|Birth: ||Mar. 14, 1883|
|Death: ||Nov. 27, 1946|
DR. ARTHUR J. CULLER DIES; WORLD - WIDE WELFARE, RELIGIOUS WORK
Dr. Arthur J. Culler, former pastor of the Heights Christian Church and leader in national and international social relief and interdenominational work, died yesterday at Huron Road Hospital after an illness which seized him suddenly Sunday afternoon.
Retiring from his pastorate two years ago, Dr. Culler had said, " I am leaving after 15 years at this church, but I am not retiring in the usual Sense of the term. I am going to do many things I have long wanted. The ministers may present Christianity ever so well, but without witnesses to give evidence we may lose the case."
The " things he wanted to do " he did. They extended beyond the church into all fields of human welfare. They included work in the Children's Aid Society, the American Red Cross, civilian defense and lecturing. In 1945 he went to Argentina to preach in the religious colleges.
He was particularly active in the American Red Cross. Starting in 1919 he was Red Cross commissioner to Palestine, and in 1920 organized the Near East Relief in central Turkey.
In Cleveland in 1937 he became chairman of the Greater Cleveland Chapter's home service department for family case work and direct relief. For six years he served on the Red Cross local executive committee, and once was secretary of the chapter.
As an indication of Dr. Culler's contributions to the community. Dean Leonard W. Mayo of the Western Reserve University School of Applied Science called him " a tower of strength " when informed of his death last night.
Harry A. Affelder, president of the Welfare Federation stated: " Dr. Culler was tireless in his work for the community and attacked every problem with the vigor and determination necessary to make the solution successful."
Born in Hartville, Ohio, March 14, 1883, he was a graduated from Juniata College at Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, in 1908. Three years later he received his degree from Union Theological Seminary, and in 1912 he took his doctor of philosophy degree at Columbia University.
From 1911 to 1914 he was pastor of the Geiger Memorial Church in Philadelphia, and from 1914 to 1921 he was pastor of the college church and dean of the Divinity School of McPherson College, McPherson, Kansas.
In 1921 he was dean of men and professor of New Testament at Hiram College, Hiram, Ohio.
He accepted the pastorate of the Heights Christian Church in 1930, and served continuously for the next 15 years except for a leave during the summer of 1935, when he visited Russia, Germany and other nations of central Europe.
Dr. Culler also was past president of the board of the Cleveland Christian Home and a trustee of the welfare federation.
Also an author, he wrote " Interference and Adaptability --- Experimental Study of Their Relations." " The Bethany Bible Teacher " and Creative Religious Literature."
Dr. Culler is survived by his wife, Mary S., and a son, George D., both of 16815 Holbrook Road, Shaker Heights, Ohio. Another son, A. Dwight lives in New Haven, Conn., and a brother, Dr. Elmer A. Culler, in Rochester, N.Y. There are two grandchildren.
Services will be conducted at the Heights Christian Church by Rev. Waymon Parsons on Saturday afternoon at 2:30. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery.
John J. Culler (1848 - 1943)
Amanda B. Kurtz Culler (1861 - 1920)
Mary Susanna Stover Culler (1888 - 1977)
Robert Dale Culler (1912 - 1913)*
George Delbert Culler (1915 - 1994)*
Arthur Jerome Culler (1883 - 1946)
Elmer Augustin Culler (1889 - 1961)*
Crown Hill Cemetery and Mausoleum
Created by: Richard Culler
Record added: Jul 10, 2007
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