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Adelbert Arnold Wettstein came to Rollins College in 1968 as a professor and an assistant to the Dean of the Knowles Chapel. As a patient counselor, insightful thinker, and gifted teacher, he helped Rollins students to continue to be aware of moral issues through services to the community.

Wettstein was born on January 28, 1928, in Hoboken, New Jersey. He studied at Princeton, where he received his bachelor's degree. From the Union Theological Seminary, Wettstein received his B.D., and became an ordained minister in 1951. He began his graduate studies at Columbia University, but later finished his Ph.D. at McGill University in 1968.

From 1952 until 1954, Wettstein served as a Chaplain in the United States Navy. He also taught at the University of Vermont and McGill before coming to Rollins College. At Rollins, Wettstein has taught courses in World Religions, Contemporary Religious Thought and Religion in America.

Throughout his Rollins career, Wettstein was also recognized with several awards, including the Arthur Vining Davis Fellowship Award in 1971, the William Fremont Blackman Medal in 1975, the Hugh F. McKean Award in 1979, the George Morgan Ward Medal in 1992, and the Sullivan Medallion in 2005. Wettstein passed away on May 30, 2008.

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Wettstein discusses his first impression of Rollins

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Wettstein discusses his course of service to the third world

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Wettstein discusses his work with Habitat for Humanity in Winter Park

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Wettstein Comments on the proactive nature of Rollins students in the community

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Wettstein Comments being Dean of the Chapel and weddings