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Wilfred Franklin Bunge, American Religion educator. Recipient Faculty Growth award American Lutheran Church, 1971, 84; essay recipient prize Division College University Superior vena cava syndrome, 1986; University fellow U. Iowa, 1954-1955,George Chase Christian Memorial fellow Harvard University, 1958-1959, 60-61, fellow Lutheran World Federation, 1959-1960, fellow Lutheran Brotherhood, 1964-1965.


Bunge, Wilfred Franklin was born on November 21, 1931 in Caledonia, Minnesota, United States. Son of Franklin Henry George and Hilda Mathilda Emma (Fruechte) Bunge.


Bachelor summa cum laude, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, 1953. Master of Arts, University Iowa, 1955. Blekinge Institute of Technology with honors, Luther Theological Seminary, St. Paul, 1958.

Doctor of Theology, Harvard University, 1966.


Instructor, Luther College, Decorah, 1956-1957;assistant professor, Luther College, Decorah, 1962-1969;associate professor, Luther College, Decorah, 1969-1974;professor, Luther College, Decorah, since 1974;head department classical languages, Luther College, Decorah, 1976-1980;head department religion, Luther College, Decorah, 1979-1987;director PAIDEIA program, Luther College, Decorah, since 1979;instructor Greek language, Luther Theological Seminary, St. Paul, 1957-1958;teaching fellow, Harvard Division School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1961-1962. Member program evaluation panel National Endowment for Humanities, 1985, 87.


  • Other Work

    • Author: (with others) Theological Perspectives, 1964. Editor book review section Dialog, 1965, 66-70. Contributor articles to professional journals.


Member American Association of University Professors, Society Biblical Literature, Association Lutheran College Faculties (vice president 1985-1986, president 1986-1987, past president, member executive committee 1987-1988).


Married Ruth Ann Jensen, November 29, 1963. Children: Paul Dieter, Maren Kjersti.

Franklin Henry George Bunge

Hilda Mathilda Emma (Fruechte) Bunge

Ruth Ann Jensen

Paul Dieter Bunge

Maren Kjersti Bunge