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Herbert Gezork

clergyman , educator.

Herbert Gezork, German clergyman, educator. Recipient American Legion Outstanding Foreign Born Citizen award, 1969.


Gezork, Herbert was born on June 15, 1900 in Insterburg, Germany. Son of Friedrich and Anna (Schirrmann) Gezork.


Student Baptist Division School, Hamburg, Germany, 1921-1924, U. Berlin, 1925-1928. Doctor of Philosophy., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1930. Doctor of Divinity, Colby College, 1942, Bucknell U., 1956, Colgate University, 1957, Brown U., 1964, Ottawa U., 1977.

Doctor of Laws, Emerson College, 1956, Anderson-Broaddus College, 1968. D.S.O., Curry College, 1970.


Came to the United States, 1936, naturalized, 1943. Ordained to ministry Baptist, Church, 1927. Associate pastor First Baptist Church, Berlin, Germany, 1925-1928.

General secretary German Baptist Youth Movement, 1931-1934. Assistant professor religion Furman U., 1937-1938. Interim pastor First Baptist Church, Clarksburg, West Virginia, 1939.

Assistant professor Biblical history Wellesley College, 1939-1943, lecturer social ethics, 1943-1950. Professor social ethics, Christian world relations Andover Newton Theological School, 1939-1950, president school, 1950-1965, president emeritus, 1965-1984. Visiting lecturer Brown U., 1965-1966.

Visiting professor Harvard Division School, 1965-1968, Assumption College, 1968, Kanto Gakuin U., Japan, 1968-1969. Director department religion Chautauqua Institution, 1968-1972. Acting chaplain Middlebury College, 1973.


  • Author: Die Gottlosenbewegung, 1932. So Sah Ich Die Welt (in German, Finnish, Dutch), 1933. Contributor to Unity of the Faith, 1960.

    Contributor articles and essays to various publications.


Member of the United States Strategic Bombing Survey in Germany, 1945. Member Massachusetts Council Churches, Chairman of Commission on legislation, 1948-1949. Member commission on international justice and goodwill National Council Churches, delegate World Conference on Faith and Order, Lund, Sweden, 1952, Montreal, 1963.

Member Christian Deputation to Russia, 1956. Member of the board preachers Harvard, 1956-1972. Fellow American Academy Arts and Sciences.


Married Ellen Markus, May 22, 1937. Children: Herbert Peter, Thomas Edward, James William (deceased), Janet Ellen.

Friedrich Gezork

Anna (Schirrmann) Gezork

Ellen Markus

Herbert Peter Gezork

Thomas Edward Gezork

James William Gezork (deceased)

Janet Ellen Gezork