Victor Roland Gold, OT Professor Emeritus, Dies

The Rev. Dr. Victor Roland Gold, Sr., Henry C. Luckey Professor of Old Testament Emeritus, died on September 17 at Salem Lutheran Home in Oakland, CA.

Funeral services were held on September 22 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell Street, San Francisco, CA, with a visitation preceding. A reception followed the service in Heritage Hall.

Dr. Gold was born September 18, 1924, in Garden City, Kansas. He graduated from Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa, in 1945, and attended Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Divinity degree in 1946. in 1951 he received his doctoral degree in Old Testament studies from the John Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, where he was a student of William Foxwell Albright, arguably the pre-eminent American Old Testament scholar of his time.

Ordained in 1946, his first call was as pastor of St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Freer, Texas. He then accepted a call to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Alice, Texas, 1946-1947. During his time of graduate study at Johns Hopkins, he served at St Paul’s Evangelical Church in Baltimore, Maryland, and as supply pastor in the Maryland Synod from 1949-1952, when he also served as Assistant Professor of Old Testament at Hamma Divinity School, Springfield, Ohio. He served as pastor at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Kalamazoo, Michigan, from 1953-1956. In 1956, Dr. Gold was called to be Professor of Old Testament at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, where he served for more than 50 years. He retired from PLTS in 2004, but continued to teach courses part-time each semester until this fall.

He is survived by his wife, the Rev. Frances Noreen Meginness; a son, Victor Jr, and his wife, Christine; a daughter, Joanne; two step-children, Shannon and Timothy and his wife Michelle; eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren. A son Stephan died in 1987.

Condolences may be sent to Pastor F. Noreen Meginness, 4219 Ridgemont Court, Oakland, CA 94619.

Memorial gifts may be sent to Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, 2770 Marin Ave. Berkeley, CA 94708.