Fellows of the Society

Recognizing a person as a Fellow of the Hymn Society is the highest honor The Hymn Society can confer. Honorees may include authors of hymns, composers of hymn tunes, editors of hymn books, and recognized scholars in the field of hymnology. Honorees are selected by the Executive Committee and are announced at the Annual Meeting.

We are excited to announce our two newest Fellows:

 

Full List of Fellows
  • *William Walker Rockwell, 1942
  • *Harry Thacker Burleigh, 1944
  • *Clarence Dickinson, 1946
  • *Helen Adell Dickinson, 1946
  • *Henry Wilder Foote,  1952
  • *Harry Emerson Fosdick, 1952
  • *J. Vincent Higginson, 1952
  • *John Haynes Holmes, 1952
  • *William Pierson Merrill, 1952
  • *Luther D. Reed, 1956
  • *Ruth Ellis Messenger, 1957
  • *Walter Edwin Buszin, 1962
  • *Leonard Ellinwood, 1962
  • *Armin Haeussler, 1962
  • *Earl E. Harper, 1962
  • *Thomas Tiplady, 1962
  • *Deane Edwards, 1966
  • *William Watkins Reid, 1967
  • *Phillip Sidney Watters, 1968
  • *David Hugh Jones, 1970
  • *Lee Hastings Bristol, Jr., 1972
  • *Shirley Lewis Brown, 1972
  • *George Litch Knight, 1972
  • *Jean Woodward Steele, 1972
  • *Jan O. Bender, 1975
  • *Ralph Mortensen, 1975
  • *Francis Bland Tucker, 1980
  • *Fred Pratt Green, 1982
  • *Frank Von Christierson, 1982
  • *James Rawlings Sydnor, 1983
  • *Anatasia Van Burkalow, 1983
  • *Erik Routley, 1985 (posthumously)
  • *John Whitridge Wilson, 1985
  • *Austin Cole Lovelace, 1986
  • *Stanley Llewellen Osborne, 1986
  • *Jaroslav Jan Vajda, 1988
  • *Donald Paul Hustad, 1989
  • Mary K. Oyer, 1989
  • *George Herbert Shorney, 1990
  • *Hugh Thomas McElrath, 1991
  • *William Jensen Reynolds, 1992
  • Carl F. Schalk, 1992
  • *Margaret Clarkson, 1993
  • Carlton R. Young, 1993
    • *Ellen Jane Lorenz Porter, 1995
    • I-to Loh, 1995
    • Mary Louise Van Dyke, 1996
    • W. Thomas Smith, 1996
    • *Sylvia G. Dunstan, 1996 (posthumously)
    • *L. David Miller, 1997
    • Timothy Dudley-Smith, 1997
    • Alice Parker, 2000
    • *Frederik Herman Kaan, 2001
    • Brian A. Wren, 2001
    • Harry L. Eskew, 2002
    • Emily R. Brink, 2004
    • *Herman Gustav Steumpfle, Jr., 2004
    • Paul H. Westermeyer, 2004
    • Robert J. Batastini, 2006
    • Carl P. Daw, Jr., 2007
    • John L. Bell, 2007
    • C. Michael Hawn, 2008
    • Shirley Erena Murray, 2009
    • David W. Music, 2010
    • Paul A. Richardson, 2010
    • Paul R. Powell, 2010
    • Ruth C. Duck, 2013
    • Delores Dufner, 2013
    • Fred Kimball Graham, 2014
    • Nicholas Temperley, 2014
    • W. James Abbington, Jr., 2015
    • Daniel Charles Damon, 2016
    • Deborah Carlton Loftis, 2016
    • John Thornburg, 2016
    • John Ambrose, 2017 – View Press Release
    • Melva W. Costen, 2017 – View Press Release
    • João Faustini, 2017 – View Press Release
    • John Richard “Dick” Watson, 2017 – View Press Release
    • S T Kimbrough, Jr., 2018 – Kimbrough Press Release
    • Patrick Matsikenyiri, 2018 – Matsikenyiri Press Release
    • Pablo Sosa, 2018 – Sosa Press Release
    • Ken Nafziger, 2019 – Nafziger Press Release
    • Thomas H. Troeger, 2019 – Troeger Press Release

    * denotes the individual is deceased

    Fellows of The Hymn Society in attendance
    at the 2019 Annual Conference in Dallas, TX

    (back row, left to right) Paul Westermeyer, John Thornburg, Ruth Duck, C. Michael Hawn, Dan Damon, Emily Brink
    (front row, left to right) Delores Dufner,  Deborah Carlton Loftis, Paul Richardson