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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.


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.


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.

Walter Herbert Bretall

Ora Jane (Bastian) Bretall

Patricia Hodgkinson

Eleanor Victoria Flor