The Rev. Dr. Ralph W. Sockman, '11, one of the nation's best known Protestant clergymen and a Trustee of Ohio Wes- leyan since 1941, died Aug. 29 at his home in New York City at the age of 80. Pastor Emeritus of Christ Church, Meth¬ odist, in New York, he had served the church as minister for more than 44 years before his retirement in 1962. Dr. Sock- man was one of the first ministers in the country to preach a sermon on the radio, and he became famous for his Sunday broadcasts on NBC's The National Radio Pulpit, with which he was associated from 1928-62.
In 1941, he was named one of the six foremost clergymen in the country in a poll conducted by Christian Century. Twenty years later (Oct. 6, 1961), Time magazine referred to him as ". . . one of the top clergymen in the U.S." who "... is generally acknowledged as the best Protestant preacher in the U.S."
Constantly in demand as a speaker, he continued a full speaking schedule after his retirement and presented Ohio Wes- leyan's Baccalaureate address in 1969. In¬ terested in ecumenical and world peace