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Robert Walter Bretall

Robert Walter Bretall, American educator.


  • Bretall, Robert Walter was born on February 8, 1913 in Hinckley, Illinois, United States. Son of Walter Herbert and Ora Jane (Bastian) Bretall.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Arts, Princeton, 1935, A.M., 1937, Doctor of Philosophy. (Chancellor Green fellow), 1938. Postgraduate University of Chicago, 1939-1942, 53-54, Union Theological Seminary, 1942-1943, 52-54, Columbia, 1952-1954, Cambridge U., 1962-1963.


    • ; married second, Eleanor Victoria Flor, May 29, 1975. Philosophy, music editor American Educator Encyclopedia, 1945-1947. Graduate assistant in philosophy Northwestern University, 1945-1946.

      Assistant professor philosophy and humanities U. Arizona, Tucson, 1947-1952, associate professor, 1954-1964, professor philosophy, 1964-1976, emeritus, 1976-1980. Lecturer philosophy Wagner College, New York City, 1952-1953. Visiting professor philosophy Washington State University, 1967-1968.

      Member summer colloquium in philosophy of religion Calvin College, 1973. Consultant Princeton University Press, Macmillan Company, Northwestern University Press.


    • Author: A Kierkegaard Anthology, 1946. The Concept of Purpose in Reformation Thought, 1973. Editor: (with Charles W. Kegley) The Theology of Paul Tillich, 1952.

      Reinhold Niebuhr: His Religious, Social and Political Thought, 1956. The Empirical Theology of Henry Nelson Wieman, 1963.


    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Denomination: Episcopalian


    Member summer colloquium in philosophy of religion Calvin College, 1973. Member of executive board Southern branch Arizona Civil Liberties Union, 1966-1972, chairman church-state committee, 1966-1967, chairman academic freedom committee, 1967-1969. Democratic precinct committeman Pima County (Arizona), 1970-1974.

    Board of directors Arizona Friends Music, 1948-1980. Ford Foundation Faculty fellow, 1953-1954. Member American Association University Professors (past president U. Arizona chapter), American Academy Religion, American Philosophical Association, Princeton Graduate Alumni Association Beta Kappa.


    • Married Patricia Hodgkinson, August 30, 1954 (deceased.; married second, Eleanor Victoria Flor, May 29, 1975.
    • father: Walter Herbert Bretall
    • mother: Ora Jane (Bastian) Bretall
    • spouses: Patricia Hodgkinson
    • Eleanor Victoria Flor
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    Born February 8, 1913
    Died December 20, 1980
    (aged 67)