Dr. Charles Caldwell Ryrie (b. 1925), former Cairn professor and president from 1958 to 1962, died on Tuesday, February 16, 2016—just weeks before his 91st birthday.
A notable figure within the evangelical community, Dr. Ryrie was perhaps best known as the editor of The Ryrie Study Bible (Moody Publishers). He taught at Dallas Theological Seminary, Word of Life Bible Institute, Bibelschule Brake, Westmont College, and The Criswell College.
He earned his BA from Haverford College; ThM and ThD at Dallas Theological Seminary; PhD at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland; and Litt.D. from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, now Liberty University School of Divinity.
Dr. Ryrie was a beloved member of the Cairn community. He served as a teacher and mentor to many students, faculty members, and administrators and remains a critical part of the University’s history, having served as the second president after Dr. William A. Mierop.
“His theological works and his study Bible stand out in terms of their clarity, simplicity, and insight. His scholarly contributions and teaching in classrooms and pulpits across the country and around the world are worthy of our recognition,” President Todd Williams expressed.
“But it was his profound and abiding love of God’s Word that came through in every book, article, lecture, and sermon, which inspired his students. He was a champion of the Word and a servant of the Word made flesh, the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We thank God for his life and testimony and service to the church.”
Dr. Ryrie was the father of three children and had three grandchildren. At the time of his death, he resided in Dallas, TX.
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