As a young Fulbright scholar at the University of Göttingen in the 1950s, Ted Runyon learned from Germany’s most celebrated theologians. The experience shaped his career—landing him a teaching job at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology—and convinced him of the great value of scholarships.
Today the emeritus professor and his wife, Cindy, who has two Emory degrees and is retired from a 24-year career at Pitts Theology Library, have created several gift annuities to fund an Emory scholarship for visiting Göttingen students. A faithful decision, the Runyons’ philanthropy comes from the heart as well as the mind. For them, service is an essential part of faith.
Ted Runyon, professor emeritus of systematic theology, is known for teaching complex concepts and for engaging students. He won Candler School of Theology’s first Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award. In addition, he has a history of engagement with issues of racial justice, women’s rights, poverty relief, and the environment. He has published extensively and served Emory as president
of the University Senate, among other offices.
Through visiting appointments, speaking engagements, and support of exchange programs, Runyon has taken theology and Emory into the global community.