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Luther Dotterer Reed

Clergyman , educator

Luther Dotterer Reed, American clergyman, educator.


Reed, Luther Dotterer was born on March 21, 1873 in N. Wales, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Review Ezra L. and Annie (Linley) Reed.


Bachelor of Arts, Franklin and Marshall College, 1892, A.M., 1897. Graduate Lutheran Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, 1895. Student of University of Leipzig, 1902.

Doctor of Divinity, Thiel, 1912, Muhlenberg, 1912. A.E.D. (Doctor of Fine Arts), Muhlenberg, 1936.


Pastor Allegheny, Pennsylvania, 1895-1903, Jeanette, Pennsylvania, 1903-1904. Director Krauth Memorial Library, Lutheran Theological Seminary, Mount Airy, Philadelphia, 1906-1950. Professor liturgics and church art, same, 1911-1945.

President of the Seminary, 1939-1945. President emeritus, 1945-1972. President Church Music and Liturgical Art Society, 1907-1936.

President and editor Memoirs, Lutheran Liturgical Association, 1898-1906. President Associated Bureaus of Church Architecture of the United States and Canada, 1930-1940. Secretary, later chairman joint committee which prepared text and music of the Common Service Book and other hymnals and liturgical books of United Lutheran Church.

Conducted confs. on the liturgy, church architecture and church music in many states. Archivist of ministerium of Pennsylvania, 1909-1939, United Lutheran Church since 1919.


  • Other Work

    • Author: (with Harry G. Archer) Psalter and Canticles Pointed for Chanting, 1897. Choral Service Book, 1901. Music of the Responses, 1903.Season Vespers, 1905. The Lutheran Liturgy, 1947. Also numerous articles on church music, worship, church art, etc.Editor: History of the First English Evangelical Lutheran Church in Pittsburgh, 1909. Philadelphia Seminary Biographical Record, 1923. Co-editor: Philadelphia Seminary Bulletin, 1916-1933, Lutheran Church Review, 1920-1928.Chairman United Lutheran Church commission on Common Service Book. Chairman joint coms. on liturgy and on the hymnal now preparing common Liturgy and Hymnal for all Lutheran Churches in the United States and Canada of National Lutheran Council. Charter member Federal Council’s Committee on Worship.Member department worship and fine arts National Council Churches Honorary associate American Guild of Organists. Honorary member Church Architectural Guild. Vice president Hymn Society of America.Member Faith and Order Cons. on Intercommunion, and Ways of Worship. Delaware United Lutheran Church, 3d Philadelphia PA.


Clubs: University, Art Alliance (Philadelphia).


Married Catherine S. Ashbridge, June 2, 1906.

Review Ezra L. Reed

Annie (Linley) Reed

Catherine S. Ashbridge