In Memoriam: Robert N. Bellah

Dr. Robert N. Bellah, the eminent sociologist of religion, Elliott Professor of Sociology, Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, and active, faithful Episcopalian also died last night, of complications from recent surgery.

The Rt. Rev. Marc Andrus wrote: “Robert’s rector, the Rev. Phil Brochard, All Souls, Berkeley, called me from the midst of All Souls’ God Squad work trip in Brooklyn, where they are doing Hurricane Sandy relief and rebuilding work. Robert was a more recent friend of ours, though his famous book, Habits of the Heart, had a formative influence on me during graduate school. He preached one of the better sermons I’ve ever heard for Phil Brochard’s installation as rector of All Souls, and Robert was kind enough to let Sheila and me fete him at our home, celebrating the publication of another landmark book, Religion in Human Evolution. He also allowed me to interview him as a Forum event at our cathedral.”

Rest eternal grant to Robert, O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him.

Dr. Bellah’s funeral will be held Tuesday, August 20, at 2 p.m. at All Souls, 2220 Cedar Street, Berkeley.