Selva Raj, on March 15, 2008 in Albion. Selva was chair and professor of religious studies at Albion College where he had taught since 1995. An author of several books, chapters, and articles, Selva was an internationally recognized scholar of popular Christianity in India. In 2006 he was named to a second four-year term as the Stanley S. Kresge Endowed Professor of Religious Studies. Selva completed a three-year certificate course in philosophy at Morning Star Regional Seminary in Calcutta, India, in 1973. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Calcutta in 1975. He also completed a three-year certificate course in theology from Morning Star in 1975. Selva received a M.Ph. in philosophy at Jnana Deepa Vidyapeeth, India, in 1981 and served as an adjunct professor of philosophy at Morning Star in 1982. He became an ordained Catholic priest in the 1980s. Selva worked alongside Mother Teresa while serving in Calcutta. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1994. Past president of the Association of Hindu-Christian Studies, Selva also served as program chair, vice president, and president of the Mid-West American Academy of Religion. He founded, organized, and convened the annual Conference on the Study of Religions in India. Selva was honored with the Phi Beta Kappa Scholar of the Year Award in 2004. He also received the Richard L. Baird Faculty Prize in 2002. He is survived by his brothers and sisters, as well as a special nephew.
(For remembrances by friends and former students, see the Purple and Gold section of the online Io Triumphe!.)