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Eugene Carson Blake

president, Churches of Christ

Eugene Carson Blake (1906-85), an American Protestant leader, was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and educated at Princeton University. He has taught at Forman Christian College, Lahore (then in India, now in Pakistan). Blake also served as a minister of Presbyterian churches in Albany, New York, from 1935 to 1940, and in Pasadena, California, from 1940 to 1951. He served as stated clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America and later the United Presbyterian Church, a successor body. Blake also served as president of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America from 1954 to 1957. He was a delegate to the assemblies of the World Council of Churches in Evanston, Illinois, in 1954 and in New Delhi in 1961, and was secretary general of the council from 1966 until his retirement in 1972.