John Wallhausser, educator, scholar, and artist, passed away Thursday, July 18th, 2019 at his home in Berea, Kentucky. He was born November 10th, 1932 in San Pedro Sula, Honduras and emigrated from Germany to the United States in 1937.
Wallhausser earned his bachelor’s degree at The University of Pittsburgh in 1954 and completed his Ph.D. at Yale University in 1965. He served as Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Upsala College in East Orange, New Jersey from 1961 to 1975. Following a one-year appointment as Visiting Lilly Professor at Berea College, John and his family moved to Berea, Kentucky in 1976. During his tenure of twenty-six years at Berea College, John served as Chairperson for the Department of Philosophy and Religion, and as The Henry Mixter Penniman Professor of Philosophy. Through his work at the college, John also developed a close connection with Old Regular Baptist communities in eastern Kentucky. He retired from Berea College in 2002.
John was an avid traveler, gardener, and painter. In his later years, he traveled often to Italy, spending much time at Lake Orta. Many of his paintings focus on landscapes of this area. John delighted in the company of good friends and, above all, he loved his family.
John was preceded in death by his parents Hans and Juliana Wallhausser. He is survived by his wife Mary, brothers William (Patricia) and Frederick, and sons Chris (Lori), David (Cyndy), and Karl (Brenna). John’s grandchildren are Nicholas, Juliana, Hannah and John. Chloe and Carter are his great-grandchildren.
There will be two services for John: the first will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 24th, 2019 at St. Clare Catholic Church, 622 Chestnut Street, Berea, Kentucky; the second will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 30th, 2019 at St. Thomas Lutheran Church, 1285 Barnes Mill Road, Richmond, Kentucky.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in John’s memory to Hospice Care Plus, 208 Kidd Drive, Berea, KY, 40403.