Richard Luebbert Oral History 2
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Ninety-one-year-old Richard Luebbert shares memories from throughout his life, including moments of pride as well as regret. He describes growing up in Prohibition-era St. Louis with an alcoholic father, dropping out of high school, and working in a war industry after the outbreak of World War II. Unable to serve in the military for health reasons, he returned to school to complete his education and enter ministerial work. Richard met his wife, Dorothy, while they were both students, and they were married within six months. While completing college, he served multiple rural churches, and Dorothy taught in a one-room school. The Luebberts relocated to New Orleans in the early 1950s so that Richard could enter seminary. He worked as a salesman for Western Auto and later the Fuller Brush Company, in addition to pastoral work, in order to pay his way through school. After completing all coursework necessary for a doctorate, he accepted a full-time pastorate in Mobile, Alabama, and never completed his dissertation. Richard also shares memories of living in the Deep South during the era of the Civil Rights Movement and the racial attitudes he encountered within his congregations.

This oral history was conducted by Carol Bolton on November 29, 2014 in Shelbyville, Kentucky.

Licence : CC BY-NC-SA 3.0