Marion Hausner Pauck was born in New York City in 1928. She studied at Friends Seminary, Barnard College, and Union Theological Seminary. She earned an M.A. and studied for a ThD, but then accepted a position at Oxford University Press, New York, for ten years as editor of religious books. She resigned in order to do research on the biography of Paul Tillich. She has lectured in the United States and western Europe on Reinhold Niebuhr, Wilhelm Pauck, and Paul Tillich.