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Pike, Kenneth Leelocked

(09 June 1912–31 December 2000)
  • Julia S. Falk


Pike, Kenneth Lee (09 June 1912–31 December 2000), linguist and field consultant, was born in Woodstock, Connecticut, the son of Ernest R. Pike, a physician, and Hattie May Granniss Pike. He was the seventh of eight children in a strongly religious family where Scripture readings, hymns, and prayers were part of daily life. Following graduation from Woodstock Academy in 1928, he went to work as a supermarket clerk in Providence, Rhode Island. Shortly thereafter, Pike vowed to enter the ministry if his father recovered from an illness. In 1929 he enrolled at Gordon College of Theology and Missions in Boston. His parents had spent two years as missionaries in Alaska, and Pike decided to apply for a position as a Christian missionary to China after earning a bachelor's degree in theology at Gordon in 1933. His application was rejected because of his “nervous” disposition, and instead, following a postgraduate year at Gordon, he went in the summer of 1935 to Camp Wycliffe, a training program for Bible translators in Arkansas....

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