- Thomas A. Russell
Pauck, Wilhelm (31 January 1901–03 September 1981), church historian and theologian, was born in Laasphe, Germany, the son of Wilhelm Heinrich Paul Pauck, a physicist, and Maria Hofmann. He studied at the Universities of Göttingen (1920–1923) and Berlin (1920–1922, 1923–1925). In 1925 he graduated from the University of Berlin magna cum laude with a licentiate of theology. Among his professors were Ernest Troeltsch, Karl Holl, Adolph von Harnack, and Karl Barth. Pauck immigrated to the United States in 1925 and became a naturalized citizen in 1937. In Germany he was a member of the Evangelische kirche; in the United States he joined the Congregational church (later the United Church of Christ)....