Mr. Armstrong, with Mr. Raders
help, rode out the ensuing scandal,
which had been prompted when disaffected
WCG members sued the church,
charging that Mr. Armstrong and Mr.
Rader were living an extravagant
lifestyle and had sold church property below market value for private profit.
The attorney general dropped his
investigation after Mr. Rader, joined
by other groupsincluding Baptists,
Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians,
the Synagogue Council of America
and the American Civil Liberties
Unionwon passage of a bill in the
California legislature that removed the
attorney generals power to investigate
religious organizations over alleged
misuse of funds or other fraud.
In those days, according to a July 4,
2002, article in The Los Angeles Times,
the church had a reported tax-free
income of $70 million a year and boasted
media coverage and financial resources
greater than the Billy Graham
and Oral Roberts ministries combined.
(After Mr. Raders departure as
treasurer, the church continued to
grow. By 1986, the year of Mr.
Armstrongs death, annual income had
risen to $210 million.)
In 1976 Mr. Armstrong moved to
Tucson and set up housekeeping with
his new wife, the former Ramona
Crittenden Martin. He maintained residences
in Tucson and Pasadena, but
after the states invasion of the
churchs headquarters he spent more
time in Arizona in an apparent move
to avoid subpoenas.
Mr. Rader, who once proclaimed in
court that Mr. Armstrong was Gods
apostle, Christs representative here on
earth, wrote an account of the incidents
and their aftermath in his book
Against the Gates of Hell, published by Everest House (a publishing company
owned by the WCG) in 1980.
Mr. Rader and Mr. Armstrong were
at the core of another church controversy
when Mr. Rader allegedly alienated
Mr. Armstrongs affection for his
son, Garner Ted Armstrong.
Garner Ted from
the church in
1977, with the
Church of God
1978 and the Intercontinental
Church of God in
Not long after
Garner Ted Armstrong
his office, adjacent
office, on the fourth floor of the Hall
Mr. Rader, according to a press release distributed by his son,
Stephen, and newspaper reports, was born Aug. 13, 1930, in White Plains,
N.Y., and grew up as a secular Jew.
He moved to California to attend
the University of California at Los
Angeles, where he earned his undergraduate
degree in 1951 and met
Natalie Gartenberg, who would be his
wife of 51 years.
Mr. Rader became a certified public
accountant in 1954 and attended law
school at the University of Southern
California, graduating first in his class
Mr. Rader reportedly first met Mr.
Armstrong in 1956. As early as 1959
he appears in the Ambassador yearbook,
The Envoy, as Auditor and
Financial Advisor for the Church and
College. (The last Envoy he appears
in is the 1980 edition.)
MUSIC IN THE AIR - Stanley Rader (center) and
Herbert W. Armstrong (left) visit with piano virtuoso
Arthur Rubinstein in the Ambassador Auditorium in
Pasadena in 1975. This photo also appears in Mr.
Raders 1980 book Against the Gates of Hell.
Because of and connected with his
travels and relationship with Mr.
Armstrong, Mr. Rader was reportedly
decorated by Emperor Hirohito of
Japan and lectured at Fudan and
Beijing universities in China.
According to the younger Mr.
Raders press release, Stanley Rader saved the day at the opening performance
in 1974 of the Ambassador Auditorium.
When rebuffed by the Los Angeles
Philharmonic, says the release, Mr.
Rader persuaded Carlo Maria Giulini
to lead the Vienna Symphony Orchestra
in an inaugural concert and
then arranged for scores of topflight
talent to visit Pasadena, including
Arthur Rubeinstein, Vladimir Horowitz
and Luciano Pavarotti.
The auditorium for many years
played host to entertainers of renown.
Mr. Rader was closely involved in
the churchs founding of the controversial
Quest magazine; Everest, the bookpublishing
house; cultural centers in
Jerusalem and Sri Lanka; and sponsorship
of archaeological excavations in
the Middle East, including one alongside
the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem.
Mr. Rader left the positions of general
counsel and treasurer for the
WCG in 1980, at which time the
church reportedly paid him a $250,000 bonus and paid out his compensation
contract until 1987.
The Los Angeles Times reported
July 3 that Bernie Schnippert, WCG
director of finance and planning, said
the church continued to pay Mr. Rader
from the churchs discretionary retirement
program until his death.
Mr. Rader is survived by his wife,
Natalie, Niki; his sister, Joan Klein;
his daughters, Janis and Carol; his son,
Stephen; and five grandchildren.
Memorial services were July 5 at
Mountain View Cemetery in Altadena.