The Rev. Herbert Stephenson Wentz, Class of 1960, Professor Emeritus of Religion in the College of Arts and Sciences of The University of the South and a former Marshal of the University Faculties, died at his home in Sewanee on October 16, 2015. He was 80 years old and is survived by his wife, Sofia, a former dean of the faculty at St. Andrews-Sewanee School. Born in Salisbury, North Carolina, in 1934, a son of Carolyn and Charles Wentz, Wentz graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1956. He went on to take degrees at The General Theological Seminary, at the University of Oxford, and at the University of Exeter. Ordained to the Episcopal priesthood in the Diocese of North Carolina in 1960, Wentz was vicar of St. Christophers Church in Garner, North Carolina, and curate at St. Lukes Church in Atlanta.
Wentz was serving at St. Lukes when Prof. James Brettmann, the founding chairman of Sewanee's Department of Religion, invited him to teach in the College in 1965. He went on to serve The University of the South as professor, marshal, department chairman, and secretary of the Faculty. He taught generations of Sewanee students the intricacies of the King James Version of the Bible and, as Marshal, presided over decades of convocations.