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Edwin H. Rian *27

Published in Dec. 11, 1996, issue

The Reverend Dr. Edwin H. Rian died Aug. 22, 1995. He was 95. He lived in San Diego, Calif.

Born in Minneapolis, Minn., he earned his master's in Semitics at Princeton, and studied at the Princeton Theological Seminary. He was ordained a Presbyterian minister in 1930. He studied as a Princeton Fellow at the universities of Berlin and Marburg in Germany. Early recognized as a leader among fundamentalists, he broke away from the Presbyterian Church and formed the Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.

In 1946 he left the Westminster Seminary board and joined the Christian University Assn. as its general secretary. In subsequent years he held a variety of administrative assignments at Trinity U. in San Antonio, Tex., Beaver College in Jenkintown, Pa., Jamestown College in Jamestown, N.Dak., the Biblical Seminary in NYC, and the American Bible Society, also in NYC. In 1967 he became secretary to James I. McCord, president of Princeton Theological Seminary. He held that position for 15 years until his retirement.

His wife of 65 years, Marian Schall Rian, predeceased him by one year. He is survived by three daughters, 10 grandchildren, and three greatgrandchildren. To all his family we extend deep sympathy.

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