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Treptow, Former Director of ALC Board of Pensions, Dies

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Date Thu, 20 Jun 2002 16:13:50 -0500


June 20, 2002


     CHICAGO (ELCA) -- The Rev. Henry F. Treptow, 74, former
executive director of the American Lutheran Church (ALC) Board of
Pensions and retired pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in
America (ELCA), died June 13 in Kerrville, Texas.
     Before he was executive director of the Board of Pensions,
Treptow was personnel officer of the ALC Board of Trustees from 1971
to 1976.  Treptow assumed the role of executive director of the Board
of Pensions and served until the ELCA was formed in 1987, when he
retired.  During his tenure the Board of Pensions became a place
where "personal connections with people" were stressed, said Beth
Storaasli, then-chair of the board.
     "He was so committed.  The beneficiaries loved him," said
     Treptow was born April 7, 1928, in Halletsville, Texas.  He
earned a bachelor of arts degree from Texas Lutheran College, Seguin,
Texas, in 1949, and a bachelor of divinity degree from the Evangelical
Lutheran Theological Seminary, Columbus, Ohio, in 1953.  Texas Lutheran
College became Texas Lutheran University in 1996, one of 28 ELCA
colleges and universities, and Evangelical Lutheran Theological Seminary
merged with Hamma Divinity School in 1974 to become Trinity Lutheran
Seminary, one of eight ELCA seminaries.
     Treptow served as pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Posey,
Texas; Grace Lutheran Church, Slaton, Texas; and Bethany Lutheran
Church, Fredericksburg, Texas.  During December 1963 while at Bethany
Lutheran, Treptow gave an "Official State Visit Service" for
President and Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson, cabinet members of the United
States government and members of the West German government.
     Treptow was a member of the Alumni Association of Texas
Lutheran College from 1960 to 1968 and served as president from 1962
to 1966.  He was also a member of the Board of Regents of Texas
Lutheran College from 1966 to 1971, congregational fund drive
chairman for Lutheran General Hospital, San Antonio, from 1964 to
1965 and an ALC representative to the Lutheran Housing Coalition, New
York, from 1972 to 1976.
     He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, a son, Chris, and
daughters, Carol and Connie.  He was preceded in death by a son,
     Funeral services were held June 17 in Halletsville, Texas.  A
memorial service was held June 18 in Kerrville, Texas.
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EDITORS: Memorial donations can be sent to the Treptow Scholarship
Fund, Texas Lutheran University, 1000 W. Court Street, Seguin, Texas,

*Amy Wineinger is a junior at Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa.  This
summer she is an intern with ELCA News and Media Production.

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