|Dean of St Paul's|
Matthews in 1935
|Church||Church of England|
|Other posts||Dean of Exeter (1931-1934)|
|Birth name||Walter Robert Matthews|
|Born||22 September 1881|
|Died||5 December 1973(aged 92)|
(m. 1911; died 1961)
Born on 22 September 1881 in Camberwell, London, to parents Philip Walter Matthews, a banker, and Sophia Alice Self, he was educated at Wilson's School and trained for the priesthood at King's College London.
He was ordained[clarification needed (to which order?)] in 1907 and was a curate at St Mary Abbots' Kensington and St Peter's Regent Square. After that he was a lecturer in and then a professor of theology at King's College London. From 1918 he was also Dean of the college. In 1931 he became an Honorary Chaplain to the King and Dean of Exeter. Then in 1934 he became Dean of St Paul's, a post he held for 33 years. At the time of his appointment, he was president-elect of the Modern Churchmen's Union. He was described by his predecessor, William Inge, as something of an "Orthodox Modernist".
On 2 June 1940 the term "miracle of Dunkirk" was used for the first time by Matthews in a speech. He was praising the rescue of thousands of British soldiers and their allies from being encircled by the German Army in France.
He died on 5 December 1973.
Matthews was an author. Among his works:
|Church of England titles|
| Dean of Exeter
| Dean of St Paul's
| Dean of King's College London
|Non-profit organization positions|
| President of the Modern Churchmen's Union
1934 - c. 1937