Richard Reinhold Niebuhr

Richard Reinhold Niebuhr

Hollis Professor of Divinity Emeritus
Richard Reinhold Niebuhr


  • BA, Harvard College
  • BD, Union Theological Seminary
  • PhD, Yale University

Longtime HDS professor Richard Reinhold Niebuhr, Hollis Professor of Divinity Emeritus, passed away on Sunday, February 26, 2017 at the age of 90. Niebuhr was a renowned theologian, researcher, and scholar, as well as an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. He began teaching at Harvard Divinity School in 1956.

As we mourn Professor Niebuhr’s death, we also celebrate his legacy and outstanding teaching career at Harvard and the qualities that earned him the affection of his former students, colleagues, and friends.

For more information, please read the obituary in The Christian Century.

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