Rev. Frederick August Gast
Rev. Frederick August Gast, A.B., A.M., D.D.,
LL.D., emeritus professor of Hebrew and Old Testament Science in the Theological
Seminary, Lancaster, Pa., died on February 11, 1917, in his eighty-second year.
He was born in Lancaster, Pa., where he spent the major part of his life. His
early education was received in the local city schools and subsequently he
graduated in turn from Franklin and Marshall College and the Theological
Seminary. He was ordained in 1856, and held two pastoral charges: New Holland,
in Lancaster County, and the Fort Loudon and St. Thomas Charge, in Franklin
County. These combined pastorates covered about seven and one-half years. During
the Civil War he was appointed Chaplain of the Forty-fifth Regiment, P. V. V.
I., remaining with the regiment until it was mustered out of service.
From 1867 to 71, he was principal of Franklin and Marshall Academy. From 1871
to 1872 he was professor of Historical and Political Economy in Franklin and
Marshall College. From 1872-73 he was "Tutor of Biblical Theology" in
the Theological Seminary, and from 1873 to January. 1909, he was Professor of
Hebrew and Old Testament Science in the same institution. From January, 1909, up
to the date of his death he was Emeritus Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament
Science. He was therefore officially connected with these educational
institutions for the full number of fifty years.
From Obituaries including Portraits and Biographical
Sketches, Almanac and Year Book for the Reformed Church in the United States,
1918, page 49
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