In Memoriam: The Passing of Professor Walter Wangerin, Jr.

Walter Wangerin, Jr.
Photo credited to Professor Aimee Tomasik.

With great sadness, the Valparaiso University Department of English, alumni, and friends mourn the death of Walter Wangerin, Jr., Senior Research Professor and former Emil and Elfriede Jochum Chair and English and Theology Professor. Professor Wangerin, Jr. touched many lives as a writer, teacher, pastor, and storyteller. He died surrounded by his family on August 5, 2021. His obituary may be viewed at: We share below a wonderful tribute written by Professor Wangerin’s friend and colleague, Dr. Fredrick Niedner, Emeritus Professor and Senior Research Professor of Theology:

Additionally, we share below a feature article written by one of our own Department of English students, Ashlee Pendleton:

Please keep Professor Wangerin’s family in your prayers as they mourn their loss.