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Former Louisville Seminary Professor Hal Warheim Dies

Mar 14, 2017

Former Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary professor Dr. Hal M. Warheim, died Sunday, March 5, 2017, at his home. While at Louisville Seminary, Warheim served as Associate Professor of Christianity and Society (1962-1979), Professor of Christianity and Society (1979-1995), and Professor Emeritus of Christianity and Society (1996-present).

Hal WarheimBeyond his service to Louisville Seminary, Warheim (pictured) was active in community improvement. In 2004, Warheim lead the effort to establish what would become Warheim Park in Louisville’s Belknap neighborhood. He also served on the Board of Directors of the ACLU of Kentucky and ran for public office for 3rd ward alderman twice. He led demonstrations for the Committee for Open Housing and organized and coordinated Religious Leaders for Fairness, both activities leading to his arrest for participation. A prolific and gifted writer, Warheim was a member of The Cherokee Roundtable writers' group and author of a published collection of poetry, A Bouquet of Thistles (Whitewater Publications, 2003).

Prior to coming to Louisville, Warheim served as a fraternal worker for the World Council of Churches in Geneva, Switzerland, a preacher/pastor of churches in St. Louis Missouri, a researcher for the United Church of Christ, and field education supervisor and tutor at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. After moving to Louisville, he served as Professor of Christianity and Society at Louisville Presbyterian Seminary, and was an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ. He later became an attorney at law and was a member of the Kentucky Bar Association.

Warheim was predeceased in death by his parents, Mervin M. and Irene Saltzgiver Warehime, and his brother, Marlyn E. Warehime. He is survived by his brother, Frederick C. Warehime (Patricia) of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; nieces Robbin Babb (Matt) of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, and Wanda Jones of Spring Grove, Pennsylvania; and nephews Robert Warehime of Mesa, Arizona, and Kevin Warehime of Hanover, Pennsylvania.

Memorial expressions may be directed to the Kentucky chapter of the ACLU or Warheim Park Association, P.O. Box 5561, Louisville, KY 40255-0561. A memorial to celebrate Hal's life will be held at the park in October. Those interested can check the park's website for details: www.warheimpark.org.
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