnson. Ethnicity: "German." Education: Attended Berlin Theological Seminary and Neuendetteslau Seminary; Chicago Theological Seminary, B.D., S.T.M. Religion: Lutheran. Hobbies and other interests: History, music, lapidary.


Home—Boerne, TX. E-mail—[email protected]


Ordained Lutheran minister; pastor of Lutheran congregations in Chile and in Illinois, 1950-68; history professor and school superintendent, 1968-82; director of a Hispanic ministry in Chicago, IL. Wartime service: Served as a scout during World War II.


Rotary International (life member).


(Translator and author of commentary) A Mystic's Passion: The Spirituality of Johannes von Staupitz in His 1520 Lenten Sermons, Peter Lang (New York, NY), 1990.

(With wife, Marilynn Morris Markwald) Katharine von Bora: A Reformation Life, Concordia Publishing House (St. Louis, MO), 2002.


Rudolf K. Markwald told CA: "As an ordained Lutheran pastor and teacher my motivation for writing was to prepare sermons and lectures for more than thirty years of my ministry. But my professional commitment turned into an avocation during my retirement. I was particularly influenced in my work by the well-known professor of the University of Chicago, Dr. Joseph Gittler, one of the outstanding orators and writers in the twentieth century. My writing process is influenced by my reading and military experiences. What inspired me to write on the subjects I have chosen was my interest in sharing my insights and recollections with my family and curious readers."

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