The Rev. Homer “Jerry” A. Goddard III

The Rev. Homer “Jerry” A. Goddard III died on October 15, 2017 at the age of 87.

He is survived by wife Margaret “Peggy” Goddard; children Linda Goddard (Spencer Amesbury), Kirk Goddard (Kathy), and Jan Goddard-Taylor (Mark Taylor); and grandchildren Will Amesbury, Elena Goddard-Amesbury, Lauren Withers, Eliza Goddard, and Isabella Goddard-Taylor.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Civil Liberties Union and to Planned Parenthood.

A memorial service is being planned, to take place at First Parish in Concord, 20 Lexington Rd, Concord, MA 01742.

Notes of condolence can be sent to Peggy Goddard at 100 Russet Ct Apt 305, Lincoln, MA 01773.

A more complete obituary will be forthcoming after biographical research has been completed.

The Rev. Richard Rodda Gay

The Rev. Richard Rodda Gay died in Bend, OR on Aug. 13, 2017, at the age of 97.

Richard Gay began his career as a Methodist minister and educator. In Anchorage, Alaska, he served several local churches, including the Anchorage Unitarian Fellowship. He received affiliate status with the UUA and was a member of the UUMA.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Averill. He is survived by his brother, Thomas Ward Gay Jr.; his daughters, Judy Blake (Greg Joannides), Patti Thorne (Ron), Sherry Ellis (Glenn) and Jerilee Drynan (Steve); son, Rick; 15 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; nieces and grand-nieces; and nephews and grand-nephews. He is also survived by his loving companion, Doris Lagging.

At Richard’s request, there will be no service.

A more complete obituary will be forthcoming after biographical research has been completed.

Dr. Peter James George

Peter George

Peter George

Dr. Peter James George, CM, O.Ont, age 75, the spouse of the Reverend Allison Barrett, died April 27, 2017, at home in Ancaster, Ontario, Canada. He had lived fully in spite of his cancer, making memories for his family.

Peter was born September 12, 1941 into a family which once kept the lighthouse on Toronto Islands. He attended a three-room school there before earning his B.A, M.A. and PhD in Economics at the University of Toronto. His work as an economist helped prove the economic value of an indigenous way of life.

He joined the faculty of McMaster University in 1965 and rose to become the President and Vice-Chancellor, where he served three five-year terms. He was named President Emeritus when he retired in 2010. The university had grown and developed many new and innovative programs during his tenure, and he had raised almost a billion dollars for its support. Peter will be remembered in the residence and student centre built in his honour; “The Peter George Centre for Living and Learning.”

Peter was a member of the Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest civilian honours. He was also honoured with the Order of Ontario.

Peter was widowed at age 55, but found new love with Allison. When they announced his proposal in church, he baked enough butter tarts for the entire congregation, to prove his commitment to being a great minister’s spouse. He remained a strong supporter and an inspiration to the end of his life.

Peter also welcomed with great joy their daughters, Lily Rose and Gemma who were adopted in China, and he participated enthusiastically in their care. He did everything for “his girls” including taking them around the world and introducing them to fly fishing and cottage life.

His memorial service at McMaster University on June 11, 2017 was a celebration of his life in words and music. The Governor General of Canada, the Honorable David Johnston, who had also been a university president and had observed Peter’s work, spoke as a friend and colleague.

Letters of condolence may be sent to the Reverend Allison Barrett at 20 Halson Street, Ancaster, Ontario L9G 2S3.

The Rev. Charles Wesley Grady

The Rev. Mr. Charles Wesley Grady, who died on January 19, 2017 at the age of 91.

He is survived by children Stephanie and Michael Grady and their spouses, sister Marjorie Walker, five grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by wife Claudine.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Minnesota OrchestraPlanned Parenthood, and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

A celebration of life for family and friends will take place in Minnesota this April, and First Parish UU of Arlington, MA will hold a memorial service in August.

Notes of condolence can be sent to Stephanie Grady at or at 8714 2nd Ave S., Bloomington, MN 55420.

A more complete obituary will be forthcoming after biographical research has been completed.

The Rev. Polly Laughland Guild

Polly Guild

Polly Guild

The Rev. Polly Laughland Guild, 85, died in hospice care November 7, 2009. She served Follen Community Church (Lexington, MA) from 1976-2009. She, Barbara Marshman and Louise Curtis — all ordained to Follen’s ministry — worked together for decades to rebuild the congregation offering strengths in worship, pastoral care, religious education, and music. Their collaborative work styles and professional skills built a strong and thriving congregation in an era when there were very few women in ministry. Polly’s ministry was both personal and institutional. Her husband Ted Guild died in 2001. She is survived by her three children: Drew Laughland, Linda Laughland and Lorna Laughland Winthrop and their spouses.

Gudrun Weber Gross

Gudrun Gross

Gudrun Gross

Gudrun Weber Gross, 87, wife of the Rev. Richard Gross, died April 17, 2009. Born in Berlin, she survived the bombing of her home and became a refugee fleeing the Russians. After working in the UK, as a secretary, assisting with interpretation and foreign correspondence, she married her American pen pal and moved to the US. She worked in public daycare in Asheville, NC and as a library assistant at UNC-CH, and in accounts receivable at the Big M of Middletown. PA. She ran Sunday childcare programs and organized countless church events. She is survived by her husband of 57 years and their daughter, Monika and their son-in-law, their son, Wolfgang, three grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Susan Leslie Grigg, PhD

Susan L Grigg

Susan Grigg

Susan Leslie Grigg, PhD, 59, wife of the Rev. Justin G.G. Kahn, Sr., died 5 May 2007 at the Mayo Clinic of complications from lymphoma. Born in Chicago, she was the only daughter of the late Wallace and Loretta (Mittman) Grigg. She graduated from Oberlin College and earned an MA and PhD in American History from the University of Wisconsin. She later completed her MLIS at Simmons College.

She began her career as an archivist at Yale University. She was then appointed Assistant Professor and Curator of the Immigration History Collection at the University of Minnesota; next she became head of the Sophia Smith Collection and served as College Archivist at Smith College.  Since 1996 she had been head of the Alaska and Polar Regions Collections at the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a joint appointment as Professor of Library Science and Northern Studies; she had also served as Acting Director of Libraries and Interim Dean of Libraries.

She was elected a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists, in recognition of distinguished service to the profession, and was a longtime Certified Archivist, having served on the committee that developed standards for certification. She also served many years on the SAA Editorial Board, chairing it for four years. She was a board member of the Alaska Historical Society, Vice President of the Alaska Library Association, and member of the gubernatorially-appointed Alaska State Historical Records Advisory Board.  She developed and led the statewide program to present Alaska historical images online (VILDA).

Her dissertation on the dependent poor of Newburyport, MA before 1860 was published, and she contributed the section on managing archival collections to the standard handbook for college library administration. She published numerous journal articles and reviews in history and library administration and made frequent presentations at professional and scholarly conferences. She was an editor and contributor to the Oxford American National Biography and was a reviewer several times on national panels for National Endowment for the Humanities grants.

Dr. Grigg is survived by her husband; three stepchildren: J. Giles G. Kahn, Jr. of Wheaton IL; Tempe R.K. Vierck and husband, Benjamin, of Ballwin MO; and Peter R.T. Kahn of Olivette, MO. She was also survived by three stepgrandchildren, Rebecca Reeve Vierck, Douglas Alexander Vierck, and Magnus Oliver Vierck, all of Ballwin; and three cousins in Ohio.

Claudine Marilyn Renz Grady

Claudine Grady

Claudine Grady

Claudine Marilyn Renz Grady, 89, wife of the Rev. Charles W. Grady, died March 15, 2013. She lost her vision at an early age. As a child she became an expert knitter, fluent in Braille, and a gifted pianist. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. When she married Charles he was a radio announcer. As a young wife, she reared two children, took care of the house, and participated in civic and musical affairs. It was Claudine’s influence that brought the Gradys to Unitarianism. She loved making friends, and was a dedicated bridge player, aided by Braille-marked cards and a phenomenal memory. For Claudine “life began at 40,” when she learned to work with a guide dog for greater independence. It was a successful venture, and she owned and loved a series of dogs for the rest of her life. In 2010, increasing ill health forced them to move to Minnesota to live with family. Claudine was afflicted by dementia and declining health. The Gradys were together for more than 65 years. Notes of remembrance may be sent to Charles W. Grady, 8714 Second Ave. South, Bloomington, MN 55420.

The Rev. Clifton B. Gordon

uurmapaThe Rev. Clifton B. Gordon, 91, died September 22, 2004 from the aftereffects of a stroke. He served churches in Sterling, MA; Wilton Center and Milford, NH; and Modesto, Yuba City and Bakersfield, CA (emeritus). He was a high school teacher and guidance counselor in Milford, NH, and taught Psychology at Sacramento State College. He served in the Army Medical Department and the Transportation Corps during World War II, in New Guinea, Philippines, and Japan. Survivors include his wife, Helen Gordon, and three stepchildren, Bruce Winn, Brent Winn, and Holly Winn Wilner.

Madlyn Hunsberger Gold

uurmapaMadlyn Hunsberger Gold, 87, widow of the Rev. William J. Gold, died June 28 2005. She was Program Director of Carver Community Center in Schenectady, Director of the Schenectady County Volunteers and Director of the Senior Citizen Center in Richmond. She is survived by sons L. Gold of Montgomery Village, MD and James P. Gold of Saratoga Springs, NY.