In Memoriam: Hans-Christoph Schmidt-Lauber
A major concern in his academic research and teaching as well as his personal spiritual life had always been liturgy, and especially the Eucharist. Hans-Christoph Schmidt-Lauber was a heartfelt liturgist and a noted ecumenist. The emeritus professor for practical theology at the protestant faculty, university of Vienna, was married with five children. On 25 April, aged 81, he died all of a sudden, shortly after he had given a lecture about the Lima Document and its references to Baptism, Eucharist and Office.
He completed his studies at the universities of Marburg, Tübingen, Heidelberg and Birmingham, and received his doctor in theology at Heidelberg university in 1953. In the following years he held various offices for communal and educational institutions, in Lübeck, Kiel, South and South-West Africa, until in 1977 he was offered a chair at the university of Vienna.
Schmidt-Lauber was involved with the foundational congress of Societas Liturgica in Driebergen (NL) in 1967 and an active member of this international and interconfessional society for the enhancement of the study and renewal of liturgy.