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With Thanks to Uli Locher

So for a good while now I’ve benefited from the work of Gottfried Locher- perhaps the most influential and preeminent scholar of the Swiss Reformation.  I’ve remembered him on the anniversary of his death and agree completely with the positive assessment of his contributions as described by Peter Winzeler in Zwingliana.

For those and many other reasons I was so completely thrilled  when Prof. Locher’s son, Uli Locher (who is a sociologist at McGill University) contacted me yesterday (more about that in due course).  We’ve corresponded a bit and I’m overjoyed to say that he has sent along a couple of photos of his dad for me to share:

Kindly don’t redistribute.

It’s The Anniversary of Gottfried Locher’s Death

Among students of the Swiss Reformation the name of Gottfried Locher towers above the rest. Locher’s brilliant contributions to that fecund period of theological development are without peer. He died on the 11th of January, 1996.

His most influential contribution, I think, is his massive and utterly thorough Die Zwinglische Reform im Rahmen der europäischen Kirchengeschichte. Tremendously difficult to find, it nonetheless is worth the effort.

There’s a very brief bio of the great scholar here:

locher_gottfried_wilhelmgeboren 29.4.1911 Elberfeld (heute Wuppertal),gestorben 11.1.1996 Bern, ref., von Zürich. Sohn des Gottfried Wilhelm, Pfarrers der niederländ.-ref. Gemeinde Wuppertal-Elberfeld, und der Berta geb. Oberman. ∞ 1936 Irene Schöffner.

Theologiestud. in Königsberg, Zürich, Bonn. 1936 Pfarrer in Binningen, 1941 in Feuerthalen, 1954 in Riehen. 1948 Dr. theol., 1954 PD an der Univ. Zürich, 1958-78 o. Prof. für systemat. Theologie und Dogmengeschichte in Bern (1968-69 Rektor). L.s wissenschaftl. Interesse galt der (auf ihre Aktualität hin befragten) Reformationstheologie.

Er legte profunde Studien zu Heinrich Bullinger, Johannes Calvin, zur Berner Reformation und v.a. zu Huldrych Zwingli vor, dessen Theologie er “im Lichte seiner Christologie” und dessen Reformation “im Rahmen der europ. Kirchengeschichte” darstellte. Dr. h.c. der Univ. Basel und Debrecen (Ungarn).

Continue to rest in peace, good sir.