Kenneth Scott Latourette

1884-1968. Church historian. Born and raised in a devout Baptist family in Oregon, he studied at Yale (1904-9), traveled for the Student Volunteer Movement,* then taught in China until invalided home in 1912. After recovering he began his life's work of teaching and writing church history, especially the history of missions, and Far Eastern history. He returned to Yale in 1921, continuing to live on campus in his bachelor quarters after his retirement from full- time teaching in 1953. He served as president of the American Baptist Convention, the American Historial Association, and the Association for Asian Studies. He served on numerous editorial boards and was actively associated both with the ecumenical movement and with various evangelical organizations. He perennially hosted informal student discussion groups. His works include The Development of China (1917); The Development of Japan (1918); History of Christian Missions in China (1929); The Chinese: Their History and Culture (1934); History of the Expansion of Christianity (7 vols., 1937-45); A History of Christianity (1953); Christianity in a Revolutionary Age (5 vols., 1958- 62); and Beyond the Ranges: An Autobiography (1967). He was honored with a festschrift edited by W.C. Harr, Frontiers of the Christian World Mission (1962).