History of the Baldwin Wallace Chair in Faith & Life
The Baldwin Wallace Chair in Faith & Life was established in 1987 to focus on teaching religious studies; developing programs for clergy and laity, including a lecture series; and strengthening the College's long standing relationship with the United Methodist Church. Family, friends and business associates of Theo and Belle Moll made the endowed chair, in the department of religion, possible to honor and recognize their service to Baldwin Wallace University. The Rev. Dr. Albert C. Outler was the speaker for the Inaugural Lecture Series, which was held March 1-3, 1987.
Theo Moll was the founder and director of MTD Products Inc. This company that he founded became a leading manufacturer of dies, automotive metal stamping, bicycles and outdoor power equipment, with plants in the U.S., Canada and Germany. Theo Moll served Baldwin Wallace as diligently as he served his company. Moll was first elected to the Baldwin Wallace Board of Trustees in 1965 and served as vice chairman of the Board for many years. He led the successful 125th Baldwin Wallace Anniversary Campaign in 1970 and served as chairman of the financial development committee. In 1973 Baldwin Wallace awarded Theo Moll the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters not only for his commitment to the College, but also for his leadership and dedication to the larger world of business and industry and his devotion to family and church.
In 1989 Dr. Frederick E. Blumer was named to hold the Baldwin Wallace Chair in Faith & Life. Dr. Blumer held that position until his retirement in 1999. The current chairholder is Dr. Alan Kolp.