William J. Whalen

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For director of the National Park Service, see William J. Whalen III.

William Joseph Whalen (January 1, 1926 – March 25, 2008)[1][2] was a nationally-known American non-fiction writer and an expert on comparative religion.[3]

Whalen attended the University of Notre Dame and received degrees from Marquette and Northwestern. He was an information officer with the U. S. Navy during World War II and served on Saipan and Guam.[4]

For over forty years Whalen worked at Purdue University as a professor of communication. From 1950 he also directed the publications program at that school[4] and in 1960 helped found Purdue University Press.[2]

Whalen, a Roman Catholic, authored or co-authored fifteen books and wrote over two hundred articles, pamphlets and encyclopedia articles.[4] Much of his writing compares Catholicism with other beliefs.

He died in 2008 at the age of 82 in West Lafayette, Indiana.[2] At his death, he was director emeritus of university publications and professor emeritus of communication.[2]

Partial list of writings[edit]

Books
Pamphlets
  • Reaching Out to the Lutherans with Heart and Mind, Liguori Publications (June 1984), 32pp. ISBN 0-89243-206-3
  • Reaching Out to the Methodists with Heart and Mind, Liguori Publications (June 1984), 32pp. ISBN 0-89243-207-1
  • Reaching Out to the Presbyterians and the Reformed with Heart and Mind, Liguori Publications (June 1984), 32pp. ISBN 0-89243-208-X
  • Reaching Out to the Baptists with Heart and Mind, Liguori Publications (June 1984), 32pp. ISBN 0-89243-209-8
  • Reaching Out to the Episcopalians with Heart and Mind, Liguori Publications (June 1984), 32pp. ISBN 0-89243-210-1

References[edit]

  1. ^ OCLC search result at errol.oclc.org. Retrieved 2011-10-24.
  2. ^ a b c d Deaths Inside Purdue, April 1, 2008, p.8. Retrieved 2011-10-24.
  3. ^ Christianity and American Freemasonry blurb at Ignatius Press website. Accessed 2011-10-24.
  4. ^ a b c "The Quakers, or Our Neighbors, The Friends", "About the author", at FGC Quaker Library online. Retrieved 2011-10-24.

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