Oral Roberts, Founder of Oral Roberts University, Dies at 91

The evangelist started the Tulsa, Okla., school that bears his name.

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Oral Roberts, the founder of Oral Roberts University, died on Tuesday from complications of pneumonia, the Associated Press reports. Roberts was 91.

The evangelist from Oklahoma started Oral Roberts University, which is located in Tulsa, Okla., in 1963. ORU opened its doors to students in 1965. The school's mission statement says ORU was "founded in the fires of evangelism and upon the unchanging precepts of the Bible."

"Other than Billy Graham and Martin Luther King Jr.—and maybe Jerry Falwell—it would be hard to name a different religious leader of more importance," Grant Wacker, professor of Christian history at Duke University Divinity School, tells USA Today.

Roberts died in Newport Beach, Calif.

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