October 22, 1897, York, Pennsylvania.

After 1968.

Son of Harry William and Ada Gertrude Gilbert Dietz, Purd sang as a boy in the choir at St. James Episcopal Church in York, and later in York’s St. James Episcopal Church. At college, he belonged to both the college choir and glee club. He was educated at Ursinus College, Collegeville, Pennsylvania (AB 1918, DD 1937); Central Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio; and the University of Edinburgh (a year of graduate study around 1940).

Ordained in 1921, Dietz married Thisbe Elizabeth Schultz that same year. He served at the Fourth Reformed Church in Dayton, Ohio, for four years, and for 13 years at Trinity Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He then became professor of practical theology at Eden Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri. He served on the committee that compiled the Evangelical and Reformed Church’s Book of Worship, and was president of the denomination’s Board of National Missions (elected the board’s executive secretary in 1949).

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