Rev Dr Rolph Mayer, a founding lecturer and long-time principal of the LCA’s Lutheran Teachers College (LTC), has died, aged 90.

Dr Mayer was a lecturer at LTC when it was based in Highgate in Adelaide’s inner south from 1968 and was principal of the LCA’s teacher training school from 1970 until 1987.

He continued to teach at LTC when it moved to the campus of Luther Seminary in North Adelaide in 1990. He retired from full-time teaching at the end of 1995.

Dr Mayer was also a founding committee member of Lutheran Student Fellowship in South Australia in the 1950s.

Ordained as a Lutheran pastor in 1951, he served the people of the Lower Murray Home Mission in South Australia until 1954. He was a teacher and chaplain from 1955 until 1967 at Immanuel College in suburban Adelaide, firstly at Walkerville then at Novar Gardens.

In 2009, he was granted an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by Australian Lutheran College.

Dr Mayer, who died in Adelaide on 31 August, is survived by his wife, Margaret, and daughters Susan and Anne and their families. His son, Peter, predeceased him.

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