Born: March 26, 1919, Ru­ther­ford­ton, North Ca­ro­li­na.

Died: Ap­ril 25, 2010.

Buried: Well­shire Me­mo­ri­al Gar­dens, Den­ver, Co­lo­ra­do.


Austin was the son of Ar­so­la Craw­ford Love­lace and Maude Lee White.

He at­tend­ed High Point Col­lege, High Point, North Ca­ro­li­na (AB 1939 & MusD) and Un­ion The­o­lo­gic­al Sem­in­ary, New York Ci­ty (MSM 1941, DSM 1950).

He served con­gre­ga­tions in North Ca­ro­li­na; Ev­an­ston, Il­li­nois; Un­ion The­o­log­ic­al Sem­ina­ry; Dal­las, Tex­as; and Den­ver, Col­o­ra­do.

He taught at the Un­i­ver­si­ty of Ne­bras­ka; Queens Col­lege, Char­lotte, North Ca­ro­li­na; Da­vid­son Col­lege, Da­vid­son, North Ca­ro­li­na; Gar­rett The­o­log­ic­al Sem­in­ary, Ev­an­ston, Il­li­nois; Un­ion The­o­log­ic­al Se­mi­na­ry; Il­iff School of The­ol­o­gy, Den­ver, Col­o­ra­do; and Tem­ple Bu­ell Col­lege, Den­ver, Col­o­ra­do.

He also served as the first pre­si­dent of the Na­tion­al Fel­low­ship of Me­tho­dist Mu­si­cians, pre­si­dent of the Hymn So­ci­e­ty in Am­er­i­ca and Ca­na­da, and vice-pres­i­dent of the Chor­is­ters Guild.

In 1966, he chaired the tune com­mit­tee for the Unit­ed Me­tho­dist Book of Hymns.




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