The Right Reverend Elmo C. Acton, a member of the Board of Directors of the Swedenborg Scientific Association and an ardent supporter of its uses, passed into the spiritual world on Christmas Day, 1975. He had devoted a half-century to pastor-ships in the General Church of the New Jerusalem and to teaching in various Church society schools as well as in the Theological School of the Academy of the New Church. Following retirement from his final pastoral office as Dean of the Bryn Athyn Church, Bishop Acton continued teaching courses in the Academy, and he gave occasional adult classes to the Bryn Athyn society. Of special relevance to the work of this association was a reading class he conducted in Swedenborg’s philosophical works.
The relation of Dr. Doering to the uses of the Swedenborg Scientific Association might be characterized by the words “modest” and “persistent”. The term “modest” can be used because he was not a prolific writer or student. He found writing difficult. Nevertheless, his strength among more prolific writers was felt because of his persistent adherence to certain philosophical doctrines. While the origin of these doctrines for Dr. Doering was without doubt in the Writings of Emanuel Swedenborg, he saw their ultimate representation in the early suggestion of them in the preparatory studies of Swedenborg.