The collection is arrange loosely around broad subjects:
Religion, theologies, religion and politics, religion and personal liberty, issues in religion including women, sexuality, suicide, and homosexuality, S.O.S. and Hinge, his writings, and his personal papers.
Ira G. Zepp, Jr. was born in 1929 to Ira G. Zepp , Sr. and Nellie Katheryn Foard Zepp in Hartford County, Maryland. He graduated from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) in 1952. It was at college where he met Mary Elizabeth Dodd. They were married in 1954 and had four children.
Dr. Zepp received his B.D. in theology from Drew Theological Seminary, 1956. He continued his studies at the Universities of Edinburgh and Gottingen, and at Harvard Divinity School. In 1971 he earned his Ph.D. in theology at St. Mary’s Seminary and University, Baltimore. Later he studied at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the Hartford Seminary. He did further study in Cuernavaca, Mexico and spent a summer in Eastern Europe studying Christian-Marxist dialogue and was a Fulbright scholar in India.
Zepp took the position of Dean of Chapel at Western Maryland College in 1963. He was an Assistant Professor of Religion; promoted to Associate Professor; and full Professor of Religious Studies in 1981. During his tenure he was awarded many honors including Distinguished Teacher in 1973 and 1982, Maryland Professor of the Year in 1989. He also taught at St. Mary’s Seminary and University, Iliff Theological School in Denver, and Wesley Theological Seminary in D.C. His courses were popular at Carroll Community College in Maryland.
Many of the courses taught by Zepp tackled divisive issues including racism, sexuality, and liberation movements and human freedom, as well as controversial issues of religion and gender, religion and sex, and religion and death. Zepp not only lectured about liberation and human freedom he was an activist. In the 1960s he walked with Martin Luther King, Jr. and other Civil Rights protesters in the march on Selma, Alabama. At home he helped desegregate many restaurants in Westminster, Maryland. On campus he involved himself with Student Opportunities Service (SOS) and Operation Hinge helping communities and individuals through access to education.
Dr. Zepp authored and co-authored a dozen books including AMuslim Primer: Beginner’s Guideto Islam, Search the Beloved Community: The Thinking of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Rabindranath Tagore, American Interpretations. Pedagogy of the Heart: A Teachers Credo was published just before his death August 1, 2009.
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Acquisition Note: Source: Allen Zepp. Gift
Preferred Citation: Collection name, number; McDaniel College Archives
Collection Material Type: Personal Papers
Other Note: Because of space limitations, Ira Zepp's library will be deaccessioned. A record of all books in this library will be kept and will include title, author(s)/editor(s), publication date, publisher, place of publication, edition, and number of pages.