Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Former faculty member the Rev. Dr. Robert Kysar has died

Prof. William Kysar

The Rev. Dr. Robert Dean Kysar, age 79, of Flowery Branch, Georgia, died on Thursday, October 31, at Sunrise Assisted Living in John's Creek, Georgia. An ordained Lutheran minister and a renowned theological scholar, he served several churches and taught at many universities and seminaries. Kysar taught New Testament and Homiletics at both The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg during the 1980s, and taught full time at LTSP during the early 1990s before becoming the Bandy Professor of New Testament and Homiletics at Emory University's Candler School of Theology. After teaching there five years, he retired to life as a busy writer, including serving the church by writing several study guides for local congregations.

Along with other congregations, he served as co-pastor with his wife the Rev. Dr. Myrna Kysar at Christ United Lutheran Church, Gordon, Pennsylvania, and at Upper Dublin Lutheran Church in Ambler, Pennsylvania.

He published twenty-one books and over fifty academic articles. A champion of human rights, he registered African-American voters in Alabama in the 1960s. Later, he protested the Vietnam War and was active in the DFL party in Minnesota. He defended women's rights, promoted non-sexist language in scholarly and every day usage, and supported gay and lesbian equality. Dr. Kysar was known for his sense of humor, his friendly personality, and his forward-thinking vision. 

He is survived by his wife of forty years, Myrna Kysar; daughters Kathryn Kysar and Karen Kysar; and grandchildren Cole, Ada, Kael, and Aedan. A celebration of life will be held at Cross of Life Lutheran Church, 1000 Hembree Road, Roswell, Georgia, 30076, on Friday, November 8, at 7:00 pm. Another celebration will be held in Pennsylvania at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Alzheimer's Association, Lutheran World Relief, or Habitat for Humanity. Condolences can be expressed at under "Obituaries."

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