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Maier, Walter Arthurlocked

(04 October 1893–11 January 1950)
  • Gardiner H. Shattuck


Maier, Walter Arthur (04 October 1893–11 January 1950), radio minister and seminary professor, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Emil William Maier, a piano and organ builder, and Anna Katharine Schad, a grocer. Raised in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, Maier was educated at Concordia Collegiate Institute in Bronxville, New York, between 1906 and 1912 and received his B.A. in 1913 after a year’s study at Boston University. He earned his B.D. at Concordia Theological Seminary in St. Louis, where he was enrolled between 1913 and 1916. Maier also studied at Harvard Divinity School (1916–1918) and at the Harvard Graduate School (1918–1929), from which he earned an M.A. in 1920 and a Ph.D. in Old Testament studies in 1929. Ordained to the ministry in 1917, he served as pastor of Zion Church in Boston and provided pastoral care to German soldiers at a nearby prisoner-of-war camp during World War I. In June 1924 he married Hulda Augusta Eickhoff, a former schoolteacher, with whom he had two children....

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