1874–1938
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April 6, 1874, Brodheadsville, Pennsylvania.

September 20, 1938, Hoboken, New Jersey.

Buena Vista Cemetery, Brodheadsville, Pennsylvania.

Calvin was the son of Na­than Lau­fer and An­ge­li­na Weiss, and husband of Ell­en Flo­rin­da Metz­ger.

Laufer attended Frank­lin and Mar­shall College, Lan­cas­ter, Penn­syl­van­ia (BA 1897, MA 1900), and Union Theological Seminary, New York City (1900).

After ordination as a Pres­by­ter­i­an minister, he pastored at the Stein­way Reformed Church, Long Island City, New York (1900–05) and the First Pres­by­ter­i­an Church, Ho­bo­ken, New Jer­sey (1905–15). He then served as a field representative for the Pres­by­ter­i­an Board of Publication and Sunday School Work (1914–24), and the Pres­by­ter­i­an Board of Christian Education (1925–38). He helped edit the Pres­by­ter­i­an Hymnal of 1933 and the Handbook to the Hymnal, 1935. His other works include:

  1. Holy Father, Bless Us
  2. Holy Father, God of Might
  3. Like Thee, Dear Master, Help Us Feel
  4. My Life, Dear Lord, I Give to Thee
  5. O Magnify the Lord with Me
  6. O Master of the Loving Heart
  7. O Thou Eternal Christ of God
  8. Our Hearts, Dear Lord, Are in the Hills
  9. We Thank Thee, Lord, Thy Paths of Service Lead
  10. When Comes the Golden Sunset
  1. Armentrout
  2. Covert, 1928
  3. Evening Light
  4. Field
  5. Hall
  6. Littlefield
  7. Magnify