Religion: B. I. Retires

The flint-hard mind and steely pen of Bernard Iddings Bell, canon of the Episcopal Church, educator and high churchman, have struck many a light for Christians. Last week, Dr. Bell, 68, retired in the dark.

Blindness (from acute glaucoma) has stopped Canon Bell's work as "Episcopal Representative" on the campus of the University of Chicago. The assignment was always broad—part of his church's policy of freeing one of its most distinguished writer-preachers from specific duties. Bell made his job a kind of unofficial chaplaincy to the university's brightest brains, answering questions, enlivening bull sessions and putting the things of...

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