Carol Rausch Albright

©2010 Dan Hille, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
Visiting Professor of Religion and Sciencealbright1@aol.com

Carol Rausch Albright, now Visiting Professor of Religion and Science at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, has spent much of her life working in religion, science, or a combination thereof. A graduate of Augustana College (Illinois), a teen-age Phi Beta Kappa and Mortarboard member, she worked as leader of campus ministry at Oregon State University. Because there was then no career path for women in theology, she chose publishing and found opportunity in science journalism. Her publications included some 200 articles for World Book Encyclopedia; she edited about 20 MBA textbooks for Dow-Jones Irwin as well. She was recruited to write a monthly medical newsletter for SmithKline, which eventually circulated by request to about 30,000 physicians and was honored for journalistic excellence. The opportunity to become Executive Editor of Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science finally allowed her to work in both religion and science. After nine years there, she joined her husband, John R. Albright, as regional co-director of the John Templeton Foundation Religion and Science Course Program; they arranged 20 national and regional conferences in 15 states that led to the establishment of many new courses in religion and science. An invited speaker at universities, featured on international television and AOL, she has written, edited, or co-authored four books and 15 articles and book chapters in religion and science; reviewers included The New Yorker and Christian Century. She and her husband have hosted The Chicago Group, a monthly religion-and-science salon, for more than 17 years, and they support the work of t he Zygon Center for Religion and Science. Carol has two sons and five grandsons from her first marriage, which ended in widowhood, followed by happy remarriage.