Remembering Walter Hooper (1931-2020)


  • Editorial Staff Marion E. Wade Center
  • David C. Downing Marion E. Wade Center, Wheaton College
  • Jason Lepojärvi Thorneloe University at Laurentian
  • Holly Ordway Houston Baptist University
  • Steven A. Beebe Texas State University
  • Philip Ryken Wheaton College
  • Owen A. Barfield Owen Barfield Literary Estate
  • James Como The New York C.S. Lewis Society
  • Elaine Aymard-Tixier Toulouse University, France
  • Jerry Root Wheaton College


Walter was also greatly loved and valued by many who knew him as a friend. The Editorial Staff of VII have asked a number of these to share their memories of this gentle, fun-loving and devout man who found great joy in sharing his love for the works of C.S. Lewis with so many others. 

  • Editorial Staff, "Introduction," p. e123.
  • James Como, "A Providential Friend," pp. e124-e126.
  • Owen A. Barfield, "A Shared Dedication to Owen Barfield," pp. e126-e127.
  • Philip Ryken, "In the Service of Another," p. e128.
  • Steven A. Beebe, "A Generous Spirit," pp. e129-e131.
  • Holly Ordway, "A Link in the Chain," p. e132.
  • Jason Lepojärvi, "Walter's Smile," pp. e133-e135.
  • Eliane Aymard-Tixier, "A Gentle, Kind, Faithful Friend," pp. e136-e137.
  • Jerry Root, "Encounters with Walter Hooper," pp. e138-e139.
  • David C. Downing, "A Good Steward," p. e140-e142.

Author Biographies

David C. Downing, Marion E. Wade Center, Wheaton College

Co-Director of the Marion E. Wade Center and co-holder of the Marion E. Wade Chair in Christian Thought at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois.

Jason Lepojärvi, Thorneloe University at Laurentian

Assistant Professor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies, Thorneloe University at Laurentian 

Holly Ordway, Houston Baptist University

Fellow of Faith and Culture at The Word on Fire Institute and Visiting Professor of Apologetics at Houston Baptist University

Steven A. Beebe, Texas State University

Regents’and University Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas

Philip Ryken, Wheaton College

President, Wheaton College    

Owen A. Barfield, Owen Barfield Literary Estate

Grandson of Owen Barfield and Trustee of the Owen Barfield Literary Estate

Elaine Aymard-Tixier, Toulouse University, France

Former Senior Lecturer in English at Toulouse University, France

Jerry Root, Wheaton College

Professor of Evangelism, Director of the Evangelism Initiative at Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois.



2020-12-23 — Updated on 2021-01-06




Remembering Walter Hooper