The Rev. Dr. Robert “Bob” Harold MacPherson

The Rev. Dr. Robert “Bob” Harold MacPherson died on January 20, 2018 at the age of 92.

He is survived by his son Ralph MacPherson, five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and his brother David MacPherson. He was predeceased by his wife Ann Marie Haggerty MacPherson and his son Robert Owen MacPherson.

A memorial service will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, January 29, 2018 at the UU Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Pl, Asheville, NC 28801.

Notes of condolence may be sent to Ralph MacPherson at 99 Garren Creek Rd, Fairview, NC 28730.

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

The Rev. Berkley Leroy Moore

The Rev. Berkley Leroy Moore died on January 4, 2018 at the age of 85.

He is survived by his sons Erik P. and James B. Moore, and his former wives Kathryn VanBuskirk and Barbara Moore.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the UU Service Committee. Donations by mail can be sent to UUSC, PO Box 808, Newark, NJ 07101-0808.

A memorial service is being planned for the near future.

Notes of condolence can be sent to the Moore family at

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


Christine Mitchell

Christine Mitchell

Christine Mitchell

Christine G. Mitchell, 77, spouse of Reverend James B. (Brad) Mitchell, died on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, at her home in Brunswick ME. She was born Feb. 5, 1940, the daughter of Paul P. and Elinor (Jackson) Johnson.

She graduated from Stoughton High School in 1957, then completed a two-year course in retailing from Modern School of Fashion and Design. She earned a B.A. degree from Northeastern University in 1964, then entered St. Lawrence Theological School, completing a master’s degree in religious education at Crane Theology School of Tufts University in 1966.

Christine and Brad were married Sept. 9, 1966.

She worked in retail at R. H. Stearns Department Store in Boston, and for the Department of Health, Education and Welfare in Washington, D.C. She was a librarian, first at Wessell Library of Tufts University, and later in Lisbon Falls, Maine, where she remained for 19 years. She also worked as a homemaker and ran her own child care business.

She was a lifelong member of Universalist churches, and most recently of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick. She sang in church choirs, taught religious education classes, and served on an Earth Care committee of the church. She also belonged to food cooperatives, a Brunswick book club, a memoir-writing group. She was a voracious reader.

A mother of two, she enjoyed parenting, being a grandparent, nature, gardening, and writing her memoirs.

Surviving her is her husband of 51 years, the Rev. James B. Mitchell, Minister Emeritus of the U. U. Church of Brunswick; a daughter, Rebecca Mitchell, and partner Luke Gottlieb, of Richmond, Calif.; a son, Ian Mitchell, of Brunswick; a grandson, Sebastian Mitchell, of Richmond, Calif.; three sisters, Priscilla Noyes, of Trenton, Maine; Virginia Miller, of Santa Fe, N.M.; and Linda Weaver, of Fort Collins, Colo.; two brothers, Paul P. Johnson, of Monmouth; and David M. Johnson, of Cape Cod, Mass.; and several nieces and nephews.

A Service of Remembrance will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick at a later date.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at:

Memorial donations may be made to the church at 1 Middle St., Brunswick, ME 04011.

The Rev. Donald William McKinney

The Rev. Donald William McKinney died on October 1, 2017 at the age of 90.

He is survived by wife of over 60 years Julie L.. McKinney, children Bruce B. McKinney and Barbara McKinney Sow, and grandchildren Omar and Adama Sow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Unitarian Church, 54 Monroe Place, Brooklyn, NY 11201 and to First Universalist Church of Southold, P.O. Box 221, Southold, NY 11971.

Memorial services will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at Jamesport Meeting House, 1590 Main Rd, Laurel, NY 11948; and at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at the First Unitarian Church of Brooklyn, NY (address above).

Notes of condolence can be sent to Julie McKinney at 1500 Brecknock Rd Apt 302, Greenport, NY, 11944.

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

Betty Carolyn Murdock

Betty Murdock

Betty Murdock

Betty Carolyn Murdock died September 7, 2017, in Tulsa OK. The widow of the Reverend Dr. Virgil Murdock, she was 88 years old. Betty grew up in Hartshorne, OK where her parents, the late Elmer and Juanita Thrower, owned and published the Hartshorne Sun.

After high school, she attended Phillips University in Enid and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a BA degree in journalism. She worked as a reporter for The Daily Oklahoman and the Oklahoma City Times.

In 1955, she and her husband moved to Cambridge, MA where he attended Harvard Divinity School. They remained in Massachusetts, where he served a congregation for a few years, then became the Executive Director of the Benevolent Fraternity of Unitarian Churches. Betty was active in a number of charitable organizations in Massachusetts. After they retired to Tulsa in 1986, she was a Gillie at the Gilcrease Museum.

Survivors include her daughter, Lisa Carolyn Ake, and her husband Tracy Ake, of Bristow, VA; grandchildren, Hayley Ake, Hannah Ake, and Sam Ake; a sister, Janice Elliott of Nashville, TN; and a brother, Frank Thrower of Dallas, TX.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made in her name to All Souls Unitarian Church.

Messages of condolence may be sent to Lisa Murdock Ake, 9346 Angel Falls St., Bristow, VA  20136

The Rev. Dr. William “Bill” Russell Murry

The Rev. Dr. William “Bill” Russell Murry died on July 6, 2017 at the age of 85.

He is survived by wife Barbara; sons Brian, John, and Christopher; and four grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the scholarship fund at Meadville-Lombard Theological School.

Plans for a memorial service are forthcoming.

Notes of condolence can be sent to the Murry Family at 701 King Farm Blvd, Rockville, MD, 20850.

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

Phyllis M. McKeeman

Phyllis McKeeman

Phyllis McKeeman

Phyllis M. McKeeman, widow of the Reverend Dr. Gordon B. McKeeman passed away peacefully on January 7, 2017 at the age of 93. She was born on August 7, 1923 in Swampscott, MA. to Charles F. and Edith (Pedrick) Bradstreet. Phyllis was a fourth-generation Universalist and met her future husband, Gordon B. McKeeman, at the Universalist Church youth group in Lynn, MA. She and Gordon were married in Lynn on Nov. 5, 1944. He became a Universalist minister, and then a Unitarian-Universalist (UU) minister and together they served four churches in Massachusetts and Ohio. From 1983 to 1988 they lived in California as Gordon served as President of Starr King School for the Ministry.

Phyllis fulfilled a variety of church roles wherever they happened to be living. She served on the merger committee for the Universalist and Unitarian Women’s organizations and on the first Board of the Unitarian Universalist Women’s Federation. She was office secretary and then coordinator of the Ohio-Meadville District of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) from 1965–1983. Part of that time she was also Chair of Region II for the UUA Annual Program Fund. Phyllis was awarded the UU Unsung Award by Ohio-Meadville District in 1976. She and Gordon were presented the UUA Award for Distinguished Service in 1993.

Although they raised three boys, Phyllis had grown up in Girl Scouting and became an active leader and trainer/consultant in the Girl Scouts and received the Thanks Badge award. She loved the outdoors and spent many years camping with the family. She also enjoyed knitting and playing cribbage.

She and Gordon retired to Charlottesville, VA in 1988 and moved to Rochester, MN in 2010. They were married for 69 years at the time of Gordon’s death in 2013.

Phyllis is survived by her three sons: Bruce, Glenn, and Randall; four grandchildren: Jennifer (Colin) Clark, Neil McKeeman, Alanna McKeeman, and Leland McKeeman; a great-grandchild, Sean Clark; and her sister-in law, Gloria King.

Memorials are suggested to the Unitarian Universalist Association; Girl Scouts of America; or the Alzheimer’s Association. Notes of condolence may be sent to Randall at his email address:

Gary Thomas Murphy

uurmapaGary Thomas Murphy, 60, husband of the Rev. Suzanne Trappe Black, died Dec. 30, 2010, the day before his 61st birthday. He had had recurrent heart problems and finally succumbed to congestive heart failure. Gary and Suzanne were married August 12, 2000 by the Rev. Karen Stoyanoff, who also officiated at Gary’s memorial service. Gary will be remembered for his love of the desert and his interest in growing plants. He also was good with animals and enjoyed his model train set. The couple called themselves “snowbirds” and enjoyed traveling. He is survived by his wife; his mother, June Murphy; his sisters, Pat Walker and Sue Hicks and by many beloved nieces and nephews and by a great-niece and great-nephew.

The Rev. Keith C. Munson and Marguerite “Peggy” Hanson Munson

Keith and Peggy Munson

Keith and Peggy Munson

The Rev. Keith C. Munson, 85, died Feb. 5, 2008 in Bradenton, FL. Marguerite “Peggy” Hanson Munson died Feb. 1, 2008 in Swampscott, MA, the day before their 63rd wedding anniversary. Peggy had been suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease. The Munsons served congregations in Annisquam, Palmer, Springfield, and Andover, MA; Cherry Hill, NJ; and Quincy, MA. Keith and Peggy hosted Gov. and Mrs. Michael Dukakis and the Adams family at the Bicentennial Celebration there in 1976. In 1983, Quincy awarded Keith a plaque for his services to the community. When he retired Keith was made an Honorary Citizen of Quincy and minister emeritus at the Quincy church. He was a board member of UURMaPA for eight years, and President for four. Avid sailors, the Munsons sailed from Maine to Florida and back again on Keith’s beloved “Galatea,” a 36-foot Pearson Pilothouse. They were members of the UU Church of Saco and Biddeford, ME, and owned a house at Ferry Beach. Survivors include Carolyn (Lynn) Cashman of Cork, Ireland; a son, Bruce Munson, of Beverly, MA, and six grandchildren. A service was held to honor Keith and Peggy August 3 at Ferry Beach in Saco.

The Rev. Walter Andrew Moulton

Walter Moulton

Walter Moulton

The Rev. Walter Andrew Moulton, 70, died Nov. 5, 2006, in Kennebunk, ME. He served in the Navy, then taught at Kennebunk High School for 22 years. He then completed his M.Div, and was ordained in 1987. He served in Beaumont TX, where his congregation established an AIDS Care Team. He then served interims in Fredericton, NB.; Houlton, ME; Groton MA; Philadelphia, PA; and Kirkland, OH. In 1998 he was called to All Souls UU in Watertown, NY, retiring in 2003, and returning to Kennebunk. Walter read and wrote poetry, published several poems in the York County Coast Star in Kennebunk, and collected old-time gospel tapes. He is survived by his his wife of 47 years, Paula Thayer-Moulton; and two daughters, Valerie Berg of Vienna, VA, and Barbara Moulton of San Francisco, and five grandchildren.