NameGerhard Emanuel Frost
Birth17 Jan 1909, Sheyenne, North Dakota
Death23 May 1987, St. Paul, Minnesota
BurialLakeport Twp Cemetery, Laporte, Minnesota
OccupationLutheran pastor, Seminary professor
EducationB.A., Luther College, Decorah IA; B.D. Luther Seminary
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FatherHemming Hansen Frost (1871-1927)
MotherGena Elise Ellingson (1882-1966)
Birth21 Jun 1912, Montevideo, Minnesota
Death18 Sep 2003, St. Paul, Minnesota
BurialLakeport Twp Cemetery, Laporte, Minnesota
ChildrenMiriam (1941-2009)
Obituary notes for Gerhard Emanuel Frost
Gerhard Frost, Lutheran theologian, dies

The Rev. Gerhard E. Frost, 78, a retired theology professor at Luther Northwestern Seminary, died of cancer Saturday at his St. Paul home.

Frost taught at the St. Paul seminary, formerly known as Luther Theological Seminary, from 1956 until retiring in 1977. For several years there he also was dean of students.

"He was a great teacher ... and a gifted poet, whose teaching reflected his profound insights," said the Rev. Alvin Rogness, retired president of Luther Northwestern Seminary.

"He had a great ability in seeing profound truths in commonplace things and in incidents in his own life, and he could take the common and ordinary and clothe them in truth and beauty.

"When he retired, one of his students asked me, 'How are you going to get this quality of wisdom back on the faculty?'"

Frost, a native of Cheyenne, N.D., graduated from Spring Grove (Minn.) High School, Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and Luther Theological Seminary.

Later he earned a master of divinity degree at Princeton (N.J.) Theological Seminary and also studied at the University of Chicago and Union Theological Seminary in New York City.

For 10 years starting in the mid-1930s he served parishes in Whitefish, Mont., and Williston, N.D.

He was chairman of the Religion Department, campus pastor, and a professor at his alma mater, Luther College, from 1944 to 1956.

Frost had been a frequent lecturer at churches and seminars and wrote nine books, including "Bless My Growing" "A Second Look" "Homing in the Presence" and "The Color of the Night."

He was a visitation pastor and an adult forum leader at University Lutheran Church of Hope in Minneapolis, and a member of the League of Minnesota Poets.

He is survived by his wife, Ivern; daughters Miriam of Minneapolis, Naomi of New York City, and Ruth Mary Frost of Minneapolis; son John of St. Paul; sisters Florence Kronlokken and Esther of Minneapolis; brother Reuben of Fort Garland, Colo., and one granddaughter.

Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at University Lutheran Church of Hope, 6th St. and 13th Ave. SE., Minneapolis. Visitation will start at 12:30 p.m. Burial will be in Lakeport Cemetery in Laporte, Minn.

The family suggests memorials to the University Lutheran Church of Hope Accessibility Fund or the Luther Northwestern Seminary book store.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Washburn-McReavy Southeast Chapel, 200 Central Ave. SE., Minneapolis.

-- Minneapolis Star and Tribune, Monday, May 25, 1987, p. 14A
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