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Association Free Lutheran Theological Seminary, Plymouth, loses its popular dean

Rev. Dr. Francis Monseth

Dr. Francis W. Monseth, 71, dean of the Association Free Lutheran Theological Seminary, Plymouth, Minnesota, and professor of systematic theology, died suddenly on March 29, Good Friday. Born in Minot, North Dakota, son of the Rev. Fritjof and Olga Monseth, he graduated from Oak Grove Lutheran High School, Fargo, and continued his education at the Lutheran Bible Institute of Minneapolis, Augsburg College, Valley City State College, Free Lutheran Seminary, Seattle Pacific University, and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, the latter awarding him both the STM and ThD degree.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Ellen, two sons, four daughters, and 27 grandchildren; and one sister Rhoda (Rev. Erling) Huglen.

Monseth was a member of the Faithful and Reforming Committee of Metro Lutheran, the group that provides oversight of the ongoing history column. Readers may remember him as author of “Spener and Pietism” in the August 2011 issue. “Dr. Monseth provided a very insightful perspective on Lutherans in the U.S. in the last century,” said Metro Lutheran editor Bob Hulteen. “He was a very thoughtful individual.”

The Rev. Robert L. Lee, professor of historical theology and practical theology, was appointed by the seminary’s board of trustees to be the interim dean for one year as a replacement for Monseth is secured.

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