||Frank W. Price|
||Price, Frank W. (Frank Wilson), 1895-1974|
Frank W. Price was born in Kashing, China, February 25, 1895. His parents P. Frank (Philip Francis) Price and Esther Price were missionaries with the Presbyterian Church U.S.(Southern) near Shanghai. Dr. Price spent his early years in rural China surrounded by native culture and missionary work. Price returned to the United States to finish his education, and in 1915 he received a bachelors degree from Davidson College. From 1915 to 1917, Price was Principal of Hillcrest School, Nanking. He traveled with Chinese labourers to France in December 1918-19 with the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA). Returning to the United States, Price earned a B.D. from Yale in 1922 and later a Ph.D. in 1938 also from Yale. Price married Essie Ott McClure on June 14, 1923. Mr. and Mrs. Price had two children, Mary and Frank Jr. and a marriage that lasted over 50 years. Returning to China in 1923 as an ordained missionary of the Presbyterian Church U.S., Price became a professor at Nanking Theological Seminary, a post which he held until 1952. With the outbreak of the Sino-Japanese War in 1937, Frank and Essie Price fled to Western China.
Between 1939 and 1945, Dr. Price worked to encourage understanding and aid to China in the United States through a series of articles, lectures, and radio broadcasts during World War II. His close relations with Generalissimo and Madame Chiang Kai-shek gave Dr. Price a better insight into the problems and workings of the Nationalist Government in China. He was a member of the Chinese delegation at the United Nations Organizational Conference in San Francisco in 1945, and his presence among the other Chinese delegates reiterated the trust that the Chiang government placed in Dr. Price. Dr. Price also worked with the Church of Christ in China between 1948 and 1950.
Following the communist victory in China's civil war in 1949, Dr. and Mrs. Price endured three years of denouncements, accusations, and house arrest before being expelled from China in 1952. On his return from the Far East in November 1952, Dr. Price accepted a pastorate at New Momnouth Presbyterian Church near Lexington, Virginia (1953-55) and served as Moderator of the Presbyterian Church U.S. (1953-54). Dr. Price served as director of the Missionary Research Library in New York City between 1956 and 1961. Dr. Price then served as professor in International Studies at Mary Baldwin College (1961-66) before retiring to Lexington, Virginia. He died in Lexington on January 10, 1974.
In addition to his work as a missionary in China, Dr. Price also wrote many books and articles and was a noted lecturer
and world traveler. Some of his book titles include: We Went to West China (1938), As the Lightning Flashes
(compiled from the Sprunt Lectures, 1948), Chinese Christian Hymns (translation, 1953), and Marx Meets Christ (1957). Dr. Price completed trips to Europe in 1956, Ghana and the Congo in 1958, an eighteen month study trip to India and Southeast Asia in 1963-64, and attended the International Missionary Conferences in Madras, India, 1938 and Whitby, Canada, 1947.