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OUTLER, ALBERT COOK

OUTLER, ALBERT COOK (1908–1989). Albert C. Outler, methodist minister, was born on November 17, 1908, at Thomasville, Georgia, son of Rev. John Morgan and Gertrude (Flint) Outler. He attended Wofford College (B.A., 1928), Emory University (B.D., 1933), and Yale University (Ph.D., 1938). He was given numerous honorary degrees. He was ordained into the Methodist ministry in the early thirties, and served pastorates in the South Georgia Conference. He married Carlotta (Carla) G. Smith on December 18, 1931. They had two children. He began his long teaching career at Duke University in 1938; he taught at Yale university from 1945 to 1951, when he became professor of theology in Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He taught there until 1979. John Deschner, a colleague at Perkins, has written of Outler that after 1951 came "a steadily increasing flow of scholarly production...his Perkins years have seen the appearance of eight major works: editions of Augustine and Wesley, two volumes on ecumenicity, and theological essays on psychotherapy, tradition, providence and history, and Wesleyan evangelism. And that is not to mention scores of scholarly essays, papers, addresses, reviews, plus more than thirty lectureships, many of them based on book-length manuscripts....The fuller bibliography of Outler's writings contain 244 published items, 208 of them appearing after 1951." Outler served as a delegate-observer in all four sessions of the Second Vatican Council from 1962 to 1965, after which the University of Notre Dame conferred an honorary doctorate upon him and he was elected president of the American Catholic Historical Association. He was active in the World Council of Churches, the Third and the Fourth World Conference on Faith and Order (1952, 1963), the (American) Consultation on Church Union, as well as in Methodist circles, from local church Sunday school classes to general conferences. In 1972 Outler headed a commission that wrote a section of the Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church. He was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters in 1974. He earned the Pax Christi award presented by St. John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota, in 1987. Outler died on September 1, 1989, in Bradenton, Florida. The body was cremated in Bradenton and privately interred in Dallas.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Nolan B. Harmon, ed., The Encyclopedia of World Methodism (2 vols., Nashville: United Methodist Publishing House, 1974). Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Walter N. Vernon

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Walter N. Vernon, "OUTLER, ALBERT COOK," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fou03), accessed April 19, 2014. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.