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Walter Maier

Walter Maier was employed as a professor of Old Testament Interpretation at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis when he accepted the job to be the first radio host of The Lutheran Hour in 1930. For twenty years he proclaimed the gospel of Christ across the airwaves while also conducting citywide evangelistic rallies. In addition, he preached in churches and schools, including Wheaton College in 1944. Many of Maier's sermons were transcribed and published as books. He died suddenly, a few moments after midnight, January 11, 1950, at age 57. Billy Graham sent a telegram: "We join with friends who mourn the passing of Dr. Walter A. Maier, whose Lutheran Hour was a constant benediction and source of strength."