Alumnus Offers Davis Chair Lecture

The Rev. Richard T. Schellhase will speak at Ursinus College Jan. 17, as the holder of the Davis Visiting Professorship of Judeo-Christian Values. The talk will be at 7 p.m. in the Lenfest Theater, Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center. His talk is titled “Some Thoughts About Being at Home in the Universe.”

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Dr. Schellhase has had a long and distinguished career in the field of philanthropy and in the clergy.

Born in 1924 in Norristown, Pa., he attended Mercersburg Academy and was a member of the Ursinus College Class of 1945. He received a degree from Lancaster Theological Seminary, and attended the University of Edinburgh and the Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia.

Since 1947 he has been a respected clergyman in the Evangelical and Reformed Church, and its successor, the United Church of Christ.

His philanthropic career accomplishments include a decade as the Director of Development for the Buddhist Churches of America Endowment Foundation. He also served as Vice President for Development, Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, Calif., and as Vice President for Development, Lancaster Theological Seminary. In each position he headed highly successful capital campaigns. The Rev. Schellhase served as Assistant Professor of Religion at Ursinus College from 1956 to 1964 and received an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from Ursinus in 1968. He is a member of the First Congregational Church in Berkeley, Calif.

The Davis Chair of Judeo-Christian Values was established by Nancy Davis in honor of her late husband, Thomas, Class of 1952, a former Trustee.

4 thoughts on “Alumnus Offers Davis Chair Lecture

  1. Tell Rev. Schellhase that I was a Freshman across the hall in 1959 – first floor of Derr Hall. I went to work at Kutztown University for 41 years and was Chair of Math and Computer Science. I congratulate him on his many accomplishments. Bill Bateman

  2. Congratulations on this high honor, Dad; we are all so proud of you and wish we could be there to hear your talks. All the best and enjoy your time at your alma mater! Love, Janet, Christopher, and Allison!

  3. I remember Dick fondly from our days at Ursinus and wish we had been able to have you speak at ouir 50th reunion last June. All the best, Barbara Bogel “62

  4. The title of the lecture, along with the lecturer’s credentials, has motivated me to insist that my daughter (junior year-bio major) make time to attend. Regardless of a student’s shade of a formal religious tradition, or the lack thereof, the spiritual reflections on one’s “being” necessary for a peaceful life (and death) are truly neglected in the otherwise laudable liberal arts curriculum found at most progressive colleges such as Ursinus.

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