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Shelly, Paul R. (1911-1970)

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Mennonite Weekly Review obituary: 1970 Jun 18 p. 3

Birth date: 1911 Mar 17

text of obituary:

Long-Time Bluffton Professor Dies

Dr. Paul R. Shelly, professor of Bible and Christian Education at Bluffton College since 1943, died Sunday morning, June 14, at the Bluffton Community Hospital, it was learned here [Newton, Kansas] by his brother, Rev. Andrew R. Shelly.

Dr. Shelly underwent surgery for cancer in the chest area in January, necessitating the amputation of his left arm. He recovered sufficiently to return to his teaching duties.

Private services for family members were to be held at Bluffton on Wednesday forenoon, with burial in the Bluffton cemetery. A memorial service was arranged for 2 o'clock in the afternoon at the Bluffton First Mennonite Church.

Dr. Shelly was born at Pennsburg, Pa., the son of Rev. and Mrs. Elwood Shelly. He received degrees from Ursinus College, Hartford Theological Seminary and Columbia University. He joined the Bluffton faculty after serving as pastor of the First Congregational Church, Aberdeen, Wash.

For many years Dr. Shelly was a member of the Board of Education and Publication (now the Commission on Education) of the General Conference Mennonite Church. During much of his term he was chairman of the Curriculum Committee.



The Mennonite obituary: 1970 Jun 23 p. 432

Text of obituary:

Paul R. Shelly, Bluffton, Ohio, was born Mar. 17, 1911, in Pennsburg, Pa., and died June 14. He was professor of Bible and Christian education at Bluffton College since 1944 and a leader in the Christian education program of the General Conference during the last twenty-five years. As a member of the Board of Education and Publication (now the Commission on Education) and the chairman of its editorial committee, he played an important role in the development of Christian education materials and particularly the graded curriculum published in 1959. A graduate of Ursinus College and Hartford Theological Seminary, he received a doctoral degree from Union Theological Seminary in 1950. Previous to his position at Bluffton, he was pastor of a Congregational church at Aberdeen, Wash., and the Mennonite congregation at Fairfield, Pa. He was a member of the Hereford Church, Bally, Pa., and brother of Andrew R. Shelly, Newton, Kan., and Margaret Shelly Weaver, Bluffton.

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