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Wesley J. Fuerst, professor of Old Testament, emeritus, dies at age 76

Posted May 17, 2007

Wesley J. Fuerst, who taught Old Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology and its predecessor school, Central Seminary in Fremont, Neb., died on May 14 in Lisle, Ill. Dr. Fuerst battled Alzheimer's Disease in the last years of his life.

Born in Wilcox, Neb., Wesley Fuerst graduated from Midland Lutheran College in Fremont, Neb., and received a bachelor of divinity degree from Central Seminary in 1954. In 1958 he received the doctor of theology degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, N.J., was ordained as a Lutheran minister and began teaching at Central Seminary in Fremont, Neb.

In 1962, Dr. Fuerst accepted a call to the mission field in Argentina teaching at the Facultad Luterana de Theologia in Buenos Aires. He taught again briefly at Central Seminary, which then merged with the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He continued his teaching career at LSTC, where he also served as dean of the faculty and director of graduate studies. He retired 1998.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 19 at 3 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church of LaGrange, 200 N. Catherine at Ogden Avenue, LaGrange Illinois. Interment will be in Hildreth, Neb., on July 7.

Dr. Fuerst is survived by three children, Elizabeth (Trey), John (Susanne), and Joel (Lori) and their mother, Betty Fuerst; one brother, J. Larry (Carol); and seven grandchildren.

For a remembrance of Wesley J. Fuerst by colleague Ralph W. Klein, Christ Seminary-Seminex Professor of Old Testament at LSTC, please visit


Jan Boden
Director of Communications

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