Edward F. Gallahue
The Seed in Indiana
Monday, Apr. 16, 1951
If business and industry beat the bushes for the best young recruits, why sho uldn't the Christian ministry do the same?
For Indiana's Methodist Bishop Richard C. Raines, the question had a special significance: the Methodist Church needs
1,200 new ministers a year, but it is currently getting only about 650. To help him do something about it, a hard-driving
Indianapolis insuranceman named Edward F. Gallahue borrowed an idea or two from business salesmanship.
Insuranceman Gallahue (American States Insurance Co.) laid out the campaign. Ministers in each of Indiana's 17
Methodist districts were asked to select one or more outstanding boys in their congregations who might be candidates for
the ministry. Then, at a big get-together in Indianapolis, the boys were to be exposed to the arguments for devoting their
lives to the church. Nothing high-pressure, though, said Bishop Raines—"We prepare the soil and plant the seed and then let
God's sunshine do the work."
The young men turned out nearly 400 strong—some of them in crew cuts and dazzling bow ties. Methodist Walter H. Judd,
Minnesota's medical-missionary Congressman, drew long applause when he spoke of the folly of chasing life's "glittering
prizes" instead of choosing careers "you will be proud to look back on when you get to the end of the line."
Kermit Morrison of DePauw University, six-letter athlete, announced that he had reached a decision; it is going to be the
ministry for him. "I can look around the room and count eight men who have made the same decision I have, and there's not
one sissy among them . . . It's an opportunity to take something to humanity, and not something from it."
Last week, some of the young men registered at Indianapolis' Broadway Methodist Church for further discussion and field
trips. They were joined by teen-age girls who wanted to become missionaries, church secretaries, Sunday school teachers
or social workers. In all, the experiment netted 350 who were interested enough in church vocations to ask for more
information. Insuranceman Gallahue picked up the tab for the whole affair: about $2,200
Community Hospital was founded on August 6, 1956, at the corner of 16th Street and Ritter Avenue on the east side of
Indianapolis. The hospital was the res ult of a massive fund-raising effort started out by volunteers who envisioned a
hospital closer to the booming east side, instead of driving all the way downtown for healthcare. Volunteers began a
house-to-house campaign, collecting loose pocket change. Soon funds poured in from busiesses and civic organizations.
One media account called it "the swiftest, most effective fund-raising campaign of our time." The name "Community Hospital"
was chosen by leaders because of the massive involvement of the neighbors and community of the east side to help build
the hospital. Ground was broken in 1954 at a 28-acre site donated by farmer Edward F. Gallahue.
Butler University's president Alexander E. Jones, acting 1962–1963; 1963–....In the 1960s Jones took a strong stand
against student protesters, telling those who opposed university policies “to leave and go to institutions with policies
more to their liking.” Jones’s stance prompted Edward F. Gallahue to leave a $1 million gift to the campaign for the
science building, successfully completing the campaign...
Edward's Odyssey: An Autobiography
By Edward F. Gallahue
216 pp. New York, Doubleday & Co., 1970. $5.95.
....I couldn't make Ed Gallahue or his recently published autobiography d ull or uninteresting if I tried, but
I'm no genius. Here is a man of uncommon ability and enthusiasm who was a business success before he was
Edward F. Gallahue was born in 1902 near Indianapolis, Indiana, where he has lived, worked, played, suffered,
and dreamed ever since.... he initiated with his brother a new insurance company specializing in automobile
coverage. Growing by leaps and bounds, the American States Insurance Company reflected the management ability
and executive imagination of Edward himself....
Edward's Odyssey is not just the story of business success. As the author notes early in his book,
"I found it impossible for business to constitute my whole life."....
...Mr. Gallahue joined the Methodist Church and immediately became engaged
in a program for recruiting nurses in the Indianapolis Methodist Hospital. The effort was unexpectedly
and extraordinarily successf ul. He went on to sponsor the Indiana Mental Health Association, putting in
his own money and enlisting the aid of Drs. Karl and Will Menninger. He headed a public hospital financial
campaign which raised more money than the city had ever raised for anything. From 1954 to 1960, he organized
six conferences on mental health and religion at the Menninger clinic in Topeka, Kansas. He initiated the
formation of Elton Trueblood's lay religious movement at Earlham College, known as "The Yokefellow Associates."
And from 1963 to 1968, he worked with several members of the Princeton Seminary fac ulty to set up two conferences on
world religions and one on contemporary theology....
Hugh T. Kerr
Princeton Theological Seminary
Princeton, New Jersey