We remember the retired ministers and their partners who have died. The living tradition we celebrate recognizes the passages of life and death. Our memories of those who have gone before us inform our lives in many ways.

UURMaPA maintains an archive of their obituaries. Over the years since the inception of UURMaPA, we’ve moved from a simple one- or two-line death notice to a brief paragraph and more recently to more extensive obituaries. Our volunteer obituary writers attempt to contact family members and friends as they research and prepare a thoughtful remembrance. We post the notice of a death as soon as we are aware of it, along with brief biographical information. The more complete obituary may take several months to prepare.

The Board decided to post only the deaths of our own members (ministers or partners), except that we will report via a brief announcement on the death of a minister who was 65 or older, whether or not a member, and invite the surviving partner to join UURMaPA.

Sometimes we don’t hear about a death, particularly when it is of a widowed partner. If we’ve missed someone or you find an error in our reporting, please let us know at

The obituaries are organized alphabetically by last name. Click on the first letter of the last name below to open the index for everyone with a last name starting with that letter. Then click on the name to open the record for that person.

Obituary: A

The Rev. Eugene H. Adams

uurmapaThe Rev. Eugene H. Adams, 87, died August 11, 2004 of cancer. He served congregations in East Boston, Medford, Orange, and Worcester, MA; Binghamton and Jamestown, NY. He was chaplain and secretary at the YMCA in New York City. He was minister emeritus at the UU Church of Medford. In 1965, he followed Dr. King in the march from Selma to Montgomery. To show support for migrant farm workers, he wore denim in the pulpit for three years. As a teenager, he boxed professionally under the name of “Red Adams.” His boxing career ended in 1938 in a knockout at the old Boston Garden. Surviving is his wife, M. Caroline (Brown) Adams, and four sons: Richard of Prince Frederick, MD; John of Nobleboro, ME; Peter of Pittsburgh, PA; and Thomas of Livermore, ME. A memorial service was held August 28 at the UU Church of Medford.

The Rev. Herbert R. Adams

Herbert Adams

The Rev. Herbert R. Adams, 78, died suddenly March 18, 2011. He was a graduate of Colby College and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He also studied at Harvard Divinity School. He served Methodist and Congregational churches and UU churches in ME, MA, NY, NM and FL, sometimes simultaneously with other posts in teaching and publishing. He was a Kiwanian and active in various other civic groups. He had a particular interest in lakes and conservation. Herb loved to go to Heald Pond, his summer home of 42 years, in Maine. He also enjoyed golf, fishing, poker, theater and jazz. Most of all, he relished spending time with his extensive extended family. He is survived by Mary Ryan Adams, his wife of 34 years; his sister Anne Adams; his four children: Ashley, Joshua, Lee and Rachel Adams; three stepchildren, 12 grandchildren; and five nieces and nephews.

Deedee Agee

Deedee Agee

Deedee Agee

Deedee Agee, 69, wife of Reverend Paul Sprecher, died October 1, 2016, after a four-month struggle with cancer. She passed away at their home in Scituate, Massachusetts, surrounded by her husband and sons.
Deedee was born Julia Teresa Agee on November 7, 1946.  Her grandmother called her “Chickadee” and her rendering – “Deedee” – became the name she used for the rest of her life. She grew up in Greenwich Village and lived much of her life in New York City. She moved with her family to Ridgewood, New Jersey in 1992 and then to the Boston area in 2005. Deedee was an active participant in the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood, and Second Parish congregation in Hingham, MA, when Paul was called to serve there. After his retirement she began attending the Old Ship/First Parish in Hingham.
She was the daughter of the writer James Agee and Mia Agee, and was an accomplished artist of both words and images. Deedee had an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University and was a writer of memoir and essays.  She was awarded a Geraldine R. Dodge Fellowship and membership in the Writer’s Room of Boston. Her writing appeared in DoubleTake magazine as well as in several anthologies.  She read some of her stories at the Cornelia Street Café (the street where her father once had a studio), at libraries and other local venues, and on NPR.  At the time of her death she was completing a memoir of growing up in Greenwich Village entitled Momentum.  She was also an accomplished visual artist, remembered especially for her drawings and prints, which were shown at the South Shore Art Center, the Cambridge Art Association, the Danforth Art Museum, and the Duxbury Arts Association, among others.
Her calm, loving manner, her wonderful cooking, and her beautiful art and words will be greatly missed by her family and her many friends.
Deedee is survived by her husband Paul; by her three sons, James Bollinger and David and Sean Sprecher; and by her siblings Joel, Andrea, and John Agee. Her memorial service was held at the Old Ship Church, Hingham, MA on Saturday, October 15, 2016. The family asks that contributions in her memory be sent to the South Shore Art Center, 119 Ripley Road, Cohasset, MA 02025. Notes of condolence may be sent to Paul Sprecher, 27 Grove St., Scituate, MA 02066-3210.

The Rev. John C. Agnew

The Rev. John C. Agnew, 84, died of complications of Alzheimer’s disease July 10, 2004 in Milford, MA. He received a bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence University and a bachelor’s degree in sacred theology from Harvard. He served congregations in Auburn, ME; Newport; and Brookfield, Mendon, and Rockland, MA. After retiring, he was named minister emeritus by the Brookfield Unitarian Universalist Church. He served in the US Army during World War II, attaining the ranks of sergeant and chief clerk of the Judge Advocate General’s Office at the Central Pacific Base Command in Honolulu. He then worked as a staff reporter for the Burlington Free Press in Vermont, the Plattsburgh Press-Republican and the Watertown Daily Times, both in NY, the Providence Journal, and the Patriot Ledger in Quincy, MA and the Telegram & Gazette in Worcester, MA as a religion writer and suburban staff reporter. In the late 1950’s he was elected to the RI House of Representatives, serving two terms. His wife, two daughters, two stepsons, and three grandchildren survive him. At a graveside service July 14 at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, MA his wife, Rosemary K. Agnew, was presented with a flag in recognition of his military service.

The Rev. Doris Dow Alcott

Dorris Alcott

Dorris Alcott

The Rev. Doris Dow Alcott died of heart failure on April 3, 2012. She was 91 years old. Rev. Alcott was born and raised in Winthrop, ME. She was the daughter of a factory worker and a homemaker.

In 1938, she married Ernest F. Alcott, a descendant of Amos Bronson Alcott, the American Transcendentalist, and his daughter, famous author Louisa May Alcott.

Alcott began her college education in 1976 and graduated from Goddard College in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in religious education. Additionally, she took courses at Harvard University and earned her MRE through the UUA’s Independent Study Program in 1982. Rev. Alcott was ordained in 1982 at Towson Unitarian Universalist Church in Lutherville, MD. She was called to serve the Towson Unitarian Universalist Church and served as Director of Religious Education there from 1983-1985. She was also the Joseph Priestley District’s first RE Consultant from 1986-1995. Rev. Alcott served on the curriculum team that developed “World Religions for Junior Youth,” the last curriculum kit published by the UUA. She was a member of the Towson Unitarian Universalist Church and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Harford County in Churchville, MD.

Later in life, she became an active member of numerous ecumenical groups and was active in religious education. Rev. Alcott retired in 2008 but continue to serve as a guest pastor, and officiated at weddings, funerals and memorial services. An experienced traveller, Rev. Alcott visited all seven continents and, in 1993, joined an expedition that travelled to Antarctica. She enjoyed talking to colleagues in chat rooms and once said, “I retired from ministry but not from life!”

Rev. Alcott was predeceased by her husband, Ernest F. Alcott. She is survived by her sons Colin C. Alcott and his wife Janet, of Albuquerque, NM and Bronson E. Alcott of Columbia, MD; by two granddaughters; and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service for Rev. Alcott was held at the Towson Unitarian Universalist Church, 1710 Dulaney Valley Rd., Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093, on May 11, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.. Notes of condolence may go to Bronson Alcott, 10654 Faulkner Ridge Cir., Columbia, MD 21044.

Jane C. Alen

Jane C. Alen, 93, formerly of Hopedale, MA, died February 11, 2014 at Beaumont Nursing Home in Westborough, MA. She was the widow of the Rev. Joseph Alen, minister of Hopedale Unitarian Church from 1962 until his death in 1976.

A graduate of Cambridge High and Latin School and Hickox Business College, Jane worked as a secretary in various law offices in Gardner, MA, for the Mass Dept. of Fish and Game, and the Mass Dept. of Public Welfare. After retirement, she was a volunteer with Elder Services Corps of Massachusetts and an outreach worker at the Bellingham Senior Center.

She founded and led the Polish Conversation Group for Seniors that met weekly at the Bellingham (MA) Public Library. The group began with ten members, and over the 15 years of her leadership, grew to have more than 60 regular participants.

Jane leaves a son, Joseph, and a grandson, Samuel, both of Lexington, MA. A memorial service was held February 15, 2014 at the Hopedale Unitarian Church, 65 Hopedale Street, Hopedale, MA 01747.

Elizabeth Hummer Allen

Elizabeth Hummer Allen

Elizabeth Hummer Allen

Elizabeth Hummer Allen, 99, widow of the Rev. James K. Allen of Peterborough, NH, died August 4, 2009. She was the mother of seven children and was a past Massachusetts Mother of the Year. She was a volunteer music teacher at the Mather School, Dorchester, MA, and inspired her children’s interest in music as well as countless members of the community where she lived. For her 41 years of dedicated service to her community, she was named Dorchester Citizen of the Year in 1995. She retired at age 90 as organist and music director of the First Parish Church in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Music remained her joy until the very end of her life. She is survived by her daughters Ilo Allen Schmid (New Plymouth, ID), Marie Allen Heft (Kent, WA), and sons Frank H. Allen, M.D. (Seattle, WA), John R. Allen (Naugatuck, CT), Herbert B. Allen, MD (Cherry Hill, NJ), and Jefferson K. Allen, JD (Peterborough, NH). She was survived by 24 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Rev. James K. Allen of Dorchester, Massachusetts and her son Robert L. Allen, MD, of Sayre, PA. A celebration of her life was held on August 22, 2009 at the Cathedral of the Pines, Rindge, NH.

The Rev. M. Elizabeth Anastos

M. Elizabeth Anastos

M. Elizabeth Anastos

The Rev. M. Elizabeth Anastos, 77, died peacefully October 14, 2004, after having suffered a massive stroke. A prominent Minister of Religious Education, she was UUA Education Consultant; UUA Co-Coordinator of Curriculum Development; and Interim Settlement Director, Department of Ministry. She is survived by her children Philip and Lori Anastos of Yarmouth, ME; Kathryn Anastos and John Wallen of Yonkers, NY; Ellen Anastos of Portland, ME; Revs. George and Andrea Anastos of Greenfield, MA; and six grandchildren. A memorial service was held October 21 at the First Parish in Cambridge, MA.

Mitzi Anderson

uurmapaMitzi Anderson, 69, widow of Rev. Kenneth L. Patton, died Sept. 29, 2007 in Las Vegas. She worked for the government in contract relations. She and Ken were married around 1960, while Ken was minister at the Charles St. Meetinghouse in Boston, then they went to Ridgewood, NJ. Ken died on Christmas Day, 1994. Mitzi is survived by their sons, Channing and Dag Patton. Services were private.

The Rev. Stanley J. Aronson

uurmapaThe Rev. Stanley J. Aronson died on January 12, 2015, at the age of 81. [An obituary is pending.]

The Rev. Elinor Artman

Elinor Artman

Elinor Artman

The Rev. Elinor Artman, parish minister, passionate advocate for gender equality, ardent reader, skilled pianist, cat lover, adept cruciverbalist, fearless world traveler, beloved religious leader, and “a minister’s minister,” died at age 87 on 16 March 2014 after brief illness and a stroke.

Elinor was ever in pursuit of knowledge, learning to read at age three and remaining a voracious reader her whole life. Her apartments always had countless bookshelves, and when they overflowed she parted with older books to make room for new ones. From early in her ministerial career, Elinor embodied honesty in sermons on controversial matters. One of her ministerial colleagues recalls hearing Elinor preach in 1982 on the still much-closeted topic of sexual abuse: “I was a very young adult, and her courage freed me from my own isolation and shame and gave me back my life. She took some grief for [that sermon] back then, but I’ve been grateful for many years that she took her stand and ministered to the rest of us.”

As a pianist Elinor loved playing duets. She was an inveterate knitter, touting her productivity as a good rationale for all of the television she watched. She had a cat, ravens were her spirit animal, and she read the New York Times daily—her hometown paper. Not caring much for cooking, if pressed she would bring deviled eggs to a potluck meal. In her last home, she kept a bowl filled with paper cranes on a table by the entry. She had been inspired by the story of the Japanese girl who made cranes, and it was her practice to send all her visitors home with at least one.

Elinor McHale was born on 30 January 1927, the only child of Walter and Hildegarde McHale. She grew up in White Plains, New York and earned the distinction of high school valedictorian. She was graduated summa cum laude from St. Lawrence University in 1948 with a B.S. in chemistry and elected to Phi Beta Kappa. In the spirit of adventure, Elinor moved to Colorado for graduate study in chemistry, where she met and married fellow chemist Neil Artman, meanwhile learning to ski and to climb mountains. Neil’s work and PhD study took them to Delaware, then Texas, and finally to Ohio in 1955 for long-term employment with Proctor & Gamble. By 1961 the couple had five children and was living in the conservative Cincinnati suburbs.

Elinore Artman

Elinor Artman

In an atmosphere of heavy-handed corporate pressure to conform to patriarchal conventionality as “a P&G wife,” Elinor rebelled. She organized a group of wives who read Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique. When her oldest child was asked by his public schoolteacher where his family worshipped on Sundays, her search for a very “un-P&G” religious alternative led her to the First Unitarian Church, where her children grew up in the church school and she became an increasingly active lay leader. When First Church seeded a new congregation in the Cincinnati suburbs, she helped launch the Northern Hills Fellowship.

With her mind continuing to stretch and yearn for knowledge, her UU activity led her toward deeper religious study. In the mid-1970s, with the death of her son Chris, a marriage strained to the point of divorce, and her youngest daughters still in high school, she began taking courses at United Theological Seminary in nearby Dayton. Though later denying to colleagues that she had ever experienced “a call,” Elinor eventually realized she was close to having enough credits for an M.Div. She lamented to her daughter Sarah that if she did that, she would be 52 when she finished. Sarah wisely said, “You’re going to be 52 anyway, so you might as well do it.” And so she did, earning her degree and in 1980 receiving ordination by her home church in Cincinnati.

The newly Rev. Ms. Artman first served as Extension Minister for the UUA’s Ohio Valley District from 1980 to 1983. She moved to parish ministry at the UU Fellowship of Kokomo, Indiana (1985-87) and then to her primary settlement at the Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church of Cincinnati (1989-2001), including a once-a month pulpit supply for the briefly existing UUs of Northern Kentucky (1994-95). The Heritage congregation named her Minister Emerita in 2001. She was known for her skills in conflict resolution and often facilitated groups in need of guidance. She became a certified instructor in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and often used this tool with church boards and congregations.

Elinor Artman lived out her professional commitment and service to the wider UU movement in manifold ways. She contributed importantly to the courses Cakes for the Queen of Heaven and Rise Up and Call Her Name, curricula for exploring feminist theology. She served twice as board member of the Unitarian Universalist Women’s Federation (1971-73 and 1991-93), facilitator of Unitarian Universalists for Right Relations (1991-93), member of the UUA Task Force on Congregational Responses to Clergy Misconduct (1992-94), member of the UUMA Executive Committee (1996-99), liaison to the UUMA’s CENTER Committee (1998), consultant to the Mountain Retreat and Learning Center Staff (2000-05), board member of the Women’s Heritage Society (2006-09), and chaplain of the Unitarian Universalist Musicians’ Network for eight years. In 2010, she was honored with membership in the Unitarian Universalist Women’s Federation Clara Barton Sisterhood, and in 2013 she received the Distinguished Service Award for the UUA’s Southeast District. In retirement she lived in Highlands and then in Asheville, North Carolina, a member of the UU church there.

Her daughter, Martha, remembers how passionately Elinor “wanted to see women equally represented” and described her habit of scanning through magazines to count the relative numbers of female and male contributors. In her 80s, Ms. Artman began working on a book about women in Unitarian Universalism. In the introduction she wrote:

It has been a half century of great change. The Women and Religion Committee in the 70’s and 80’s was very active in helping us understand that women were not yet equal—both in the culture and UU circles. Decades of active consciousness-raising has helped remedy that. Women ministers were but a handful in 1975, but by 1999, over half of our ordained ministers were women.

Completion of the book by friends and co-workers is planned.

Elinor Artman is survived by her son, Linus Artman, daughters Martha Griffin, Sarah Artman, and Vanessa Fox, and three grandchildren.

Celebration of life services were held on 6 April 2014 at the Heritage UU Church of Cincinnati and on 26 April 2014 at the UU Congregation of Asheville, North Carolina.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place, Asheville, NC 28801, or to the Religious Institute, 21 Charles Street, Suite 140, Westport, Conn. 06880. In addition, her Heritage congregation has established the Elinor Artman Memorial Fund (c/o Heritage UU Church, 2710 Newtown Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45244), to which contributions are welcomed.

Notes of condolence may be sent in care of Sarah Artman, 1495 Teeway Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43220.

Obituary: B

Evangeline Bachelder

Evangeline Bachelder, 87, widow of the Rev. Horace Bachelder, died Nov. 12, 2007, in Melrose, MA. They served the Atkinson Church, Oregon City, OR, from 1946-1971, where Evangeline directed a 30-voice junior choir and often composed music. She composed a hymn, “I Held the Planets in my Hand” which was pasted into the hymnal and sung often by the (then) 600-member church. Under their leadership, the church went from Congregational to Unitarian in 1959. They moved to Plymouth, MA, in 1971, where Horace ministered until his death in 1981. Evangeline again directed the Jr. Choir.

The Rev. Cornelis “Neil” Johannes Bakker

Cornelis Bakker

Cornelis Bakker

The Rev. Cornelis “Neil” Johannes Bakker, parish minister, world traveler, WW II veteran, lover of sports cars and opera, and a talented photographer and stained glass artist, died on August 10, 2014 at the age of 97.

Cornelis Johannes Bakker was born in Amsterdam on May 29, 1917 to Hendrik Bakker and Dina Bakker, but emigrated to the U.S. at age eight with his parents. He served in the US Army as a Tank Commander from 1941 to 1946 and continued with the Army Reserves after the war, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. He went on to earn a B.A. from George Washington University in 1949 and a M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School in 1960.

Mr. Bakker was ordained to the ministry in 1963 by the First Unitarian Society of Gardner, MA. He served as a Protestant chaplain to the Gardner State Hospital from 1963 to 1977, and concurrently, minister to the First Unitarian Society of Gardner, MA from 1963 to 1979. He then served as minister to the First Universalist Church of Providence, RI from 1979 to his retirement in 1990. He was named Minister Emeritus of the First Unitarian Society of Gardner in 1984, and Minister Emeritus of the First Unitarian Church of Providence in 1990.

Neil Bakker was committed to both the larger UU movement and the local communities in which he ministered. He served as president and vice president of the Central Massachusetts District of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), and served on the district’s board, evaluation committee, and appraisal committee. He also served as member and president of the North Atlantic Interdistrict Council of the UUA; the nominating committee and board of the Ballou-Channing District of the UUA; and the MA Council of Churches. He held membership with the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association; co-founded the Gardner-Athol Area Mental Health Association, and actively served the American Red Cross, United Way of America, the Doolittle Home, the Human Rights Committee, the CG Jung Center, the Netopian Club, and the Krishnamurti Society.

Neil is survived by his wife of 57 years, Melba Ann Bakker, who describes him as a “wonderful father” and a lover of people and laughter. “It didn’t matter who the person was; Neil treated all people equally and lovingly.” Other survivors are a daughter, Stephanie A. Bakker, a sister, Henrietta Weiting, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held on Sunday, September 14th, at the First Unitarian Church of Providence, RI. Memorial donations are encouraged to the First Unitarian Church of Providence, RI, 1 Benevolent St, Providence, RI 02906, to Hamilton House, 276 Angell St, Providence, RI 02906, or to the VNA Hospice of Rhode Island, 475 Kilvert Street, Warwick, RI, 02886.

The Rev. James Marshall Bank

James Marshall Bank

James Marshall Bank

The Rev. James Marshall Bank, 65, died July 23, 2009, after three years of living with cancer. A native of Michigan, he was educated at Baldwin Wallace College, Berea, OH, and Boston University. Ordained at King’s Chapel, he served in the US Navy, as chaplain on Okinawa and then aboard the aircraft carrier Constellation. He next served congregations in MA, MD, and interim ministries in VT, NC, NH and PA. An active voice for social justice — especially for gay rights and AIDS ministry — he advocated strongly for local inter-denominational cooperation. He was in our Minister on Loan Program and a member of the Religious Education Futures Committee, and the AIDS Community Review Panel of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. He saw his ten years as a member — and later as president — of the National Cancer Institute’s Institutional Review Board as one of the most significant lifetime contributions. He was truly a Renaissance man, who loved history, books, films, music, gadgets, animals, telling stories, and being a good Dad. He is survived by his wife, Cathy Miller and their daughters Julia, Sarah, and Sasha Bank.

The Rev. Charles Otis Barber

uurmapaThe Rev. Charles Otis Barber, 87, died March 5, 2006 in Deland, FL. He was ordained by the Universalist Church of Foxboro, MA and served the First Universalist Church in Dolgeville, NY; First Universalist Society of Salem, Walpole NH Unitarian Church, the First Universalist Church of West Chesterfield and the Unitarian Universalist Church of West Volusia, Deland, FL. He was named minister emeritus at both the Walpole and West Volusia churches. He was survived by his wife Madelyn C. Barber and two children, Susan E. Murphy of Florida and John R. Barber of North Attleboro, MA. Memorial services were held March 26 in Deland, and April 28th at the Walpole, NH Unitarian Church.

The Rev. Madelyn Catherine (Harnish) Barber

Madelyn Barber

Madelyn Barber

The Rev. Madelyn Catherine (Harnish) Barber, 93, widow of the Rev. Charles Otis Barber died Jan. 31, 2015.

Born in Nova Scotia, Canada, on May 13, 1921, she was the daughter of Robert and Leona (Croft) Harnish. She was reared in Boston and educated in the public schools there. She married Charles Barber in 1943. They reared a son and a daughter.

Sheearned her bachelor’s of science in education from the former State College of Boston and earned her master’s degree in educational administration from Syracuse University. While at Syracuse, she was eligible for honors and was elected to the Pi Lambda Theta honor society for her scholastic accomplishments.

She taught social sciences, mathematics, English and general science for more than 20 years. Madelyn was the first woman elected to the Dolgeville (NY) District Board of Education. She also served as the vice president of the Herkimer (NY) County School Board Association.

From 1962 to 1966, she was the executive director of the Doolittle Nursing Home in Foxboro. MA. Both she and her husband studied the needs of the aging by attending institutes and seminars. She earned her achievement certificate for management, advanced administration and medical economics from the American Medical Association and the American Nursing Home Association.

An active UU, she was a member of the Ballou Channing Religious Education Committee and the Ballou Channing Women’s Association. While in the St. Lawrence District, Madelyn served as the president of the District Women’s Federation.

She was involved in all phases of church life wherever her husband and she served. She was religious education director at the Salem (MA) UU church and at the UU Fellowship in Durham (NH). At the Salem church, Madelyn was a board member of the Woman’s Friend Society and chairperson of the Outreach Committee and president of the Salem Church Women United.

Her son, Jack, reports that in the 1980s she was ordained to the UU ministry by the South Parish Unitarian Church of Charlestown, NH. The congregation recognized her service providing her own ministry to several small churches. And they acknowledged her contributions to religious and civic organizations during her long and fruitful career.

She and her husband retired to Deland, FL. Then, after he died there in 2006 she returned to North Attleboro, MA and lived in long-term care from 2009 until her death.

In earlier years Madelyn enjoyed camping, then later she could be found gardening, reading, being outdoors and clipping articles from newspapers. She remained true to her longtime roots in farming and had a deep appreciation for that hard work and the role farmers play in society.

She leaves a daughter, Susan E. Murphy and son-in-law, Robert Murphy of Deland, FL.; a son, John R. Barber and daughter-in-law, Charlotte Barber of Plainville, MA; nine grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents and her brother, Larry Harnish.

A celebration of her life and faith was held Feb. 7 at the Chapel at Madonna Manor, MA, with the Rev. Kelly K. Thibeault, pastor of the First Congregational Church, North Attleboro, officiating. She says that a number of Madelyn’s writings were shared at her service.

Memorial donations in Madelyn’s name may be made to Lenore’s Pantry, 43 South Washington St., North Attleboro, MA 02760.

Notes of remembrance may be sent to: John Barber, 10 Cliff Dr., Plainville, MA, 02762.

The Rev. Dr. James Madison Barr III

James Madison Barr III

James Madison Barr III

The Rev. Dr. James Madison Barr III, 90, died June 10, 2009 at home. He attended Fork Union Military Academy and University of Virginia, where he earned a law degree. He taught at UVA’s School of Economics and Commerce. He worked as an attorney, accountant, and auditor. Jim served on the Charlottesville, VA city council and as president of the Junior Chamber of Commerce there. An active member of Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church in Charlottesville, he entered Starr King and served churches in MA, NY, and TN. He was instrumental in building the Memphis church —“The Church of the River.” The church named him minister emeritus for his 20 years of service. In his retirement, he was a member of UU Village Church (Hot Springs Village, AK), where he also preached. He served in the Southwest District as Settlement Representative, Good Offices Representative, as member of the SWD Board of Directors, and as Chair of the Summer Institute. His community activities in Memphis included board service for Tenn-Ark-Miss Council of the Girl Scouts, Urban League, and the Heart Association. He was a member of the Memphis Community Relations Commission. He is survived by three daughters, their spouses, four grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his third wife, “Maggie.”

Laile E. Bartlett, Ph.D.

uurmapaLaile E. Bartlett, Ph.D., 90, wife of the Rev. Josiah R. Bartlett, died May 11, 2006 in Ft. Bragg, CA. Laile received her sociology Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley, followed by a social settlement post in the east end of London, a government internship with the National Institute of Public Affairs in Washington, D.C, and a lectureship with the League of Nations in Geneva. For the first half of her career she taught on college campuses and the second half was research and writing: Bright Galaxy, an analysis of the Unitarian fellowship movement (Beacon Press), The Vanishing Parson, on the clergy exodus (Beacon Press), New Work/New Life (Harper and Row), on career change, and Psi Trek, (McGraw-Hill). This book, in which she explores psychics and psychic phenomena, resulted in more than 90 invitations to appear on TV and radio programs. Most distinctive was her long and extensive collaboration with her husband, who was president of Starr King for nearly 20 years. Her radio program, “The Family Reads,” co-hosted with her husband, was nominated for a Peabody Award. The Bartletts created an interim ministry program for the UU denomination. They served in interim ministries in more than 25 churches throughout the US. She is survived by four children: Joel Emerson Bartlett of Phonenixville, PA, Joselyn Kingsley Bartlett Miksak of Caspar, CA, Loel Starr Bartlett Miller of Walnut Creek, CA, and Noel Channing Bartlett, of Lafayette, CA; and three grandchildren.

Mary Evelyn Newhall Behee

Mary Evelyn Newhall Behee and Welles E. Behee

Mary Evelyn Newhall Behee and Welles E. Behee

Mary Evelyn Newhall Behee, 85, wife of the Rev. Wells Behee, died Dec. 13, 2011 in a traffic accident, near New Madison, OH. The crash also took the life of her husband of 62 years. A native of Lynn, MA, Mary graduated from Salem Teachers College, and received a certificate of religious education from St. Lawrence Theological School. She earned her teaching credentials from Miami University. She taught many years at Franklin Monroe Elementary School. She was a doll collector, an avid gardener and a supporter of the New Madison Friends of the Library. She was active in Universalist and UU churches in New Madison and Eldorado. Mary was beloved by an extended family. She was known for her caring nature and her sunny disposition. Their family says Wells and Mary were best friends who enjoyed traveling together.

The Rev. Wells E. Behee

Mary Evelyn Newhall Behee and Welles E. Behee

Mary Evelyn Newhall Behee and Welles E. Behee

The Rev. Wells E. Behee, 86, died Dec. 15, 2011 as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident on Dec. 13 2011, which took the life of his wife. He was a native of Lynn, MA and a fifth generation Universalist. Wells earned his BA from St. Lawrence University and his M.Div. from St. Lawrence Theological School. A veteran of World War II, he saw action at Iwo Jima. He served UU churches in Woodstock, Eldorado and New Madison. He earned his M.Ed. at Miami University in Oxford, OH and went on to teach high school at Arcanum. He served as special education coordinator at Mansfield. He was a scoutmaster and coached his children in Olympic marathon canoeing. He enjoyed classical music, art, literature, genealogy and gardening. The Behees are survived by their five children: Kathy Becker, Karyl Parks, Kris Rantz, Emerson Behee, Karen Fageol, their spouses, six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. They were predeceased by their grandson, Aaron Dean Rawlings. The Behees donated their bodies to the Anatomical Gift Program at Wright State University.

The Rev. Jeanne “Holly” (Millett) Bell

uurmapaThe Rev. Jeanne “Holly” (Millett) Bell died on January 22, 2016, at the age of 85.

She is survived by her loving children, Peter M. Bell (Mary); Rebecca H. “Becky” Bell (Edward Green); and Elizabeth M. “Libby” Kellard (Robert); and adoring grandchildren, Emily Bell Springett (Doyle); Christopher H. Bell; Meghan E. Kellard; and Alyssa M. Kellard.  Holly was pre-deceased by her son Marc A. Bell, as well as by her sister Cheryl Herman.  She was the spouse of the late Hubert W. Bell and the late Gerald C. Bailey.

A memorial service will be held later this year.

In lieu of flowers, you are invited to honor the life and service of Rev. Jeanne “Holly” Bell with a memorial donation to the Unitarian Universalist Association. Please make checks payable to “Friends of the UUA” and mail to: Unitarian Universalist Association, Attention: Gift Processing, 24 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA 02210. Donations may be made online at:

Condolences may be sent to Rebecca Bell, 1603 Tina Lane, Castleton, NY 12033.  

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

Rosella Macomber Bemis

uurmapaRosella Macomber Bemis, 85, of Athol, MA, died Feb. 2, 2006. Her husband, Eldred Bemis, died in 1994. She was previously married to the Rev. Wilton Cross and Norman Guertin. She was a member of the Margery Morton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and and the Petersham Orthodox Congregational Church. Survivors include her children, James Guertin of Jupiter, FL; Mitchell Guertin of Lake Wales, FL; Norma Guertin of Stuart, FL; Joyce Nelson of Athol; and Peter Guertin of Orange; 10 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; a brother and a sister. The family held a private graveside service in Petersham in the spring.

The Rev. Richard E. “Dick” Benner

Richard Benner

Richard Benner

The Rev. Richard E. “Dick” Benner, parish minister and passionate advocate for freedom of choice and dignity, died of brain cancer on May 18, 2013, aged 70, at the Tidewell Hospice House in Sarasota, Florida.

A devoted follower of the renowned psychotherapist Carl Gustav Jung, Mr. Benner taught classes based on Jung’s work and attended the C. G. Jung Institute in Switzerland. He was also a founding member of the C.G. Jung Society of Sarasota, Florida.

Richard Elden Benner was born in Bangor, Maine, on May 30, 1942 to Anne and Elden Benner. He received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Education from the University of Maine in 1964 and 1969, respectively, and went on to attain a Master of Divinity from Bangor Theological Seminary in 1974.

Mr. Benner was ordained at the First Universalist Church of Westbrook, Maine on June 16, 1974, and began his parish ministry with service to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers, Florida, 1974-79. He went on to settlements at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Central Nassau in Garden City, New York (1979-87), the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, Florida (1987- 98), and finally at the First Unitarian Church of Omaha, Nebraska, from 1998 until his retirement in 2005.

The Rev. Mr. Benner was faithfully devoted to both the larger UU movement and to his local communities. He served two terms as President of the UUA’s Florida District. He also served as President of the Sarasota Council of Concern, was a founding member of the Sarasota Interfaith Education Coalition (SURE), and served on the Board of Directors of the Sarasota Family Counseling Center. With a strong commitment to preserving and promoting freedom of choice and dignity at the end of life, Mr. Benner served as the President of the statewide Hemlock Society of Florida as well as of its first local chapter, Suncoast Hemlock.

Richard Benner enjoyed foreign films, British and Scandinavian television series, and Civil War history. A true dog lover, he would often fondly recall memories of his late, beloved golden retriever, Josh, named after Civil War hero and Maine native, Joshua Chamberlain. Many knew of his poetic gift, and the “humanity, compassion, and wit he was able to convey through his work.” He published several books of poetry based on his experiences in the state of Maine: Maine Moods, Living Double, and Night Songs.

Richard Benner is survived by his wife of 47 years, Susan (Gammon) Benner; sons, Christopher Benner and Andrew Benner; and a granddaughter, Sophia Benner.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota.

Notes of condolence may be sent to Susan Benner at 5459 Beneva Woods Way, Sarasota, FL 34233.

The Rev. Berjouhie (Berjie) Andreassian Bergler

Berjouhie (Berjie) Andreassian Bergler

Berjouhie (Berjie) Andreassian Bergler

The Rev. Berjouhie (Berjie) Andreassian Bergler, 86 died July 10, 2008. Born in Turkey, she fled with family to Lebanon and later moved to New York State. She graduated as class valedictorian from Keuka College, later earning a BD in Ministry from Colgate-Rochester Divinity School, again graduating as valedictorian, and as the only woman in her class. She was Assistant Professor of Religion at Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA. She also preached regularly at the UU Society of Amherst, MA. She served as Director of Religious Education at All Souls Unitarian Church in New York, NY and was the first woman to preach there in its 142 year history. She was ordained in 1962 at Community Church of New York City jointly by five New York churches as Minister to College Students. In 1965, she married Robert Bergler. She joined the faculty of Douglass College of Rutgers University as Assistant Professor of Religion and continued teaching there until her retirement in 1984. Even though her work was primarily academic, she often conducted weddings, dedications, and memorial services. She and her husband were also active members in the Unitarian Society of New Brunswick, NJ. In a letter of reference for Rev. Bergler’s application for Fellowship, Rev. Sophia Lyon Fahs said “Her personal integrity is of the finest. Her philosophy of life is wholehearted and all-encompassing; and she is forthwright [sic] in expressions of her thoughts, as well as unusually capable intellectually in expressing them.” Rev. Bergler is survived by her sister, and thre Alice Rabah of Chapel Hill, NC.

John Berquist

John Berquist, the spouse of the Rev. Dr. Carol Hepokoski, died May 12, 2016 of pancreatic cancer, surrounded by his family, at home in Eveleth MN. John was widely known as a folklorist, musician, and storyteller.

John had studied cultural geography, and wherever he lived he connected with the local immigrant communities, learning their stories and songs, and incorporating those into presentations. He delivered historical and musical programs in libraries and community centers throughout Minnesota, State Parks, and celebrations. His passion was the Iron Range of northern Minnesota, where he was born, and to which he often returned. He studied the cultural heritage of the Range, especially the oral history and music from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. John was a field worker for the Smithsonian, and the host of a traveling live radio program nominated for an award by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. His hand crafted maple syrup won blue ribbons at the St. Louis County Fair for several years.

He and Carol were married in 1983. They lived for two years in St Paul, where John served as the Folk Arts Coordinator for the Minnesota State Arts Board, but returned to the Range when children became part of their lives. Later, Carol’s work moved them to the Hyde Park neighborhood in Chicago, and John worked as a story teller and musician in after school programs and in senior centers throughout Chicago.

John had a lifelong interest in music, and was involved with bands wherever he was. He also participated as an active layperson in Unitarian Universalist congregations, bringing music and stories to worship services, leading and participating in choirs, and joining in district activities.

He is survived by his wife, the Rev. Dr. Carol Hepokoski; his sons, Andy Rosequist, Boston, and Jonah Berquist, San Francisco; and a widespread extended family.

Notes of condolence may be sent to the Rev. Dr. Carol A. Hepokoski, 8164 N. Long Lake Ct., Eveleth, MN 55734.

Memorials can be sent to the Mesabi UU Church, 230 South Seventh St, Virginia, MN 55792 or Faithful Fools Street Ministry, 234 Hyde St., San Francisco, CA 94102.

The Rev. Paul H. Bicknell

uurmapaThe Rev. Paul H. Bicknell, 84, died May 31, 2008 in Medina, OH, from complications of a heart attack. He served the UU Church of Elgin, IL from 1957 until 1972. The church and its members were active leaders of social change. Rev. Bicknell also held several Community Ministry positions, working with older adults and he served a number of congregations as interim minister in Hobart, IN, White Plains, NY, Kansas City, MO, New Haven, CT, Rocky River, OH, Golden, CO, West Hartford, CT, and London, Ontario. Rev. Bicknell is survived by his long-time friend Mary Anne Kehoe Ford, his sons, Richard (Carmen) and Brian, by his daughter, Deborah Leader, and by seven devoted nieces and nephews.

Virginia Bicknell

uurmapaVirginia Bicknell, 78, widow of the Rev. Kelsey Bicknell, died in July, 2007, and David Pohl conducted her memorial service at the Unitarian Memorial Church, Fairhaven, MA. David writes, “Ginny was a teacher as well as mother, grandmother and friend. Her children spoke of her as a great cook, one who loved puzzles, and had a boundless love for her family. She was also ‘a second mother’ to many college students. I shall always remember her as a smart and kind person who lived with courage and grace throughout her 78 years.” She leaves a son, Michael, and three daughters, Rebecca Bicknell, Leigh Hemingway and Anita Langley.

The Rev. Carl Bierman

Carl Bierman

Carl Bierman

The Rev. Carl Bierman, 79, died January 6, 2010. A native of Germany, he emigrated to the US in 1935. He was educated at Columbia, City College of New York and Harvard Divinity School. He served congregations in Woodstock, VT; Springfield, MO; Washington Crossing, NJ; Kennebunk, ME, overseeing construction of churches in Washington Crossing and Springfield. He taught religion at Missouri State U and was active in the civil rights movement and in the Torch Club in Trenton, NJ; he had a passion for history and also enjoyed astronomy and playing chess. He is survived by his wife Dolores Hart Bierman, three daughters, Natalie, Daphne and Sally, a son, Andrew, and their spouses and twelve grandchildren.

The Rev. Penelope (Penny) Anderson Binger

uurmapaThe Rev. Penelope (Penny) Anderson Binger, 82, died following a brief illness on June 1, 2008 at in Hiawatha, IA. Rev. Binger was ordained by the First Unitarian Church of San Jose, California on November 10, 1985.  She served the First Unitarian Church of Sioux City, Iowa from 1986 until 1996.  Upon her retirement, the congregation honored her as Minister Emerita.  In addition to her large and loving family, the main passions in Rev. Binger’s life were the fight for Civil Liberties /ACLU, support for the drive to increase diversity and inclusiveness in our society, and working to improve the status of women.  Rev. Binger is survived by her six children: Penny Brisson of Santa Clara CA; Ginna Himschoot (Robert) of Cedar Rapids; James Binger of Oakland CA; Elizabeth Binger (George Dowker) of Niantic CT; Paula Binger of Waterloo IA; and Julia Daugherty (Darren) of Cedar Rapids; her brother Frank Anderson (Dorothy) of Eugene OR; a niece Patricia Allard (Robert) of Marion; a nephew Keith Binger of Irving TX; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

The Rev. Suzanne Black

Suzanne Black

Suzanne Black

The Rev. Suzanne Black, parish minister, educator of the disadvantaged, lifelong musician, and devoted dog lover, died on 10 February 2014 at the age of 71 after a brief illness.

Suzanne is remembered as one who “helped the underdog,” and even prior to ministry, she was steadily engaged in education and pastoral care, first teaching high school French in Chicago and then moving to Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, to become the head houseparent at a home for emotionally disturbed teenagers.

As a college student, she was bedfast for many months due to a serious spinal injury suffered during a rock-climbing outing. Despite several surgeries and physical therapy, she was dependent on leg braces and crutches for most of her working life. Nevertheless, Suzanne spent several summers traveling across Europe, “not letting this impairment of function interfere with living life fully,” recalls her sister, Judy. A seminary colleague remembers walking up “Holy Hill” with her: “I never quite made it up the hill without stopping. But . . . even on crutches and in her Birkenstocks [Suzanne] could beat me. She was still an athlete at the age of 45.” In retirement, knee surgeries failed to improve her mobility, and she became more dependent on what she called, with characteristic optimism and determination, her “power chair,” and repeatedly insisted that it was not an “electric chair!”

Suzanne Black

Suzanne Black with her dogs

Suzanne had a lifelong love of music, beginning with piano lessons in her childhood, continuing with high-school choir and musical theater, then guitar and folk singing in her “hippie” period, and ending with karaoke in her retirement. She always had several dogs as pets, and considered the dogs to be family. At her wedding to Gary Murphy on 12 August 2000, Suzanne’s two dogs were “attendants,” coming down the aisle wearing bows in procession with their human companions.

Susan (Susie, Suzanne, Suze) Trappe Black was born 28 August 1942 in Alexandria, West Virginia, to Winston Edward Black and Virginia Trappe (Price) Black and grew up in Urbana, Illinois. She attended Mt. Holyoke College from 1960 to 1963 before transferring to the University of Illinois, where she earned a B.A. in 1965 and a M.A. in 1967. Around 1975, after several years of conventional life and work in the familiarity of the Midwest, Suzanne headed out to the open skies of Montana in a purple van with a companion, Sam Farmer, to live communally with another couple and their children. She earned a bit of income there sewing and embroidering peasant blouses and other clothing. With the ending of that communal life, she soon returned to the helping professions, working as a special education teacher and education department supervisor at the Boulder River School and Hospital in Boulder, Montana, where she met and married co-worker, Dean Dougherty. Suzanne became active in nearby Helena’s Big Sky UU Fellowship, and eventually went off to Starr King School for the Ministry, earning her M.Div. there in 1990. Her marriage to Dean ended in divorce.

Returning to Montana, Ms. Black was ordained to Unitarian Universalist ministry on 24 May 1992 by joint action of the UU congregations of Helena, Billings, Bozeman, Idaho Falls, and Missoula in the tiny and evocatively-named town of Pray, Montana. She served interim ministries at the UU Congregation of York, Penn (1992-93) and the UU Fellowship of Fayetteville, Ark (1993-94), and an extension ministry at the UU Congregation of Las Vegas, Nevada (1994-97). In 1997 she was called as parish minister to the UU Church of South County (now “Tapestry”) in Mission Viejo, Calif, serving there until 2000, when she moved to a final interim ministry at St. Paul’s Universalist Church of Little Falls, NY (2000-01). In retirement, she and her new husband Gary returned to the desert they loved in southwest Arizona. They called themselves “snowbirds” and enjoyed traveling.

Committed strongly to the Unitarian Universalist Association’s work in anti-racism, the Rev. Ms. Black served as co-leader of the UUA’s Beyond Categorical Thinking Workshop in 1993 and as co-organizer of the UUA’s Building a Jubilee World Workshop in 1996. In the Pacific Southwest District chapter of the UUMA, she was a co-planner of three collegial retreats (1997-2000) and served as the chapter’s vice president (1999-2000).

Family and friends gathered for a meal of remembrance on 22 February 2014 in Bloomington, Illinois — the area of Suzanne’s childhood. Another informal memorial gathering was held in the Tyson RV Park clubhouse of her Quarzite, Arizona, housing community on February 28. Her sister recalled Suzanne as “passionate about people, her connections with people, and maintaining those connections.” She “knew how to put a good spin on things and look at [life] in a positive way.”

Suzanne’s second husband Gary died in 2010. She is survived by her sister, Judith May; brother, Theodore Black; nephews, Andrew May and Brian May; and niece, Ginny Black.

Memorial donations may be made to Starr King School for the Ministry, 2441 Le Conte Ave, Berkeley, Calif. 94709, to your area companion pet rescue shelter, or to a charity of your choice.

Notes of condolences may be sent to Judy May, Box 2100 RR 1, Corner Brook, Newfoundland, A2H 2N2 Canada.

The Rev. David M. Blanchard

David M. Blanchard

David M. Blanchard

The Rev. David M. Blanchard, 75, died August 18, 2008. He was honored this year by the UUMA on the 50th anniversary of his ordination. He served UU congregations in Swampscott and Palmer, MA. In 1965, he became the minister of the North Parish UU Church of North Andover, MA, where he served until his retirement in 1997, when he was named minister emeritus. He was an advocate for civil rights and social justice in his community. He is survived by his wife, Joan DesJardins Blanchard of Andover, MA, with whom he would have celebrated 51 years of marriage in September. He is also survived by two sons, two grandchildren, a sister, and several nieces and nephews.

Jeanne Tobin Bletzer

Jeanne Tobin Bletzer

Jeanne Tobin Bletzer

Jeanne Tobin Bletzer, 91, widow of the Rev. Russell Bletzer, died November 8, 2009 in hospice care in Surprise, AZ. A native of Chicago, she was first married to the Rev. G. Richard Kuch. The Kuchs served the Ft. Worth TX congregation. The couple divorced in the early 1960’s. Jeanne did a great deal of work in RE over the years and served as DRE at the Evanston IL congregation, prior to marrying Russell R. Bletzer in 1967. The Bletzers also served in Woodstock VT. Jeanne was an avid golfer and an active community volunteer in Woodstock. She had been in assisted living for several years following a stroke. She lived out her later years with dignity, despite the limitations of arthritis and macular degeneration. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Ken and Sheila Kuch and her daughter, Cameron Kuch.

The Rev. Rebecca “Becky” Morton Blodgett

The Rev. Rebecca “Becky” Morton Blodgett died on August 12, 2017 at the age of 84.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years Timothy Blodgett; children Sarah Blodgett, Amy Walker (Jonathan), Jeffrey Blodgett (Emily), and Katherine Blodgett; and eight grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main St, Concord, MA 01742, in support of children’s services.

A memorial service will be held at 11am on Friday, September 29th at First Parish in Concord, 20 Lexington Road, Concord, MA 01742.

Notes of condolence can be sent to First Parish in Concord (address above).

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

The Rev. Michael Edward Boardman

uurmapaThe Rev. Michael Edward Boardman, 68, died Dec. 9, 2006, of progressive supranuclear palsy. He had dreams of becoming a dairy farmer, but he soon realized one must have money to buy a farm. Instead, he entered Starr King School for the Ministry. He served churches in Whittier, CA, and later in Sudbury, Brookline and South Natick, MA and several interim ministries. Shortly after an incorrect diagnosis of Parkinson’s, Michael retired in 2002 and moved with his wife, Barbara Prairie, to Berea, KY. Despite declining health, he participated in various organizations, converted to Catholicism and regularly attended mass at St. Clare. He is survived by Barbara; daughters Katherine Edwards and Sheila Boardman; stepdaughters Adrienne Cruise and Karen Ransom; and five grandchildren.

The Rev. John Nicholls Booth

John Nicholls Booth

John Nicholls Booth

The Rev. John Nicholls Booth, 97, died Nov. 11, 2009. As a young man he worked as a professional nightclub magician. His enrollment in Meadville Lombard in 1940 made Newsweek. He served churches in Detroit, MI; Long Beach, CA; Belmont, MA; and Evanston, IL. He was a world traveler and an adventurer who climbed the Himalayas. He enjoyed giving talks about his travels. Throughout his long life he retained his connections to other magicians; his monthly column for Linking Ring Magazine ran from 1963-2000. He is survived by a daughter, Barbara Christie, two grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

The Rev. Dorothy S. Boroush

Dorothy Boroush

Dorothy Boroush

The Rev. Dorothy S. Boroush, parish minister and passionate activist for women’s rights, died on June 14, 2014 at the age of 88 in Englewood, Colorado, at the home of her daughter Gretchen, surrounded by flowers, family, and friends.

Dorothy was born on October 3, 1925, in Tiffin, Ohio, to George Alfred Stinchcomb and Ruth Elise Brand Stinchcomb. She was graduated with a B.A. in Theater from the State University of Ohio in 1977 and went on to attain an M. Div. from Chicago Theological Seminary in 1980.

After graduation, Dorothy was ordained to the Unitarian Universalist Ministry by the First Unitarian Church of Shaker Heights, Ohio, in 1980. Shortly thereafter, she was called to serve as minister to the Emerson Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (now Emerson Church Unitarian Universalist) of Troy, Michigan, from 1980 to 1984. She then served as interim minister to the First Parish Church of Groton, Mass, from 1984 to 1985; the Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson, of Hudson, Mass, from 1985 to 1986; and the Unitarian Society of New Haven, CT, from 1986 to 1987. In 1987, she accepted the position of District Executive to the Ballou Channing District, serving 49 parishes in southern Massachusetts and Rhode Island until 1994.

She formally retired from ministry in 1995, but eventually regretted the “premature decision” and went on to serve as interim minister of the Foxborough Universalist Church in 1999. Dorothy also served as “minister-on-call” for a number of New England congregations, stepping in for other ministers who were ill or called away. She loved preaching at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House of Provincetown, MA, the Unitarian Universalist Society of Martha’s Vineyard, the Bell Street Chapel in Providence, RI and many others. She led Sunday worship services at the First Parish Church of Taunton, MA, from July 2009 to April 2012, while the congregation was without a settled minister.

Throughout her ministry, The Rev. Ms. Boroush dedicated time and service to numerous denominational organizations. She served on the Ohio-Meadville District’s Commissioned Lay Leaders Committee and the Holmes-Weatherly Award Panel. She served as Chair of the Michigan Extension Committee for two years, President of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association’s Michigan Chapter for two years, and Co-Chair of the Central Massachusetts’ Youth Adult Committee (YAC) for one year. She volunteered at the Doolittle Home of Foxboro, MA, and served on its board for a number of years.

Dorothy was a resolute advocate for women’s rights. Prior to entering the ministry, she worked as Director of Education and Public Relations for Pre-Term, a women’s health clinic in Cleveland, OH. She was a charter member of the National Organization for Women’s Cleveland Chapter, and served on the organization’s board and public relations committee. She served as member of the Cleveland Abortion Rights Action League; and member of the Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights (now the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice).

Dorothy was very involved with the Unitarian Universalist Women’s Heritage Society (UUWHS). She served on the Society’s Board of Directors from June 1995 to June 2001. She was a contributor and editor to a series of short biographic descriptions of UU women, titled “Notable Universalist and Unitarian Women,” and was the editor of the last edition in 2000. She was actively involved with programs put on by the UUWHS and was involved with the development of UUWHS calendars. She sponsored, wrote, and edited the 2002 edition of this calendar that included Antoinette Brown Blackwell, the first woman to be ordained in our liberal religious tradition.

The arts and creativity were powerful forces in Dorothy’s life. More than 15 years of her youth were dedicated to the formal study of piano and acting. She was a well-known actor and director in community theater throughout her life, much of it to critical acclaim. Her classical piano training was sufficient to consider a professional position per her instructors. She wrote poetry and in the 1970/80’s served as artistic director for the published poetry performance troupe, “Big Mama”. She also wrote, directed, and performed a one-act play about the life of the Rev. Antoinette Brown Blackwell, which was staged in a number of Unitarian Universalist churches, also to great acclaim for its historic educational and creative aspects pertinent to the UU tradition.

Until nearly the end of her life, at age 86, Dorothy was still acting minister at First Parish Church in Taunton, Mass., where congregants there remember her as “a woman of deep faith,” “dedicated,” “generous,” and “committed to the long-term health of the congregation.”

Dorothy’s family remembers her as a gardener, a collector of ‘spiritual rocks’, a lover of the color purple, a feminist, poetess, political activist, a bird and tomato lover. She was a singer of silly songs and crocheted works of art during meetings. Her mission was to leave this world in a better place.

Dorothy is survived by her daughter, Gretchen E. Boroush; her sons, Eric D. Boroush and Kurt A. Boroush; and granddaughter Janice E. Boroush as well as her brother Dr. Thomas G. Stinchcomb, and nephews James, William, David, and Dan Stinchcomb and their wonderful families.

A memorial service was held on September 13, 2014, at First Parish Bridgewater Unitarian Universalist Church.

Memorial donations are encouraged to the Unitarian Universalist History and Heritage Society, 27 Grove St., Scituate MA 02066.

Condolences may be sent to the family via Eric Boroush, #2 Gore St., Boston, MA 02120.

The Rev. Robert D. Botley

uurmapaThe Rev. Robert D. Botley, 84, died March 28, 2008. He served in the US Army Air Corps in World War II, then served Congregational Churches in Sedgwick, CO; Pinedale, WY; and Rapid City, SD. In 1961, he joined the UUA and served the church in San Mateo, CA. He marched with Dr. King in Selma. After a long bout with cancer, Rev. Botley retired early from formal ministry. As his health improved, he started a business, Specialized Yachting Services, then an accounting business. In 1999, the Botleys moved to McKinleyville, CA, joining the UU Fellowship. He loved wilderness, and won awards for his landscape photography. He built a boat and sailed to Mexico and back. He is survived by his wife of 59 years Anna Mae Botley; two children, Steve Botley of Cave Junction, OR, and Becky Blackshaw of New Zealand; and two grandchildren. A service will be held May 31 at Humboldt UU Fellowship in Bayside, CA.

The Rev. Patricia McClellan Bowen

uurmapaThe Rev. Patricia McClellan Bowen, 73, died Sept. 14, 2007. She served congregations in West Paris, ME, South Bend, IN; Framingham, Sharon and Sherborn, MA; Virginia, Portsmouth, NH; and Las Vegas, NV; and was Assistant to the Director of Education and Social Concerns at the UUA, where she created and developed REACH, the Religious Education Clearing House. Surviving are her children Barbara Bowen of Newton and Jonathon Bowen of Spencer, MA. At her request no services were held.

The Rev. Dr. Janet “Jan” Bowering

Janet Bowering

Janet Bowering

The Reverend Dr. Janet “Jan” Bowering, parish minister, religious educator, UU historian, peace and justice activist, devoted minister’s wife, loving mother and grandmother, doll collector, and world traveler, died peacefully on July 17, 2014, surrounded by her family, at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House, in Haverhill, MA; she was 83 years old.

The Rev. Ms. Bowering served congregations in the roles of part-time and full-time minister, and religious education director. For more than a decade, she set aside her own calling and offered her professional skills as a volunteer in her husband’s congregations and within groups serving the larger UU movement. She was passionate about religious education and actively ministered to young people in her own congregations and in the larger UU movement. With her husband and children, she spent many summers at UU camps and institutes, directing work projects and leading youth programs. Equally committed to her community, she worked to establish both a temporary shelter for the homeless and a program to provide a food kitchen for the hungry. Another of her passions was to see new places, and she made use of her vacation and sabbatical time to travel the world.

Janet found particular inspiration in the life and pioneering work of the Rev. Olympia Brown. She was known far and wide for her dramatic portrayal of Olympia Brown’s life and ideas, a presentation that she offered more than forty times. (At the time of this writing, a video record of one such performance was available at

Ms. Bowering was also a mentor to seminarians. The Rev. Holly Baylies, who served an internship at the Haverhill UU Church in 1990, recalls that Jan “taught me the truth about ministry, which was not to be found in the books I had read or the courses taken, but within the mere joy and optimism she expressed in the living of her life, in her service to others. No matter whom she encountered and how grumpy, annoying or difficult the person or circumstance may have been, she always found the right words and somehow, the beauty inherent in each and every individual she encountered. Her sense of the worth and dignity of every person was at the core of her teachings and her living.” Janet summarized this attitude in her conviction that “The church is people. It is not a body of belief, a set of principles, or an impressive structure of stone, wood, and glass.”

Janet Bowering

Janet Bowering

Janet Hartzell was born on December 7, 1930, the only child of Allen Reiff Hartzell and Catharine May Weiser. She was a shy, artistic youngster who loved pets and other animals. With her father, she enjoyed gardening, growing food for the family, and composting. Influenced perhaps by her father, a chemistry professor at St. Lawrence University, Janet developed an interest in science. She created her own experiments, including one which nearly led to the accidental burning of her house. In her late teen years, she came under the mentoring influence of the Rev. Edna Bruner, who served the First Universalist Church, Canton, NY, from 1945 to 1950.

The summer after her high school graduation, Janet’s mother died suddenly; her father died nine months later.

While attending college, Janet felt a call to ministry. She earned a B.A. from St. Lawrence University in 1952 and continued on to seminary, where her future husband, Vinton Bowering, was a year ahead of her. Another classmate, David Pohl, recalls, “While the University had about 1,800 students, the theological school was a small community of about forty. It was inevitable then that Vin and Janet would meet there, [forming a relationship] that [eventually] became a marriage.” In 1953 Vinton completed his B.D from St. Lawrence Theological School and Janet, having studied with Angus MacLean, received the School’s certification as a religious educator. Jan and Vin were married at the First Universalist Church, Canton, New York, on September 5, 1953. After a short honeymoon, they moved to Abington, Mass, where Vinton had been called to the local Universalist congregation (now defunct). Janet continued her studies at Boston University, because, in her words, “Harvard Divinity School had not yet grasped the idea of educating women for the ministry!” The next year Vinton was called to the Outlaw’s Bridge Universalist Church, Seven Springs, North Carolina, where he and Janet were both ordained to the Universalist ministry on January 30, 1955, by the North Carolina Universalist Convention. Shortly thereafter, Janet began serving as part-time minister of the smaller, nearby Universalist Church of Kinston, NC.

The Bowerings’ time in the South, during some of the first steps toward racial desegregation, presented challenges that they readily accepted. In her ministerial odyssey, recalled:

“. . . one time we [Janet and Vinton] took the Seven Springs LRY group [Liberal Religious Youth] to hear [journalist and integration activist] Harry Golden speak in Kinston. We didn’t know, or we would have prepared the kids for non-segregated seating. Fortunately we arrived late, were ushered in to a lecture in progress and sat hastily wherever we could. Afterward we stopped for ice cream, two cars full of young people, and tried to sort out feelings. It was interesting that they mainly didn’t want their parents to know what happened lest they jeopardize their chances to “go places and do things with Mr. and Mrs. Bowrin’.”

Janet Bowering

Janet Bowering

The Rev. Ms. Bowering left the Kinston church in 1959, when Vinton was called to First Parish in Milford, Massachusetts. During this ministry and Vinton’s subsequent call to the First UU Society of Exeter, New Hampshire, in 1967, Janet turned her attention to an active, though unpaid, role assisting her husband in church growth, working in the church school, and preaching when Vinton was away. In this “sabbatical” from her own career, she and Vinton began raising their own children, and Janet worked as a substitute teacher in area schools. Shortly after her husband’s call to the Universalist Unitarian Church of Haverhill, Mass, in 1974, Janet was hired to serve alongside him as the Director of Religious Education; she continued in that position, while also serving as part-time minister at First Parish of Tyngsborough, Mass (1977-79).

In 1979, when the Rev. Vinton Bowering suffered a fatal heart attack, the Haverhill congregation received special permission to bypass a search process and call Janet as their minister. She entered upon that role while caring for her three children as a single parent, serving for seventeen years until her retirement in 1996, when she was named Minister Emerita. In 1997, the Rev. Ms. Bowering served briefly as a visiting minister at Adelaide’s Unitarian Church of South Australia. Her lifelong commitments to the UU movement were honored by Meadville Lombard Theological School with a D.D. in 1998.

Janet Bowering’s ministering reached far beyond the congregations she served, both locally and globally. In 1977 she offered use of the church to the Calvary Baptist Church of Haverhill, MA, after that church had suffered a devastating fire. She later offered her church basement as a shelter for the homeless, a service remaining in place for three years. One Christmas Eve, Janet hand made the candles for the service from wax she had scraped off the pavement during a trip to Warsaw during the Polish uprisings, at great risk to her own safety. In the year following her retirement, she joined a Justice Works team helping to rebuild burned out churches in the southern United States and was credited with single-handedly digging a sewer line for a project in Summerton, South Carolina.

The Rev. Holly Baylies recalls that Jan’s “sense of social justice was strong, unflappable, and at times even comical, as this diminutive, white haired, little old lady, once packed a suitcase full of condoms to take to Romania to protest the lack of birth control practices. Detained by Romanian customs, she somehow managed to keep out of jail by convincing the authorities that she was a harmless minister, and was just following her conscience. Surprisingly, they let her go, condoms and all.”

Ms. Bowering was active in many UU organizations and activities. Prior to Unitarian and Universalist consolidation, she chaired the Camps Study and Evaluation Committee, a joint effort of Universalist and Unitarian women’s groups. She served the Mass Bay Chapter of the UUMA as senior Good Offices team member, Nominating Committee member, and Fall Conference planning committee member; the UU Historical Society as board member and president; the UU Society for Ministerial Relief as First Vice President; the Church of the Larger Fellowship as board member and executive committee member; the UU Women’s Heritage Society as President; and the Continental Board of the UU Women’s Federation. She was the first female member of the ministerial study group, The Fraters of the Wayside Inn, and also held membership with the Cedar Hill Study Group, the Unitarian Universalist Retired Ministers and Partners Association, and the UUA Professional Support Services Committee. She enthusiastically supported and promoted the Clara Barton Camp for over fifty years and served as chair of the Clara Barton Birthplace Committee.

Janet valued her Universalist roots, and found it important to preserve the Universalist legacy. She served the Board of the Universalist Heritage Foundation, the Massachusetts Association of Universalist Women, and the Massachusetts Universalist Convention.

An avid traveler, Janet loved to explore new places and meet new people. She collected foreign dolls, purchased during her travels and given to her by friends and family; Jan could tell the story of each of the more than 100 dolls in the collection, explaining the doll’s origin, its unique meaning, and the reason it had been selected. Jan was also an amateur potter, painter, and naturalist; and she relished time spent with her family at their summer house in rural Maine.

Jan’s family remembers her as “extremely inquisitive,” and “very practical.” One of her daughters, Diana Bowering, describes how her mother was quick to take action upon hearing of a problem, and lived with a mentality of “let’s not talk about it, let’s get down there and do something about it.” Jan was known as extremely hard working and “wasn’t one to sit around.” Diana reports that even after her mother had been hospitalized and was suffering from a wandering mind, Jan said of the hospital stay, “In theory, I don’t think this is the best use of my time.”

Holly Baylies offered these words at Janet’s memorial service: “I could never get over Jan’s bubbly and joyful outlook as she faced each new day, with that indomitable smile that never faded, looking for the good to be found, no matter what she might be facing. I was always in awe of her ability to rush into each day as if was a treat to be alive, and her ability to hold onto all that was good, always truly seeking out the best in people.”

Jan’s surviving family members include children, Dawn Jordan, Diana Bowering, and Alan Bowering, granddaughter, Laura Morley, and great-grandson, William Morley.

A memorial gathering was held on 26 July 2014 in Haverhill. A Celebration of Life took place on 20 September 2014 at the UU Church of Haverhill. A marvelous collection of photos of Janet may be seen at

Memorial donations are encouraged to The Clara Barton Camp, P.O. Box 356 North Oxford, MA 01537 (; Ferry Beach Park Association, 5 Morris Avenue, Saco, ME 04072 (; or Merrimack Valley Hospice of Home Health Foundation, Attn: Tammy Stott, 360 Merrimack Street, Building 9, Lawrence, MA 01843 (

George W. Brandenburg

George Brandenburg

George Brandenburg

George W. Brandenburg, Ph.D., 69, husband of the Rev. Ellen L. Brandenburg, died unexpectedly on Sept. 14, 2013, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, MA. His wife, their children, a cousin, and his minister were with him.
He earned B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from Harvard and held appointments researching and teaching particle physics at the Max Planck Institute in Munich, Germany; Stanford Linear Accelerator Center; and MIT. He directed the High-Energy Physics Laboratory at Harvard until his retirement in 2008. Just prior to his retirement he worked on the Atlas Experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland.

George was an avid sailor, pilot, musician, skier and maritime historian. He was a devoted member of First Church in Salem, Unitarian.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, by their daughter, Anna Brandenburg, of Concord, NH and their son, Peter Brandenburg, and their daughter-in-law, Krisztina Holly, of Los Angeles, and his brother, John Brandenburg, of Maple Grove, MN.

His memorial service was planned for October 12 at First Congregational Society in Salem Unitarian. Donations in his name may be made to the Star Island Family Retreat and Conference Center, 30 Middle St., Portsmouth, NH 03801. Condolences may go to Ellen Brandenburg, 91 Essex St., Salem, MA 01970.

Betty Tschappat Brewer

uurmapaBetty Tschappat Brewer, 74, widow of the Rev. James Brewer, died at home in Tucson, AZ, December 4, 2009. She earned a BA in Business Administration from Lake Forest College, and an RN from Elgin Community College, Elgin, IL. A devoted career nurse in Elgin and Big Rapids, MI, she moved to Tucson, AZ after retirement. Betty enjoyed reading and music. She was an avid traveler and nature lover and a volunteer at Tohono Chul Park. Preceded in death by her first husband, Henry Tschappat, in 2001 and her second husband, Jim Brewer in 2009, she is survived by her daughters, Melanie Coleman and Kathryn Tschappat and her brother, Raymond Vellinga.

The Rev. James C. Brewer

James C. Brewer

James C. Brewer

The Rev. James C. Brewer, 82, died April 28, 2009. A native of Illinois, he served in the US Navy Air Corp, then earned degrees at University of Toledo and Harvard Divinity School. Ordained in Melrose (MA), he was an intern minister with Dr. Howard Thurman at the Church of the Fellowship of All People. He served churches in MA and VA.. At the 1959 GA, Jim received the Holmes-Weatherly Award for his social justice work. He was an outspoken advocate for fair housing and integration. He ‘walked his talk’ to end racial injustice and the hardships of poverty at home and overseas. After working abroad, Jim returned to parish ministry in serving interims in Chicago, IL; Toronto, ON; Portsmouth, NH; and Westport, CT. He served the Asheville (NC) church until his retirement in 1990, when he was named their minister emeritus. He leaves his wife, and children Montie and Amy Brewer and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Barbara; his children Jimmy and Betsy. His second wife, Betty, died December 4, 2009.

The Rev. Gene Bridges

uurmapaThe Rev. Gene Bridges, 78, died Jan. 3, 2008, at his home in Honolulu, HI. A 1959 graduate of Starr King, he was ordained by the UU Association of Tacoma, WA, in 1960, serving there three years. He served the First Unitarian Church of Honolulu, HI from 1962-1970. He then returned to the practice of law, creating The Divorce Clinic to provide low cost legal assistance to persons of limited income. He also owned and operated Bed & Breakfast Honolulu (Statewide), the largest Bed and Breakfast association in Hawaii. According to Mike Young, Gene was a stalwart supporter of civil rights, racial justice, and peace. The Hawaii ACLU’s first phone was on his desk and he had marched in Selma. Surviving Mr. Bridges are his daughter, Beth Eileen Bridges; two sons, Adam and Channing Bridges; and four grandchildren. His wife, Mary Lee Tsuffis, predeceased him in 2003. A memorial service was held Jan.13 at the First Unitarian Church of Honolulu.

Edith Elise Briggs

Elise BriggsEdith Elise Briggs, 89, wife of the Rev. George Briggs, died April 12, 2015, in hospice care in Winston-Salem, NC. She was born June 7, 1925 in Portland, Oregon to Alfred Holman and Edith Wilcox Holman. Elise graduated from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. Her professional career included working with migrant workers in Oregon, working for the USF&G Insurance Company in Portland, and as a librarian in Beaumont, Texas, after she was married.

She married the Rev. George Briggs in 1957 and became a devoted minister’s wife in Methodist churches and then in Unitarian Universalist congregations for the remainder of her life. As her daughter, Irma, was growing up Elise served as a Brownie leader and a Girl Scout Leader. She also led a junior nature club during their time in Pittsfield, Maine.

Elise became interested in genealogy in her 60s and over a 20-year period researched several lines of her family tree and those of her husband’s. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and sewing until she lost much of her vision in later life. Never one to sit by, she started to study Braille when she was 86.

She was predeceased by her parents; her stepfather, Frank Winner, who married her mother when Elise was 10 years old; her sister Marian Strandberg; and her stepsister Carolyn Winner. She is survived by her husband, the Rev. George Briggs; her daughter, Irma Briggs Polster; her son-in-law, Mark Polster; three grandsons; and her extended family.

The family wishes to thank the volunteers and employees at the Danby House, Kate B. Reynolds Hospice, and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Winston-Salem for their kind and loving care. Memorial gifts may be sent to Crisis Control Ministry, 200 East Tenth Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101; Kate B. Reynolds Hospice, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103, or the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Winston-Salem, 4055 Robinhood Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106.

A memorial service was planned for Sunday, June 7 (which would have been her 90th birthday) at the UU Fellowship of Winston-Salem. Notes of remembrance may be sent to George Briggs, 2945 Reynolda Rd., Apt. 226, Winston-Salem, NC 27106.

Anna Louise Brigham

Anna Louise and John W Brigham

Anna Louise and John W Brigham

Anna Louise Brigham, 91, widow of the Rev. John W. Brigham, died May 14, 2007 in Quincy, MA. She received her BS. in German and in counseling from University of Rochester, where she was secretary in the German Department. During the ministries of her husband, they lived in Castine, ME; Billerica, Arlington, and Quincy, MA; Sioux City and Burlington, IA; and Rochester, NY. An avid stamp collector, Anna Louise prepared “Unitarians and Universalists on Stamps,” accessible on the Quincy Unitarian Church Website. She was a member of the Quincy Church, the Women’s Alliance and the Quinsippi Stamp Club. Survivors include three sons, Lawrence Brigham of Morrow, OH; the Rev. Jeremy Brigham of Cedar Rapids, IA; and Daniel Brigham of Canandaigua, NY; six grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. A memorial service was held in Quincy Aug. 18.

The Rev. Dr. John W. Brigham

Anna Louise and John W Brigham

Anna Louise and John W Brigham

The Rev. Dr. John W. Brigham, 89, died January 23, 2004, of complications from congestive heart failure. A native of Concord, MA, he was a graduate of Tufts University, Crane School of Theology and Meadville Lombard. Ordained at First Parish in Concord, MA, he served congregations in Castine, ME; Billerica, MA; Sioux City and Burlington, IA; Rochester, NY; and Quincy, IL. He was field representative for the Stevens Fellowship Committee for the American Unitarian Association and was associate director of the UUA’s Department of Ministry. Upon his retirement, the Unitarian Church of Quincy, and the UU Fellowship at Burlington named him minister emeritus. His concerns centered on social justice. He was president of the Sioux City chapter of the NAACP, and in Quincy he actively supported the Walter Hammond Day Care Center. He also served on the steering committee for the POLIS study program of Quincy University, a program offering educational opportunities to retirees. He was survived by his wife, Anna Louise Dege Brigham, by three sons, Larry, Jeremy, and Daniel, their spouses, six grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

The Rev. Dr. Harry Brobst

Harry Brobst

Harry Brobst

The Rev. Dr. Harry Brobst, 100, died January 13, 2010. He was the last of the founding members of the UU Church of Stillwater, OK, which was organized in 1947. He was a registered psychiatric nurse, and received his BA from Brown University, his MA and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. Following his retirement, after 28 years of service as a faculty member in the Psychology Department at OSU, Harry obtained his MDiv at Phillips Seminary, 1977. He was ordained in 1977 by the UU Church of Stillwater and served the congregation for three years. He was an animal lover and enjoyed working with young people. He was married to Judith Sylvia Heideman, who died 15 years ago. He is survived by his cousins Penni Lee, Amy and William Fallow.

The Rev. Carol Irene Brody

uurmapaThe Rev. Carol Irene Brody died on November 17, 2016 at the age of 88.

She is survived by children Jill (Douglas Bryant), John (Kate), Jim (Kim), and Jane (Chris Jay); grandchildren Maggie Moskall (Brandon), Sam Brody, David Bryant, Matthew Bryant, Lindsie Katz, and Jeremy Katz; and great-grandchildren Lucy and John Paul Moskal.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Planned Parenthood of Central Ohio (part of Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio) and to Clintonville Beechwold Community Resources Center.

A memorial service was planned for December 3, 2016 at First Unitarian Universalist Church, 93 West Weisheimer Road, Columbus, OH 43214.

Notes of condolence can be sent to John Brody at 1894 King Avenue, Columbus, OH 43212.

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

Paul B. Brody

uurmapaPaul B. Brody, 90, husband of the Rev. Carol Yagello Brody, died January 19, 2016. They had been married for 65 years.

Paul was born August 1, 1925. He was a 1943 graduate of South High School, Cleveland, OH, Paul attended Denison University. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1943-1946. On his return from service, he graduated from Western Reserve University in Cleveland. A high point in recent years was participating in an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. in 2010.

He was Sales Manager for A.P. Green Refractories for 35 years and was a long-time member of the American Foundrymen’s Society. He served as Chairman of its Central Ohio Chapter from 1970-72. He was a member of the American Ceramic Society where he held numerous positions throughout the years.

After retirement, Paul spent many happy hours ‘schmoozing’ with all his friends at The McConnell Center, Kroger in Clintonville, favorite Columbus restaurants, Champ Henson’s at the Clintonville Market and visits to past customers. He was a fan of The Ohio State Buckeyes, the Cleveland Indians and UA Golden Bear Baseball. Paul was a proud and devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was a great fellow with a sharp wit, grand sense of humor, friend to many and a man who never, ever, forgot a name or a face. He will be missed.

He is survived by his wife, Carol; children, Jill (Douglas Bryant), John (Kate), Jim (Kim Katz Brody), and Jane (Chris Jay); grandchildren, Maggie Brody Moskal (Brandon), Sam Brody, David Bryant, Matthew Bryant, Lindsie Katz and Jeremy Katz; great-granddaughter, Lucy Moskal; and cousins, Yvonne Lewandowski and Lawrence Kruszewski.

A memorial service was planned for Paul in the early spring. Memorial donations may be made to Honor Flight Columbus ( or Columbus Jazz Arts Group. ( Arrangements by Rutherford-Corbin Funeral Home. To send condolences to the family, please visit

Priscilla Alden Jones Brooks

Priscilla Alden Jones Brooks

Priscilla Alden Jones Brooks

Priscilla Alden Jones Brooks, 84, wife of the Rev. George Gordon Brooks died January 21, 2014, in Port Charlotte, FL. Priscilla was native of Amherst, MA. Early on she was secretary to the Amherst Town Manager, then secretary to the Admissions Officer at Deerfield Academy, and to the Communications Officer at the Massachusetts Council of Churches in Boston. Later she became a teacher’s assistant in the Elyria, OH school system. The work she loved most was as owner of the Wool and Needle Studio in Burlington, IA. She taught knitting at all levels for the night school at Burlington High.

George says Priscilla’s most significant contribution to his ministry was to be his eyes and ears on the congregation. He says “She was the perfect minister’s wife! And she loved it!” She enjoyed retreats at Attleboro, MA and UU in the Pines at Brooksville, FL as well as weeks on Star Island.

She was predeceased by two brothers, Carleton Parker Jones II and the Reverend Robert Edward Jones. She leaves two nephews, Carleton Parker Jones III and Edmund Adams Jones and a niece, Catherine Leete Jones Randall, two grandnieces and a grandnephew, two great-grandnephews, three great-grandnieces, and one on the way. At the time of her death, she was a member of the UU Fellowship of Charlotte County, the Rounders at Maple Leaf Golf and Country Club and the Peace River Harvard Club.

A memorial service took place at the UU Fellowship of Charlotte County. Condolences may go to George Brooks at 2100 Kings Hwy. # 347, Port Charlotte, FL 33980.

The Rev. Dr. Dwight Brown

uurmapaThe Rev. Dr. Dwight Brown, 84, died on October 14, 2012. Rev. Brown was born in Zanesville, OH on November 4, 1927 to Mae and the Rev. O. Dwight Brown. He attained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Oberlin College in 1950. In 1958, he went on to earn a Bachelor of Divinity from Starr King School for the Ministry. He received an honorary Doctor of Sacred Theology from Starr King School for the Ministry in 1971.

Rev. Brown was called to the First Unitarian Church of Trenton, NJ in 1948 (where he was also ordained on October 5, 1958) and served as the minister there until 1961. He was then called to the Unitarian Church of Calgary, Alberta, Canada from 1961-1964. Switching gears, he then became the District Executive of the UUA New York Metropolitan District from 1964-1968. He returned to parish ministry with a long run as minister of the First Unitarian Church in Dallas, TX from 1968-1976. He found himself back in the UUA world with the position of Director of the UUA Office of Ministerial Finances (which is now the UUA Office of Church Staff Finances) from 1976-1978.  In 1978, he returned once again to parish ministry as minister of the First Unitarian Church of Cleveland, OH until 1988. He then became a District Executive of the Southwestern Unitarian Universalist District from 1988-1992. He officially retired from ministry in 1992.

While Rev. Brown was District Executive of the Southwestern Unitarian Universalist District, the district established its first Leadership Experience, a training program for lay leaders. Named after Rev. Brown, the District’s Dwight Brown Leadership Experience is “designed to teach and reinforce skills and abilities for leaders and leaders-to-be in UU congregations.”

Rev. Brown lived a full and accomplished ministerial life. He proudly walked alongside the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King during the march from Selma to Montgomery, AL in 1965. He also boldly and respectfully provided abortion counseling both before the passing of Roe v. Wade and after.

In a sermon delivered at the 1982 UUA General Assembly, entitled “Impersonating the Divine: An Essay in Theological Anthropology,” Rev. Brown notes,

“Human history is MY history. What I am today is linked in a living chain of being with all lives past. I am Socrates, probing the mysteries of the mind. I am Moses, proclaiming the majesty of the moral law. I am Jesus, witnessing to the love which animates the process in which I live and move and have my being. I am Galileo, meditating on the pathways of the stars. I am Johan Sebastian Bach, composing temples of beauty out of the raw stuff of the imagination. I am Susan B. Anthony, proclaiming a new era in human development.

“But what is even more significant is that what I am now, as I participate in the complex patterns of humanness which exist in this moment of time, as I connect with the humanness of others in those myriad currents of meaning and sharing which make up the human network, what I am now is and remains a part of the totality of humanness, which is ongoing, continuing, immortal, so in the most simple and literal way, the humanness which is in me will live on, long after that instant of awareness which I call in me has finally faded.”

Known as a “great intellect who was curious about everything and never stopped learning,” Rev. Brown enjoyed writing, books, computers, sailing, good food, good company, and good conversation. He was especially fond of time spent with his family and friends.

Rev. Brown is survived by his loving wife, Marie E. Brown; daughter, Janet E. Darez; daughter, Deborah L. Brister; daughter, Stephanie L. Murray; son, David A. Brown; sister, Elaine Clum; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his father, the Rev. O. Dwight Brown; mother, Mae Brown; and mother-in-law, Grace V. Wilson.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Hill Country, 960 Barnett St., Kerrville, TX 78028.

Notes of condolence may be sent to Marie E. Brown at 916 Barnett St., Kerrville, TX 78028.

James Cashel Brown

James Cashel Brown

James Cashel Brown

James Cashel Brown, 90, widower of the Rev. Jean Cook Brown, died June 12, 2011. A native of Staten Island, he was an active youth, running a printing business, playing football and becoming an Eagle Scout. He studied advertising at New York University, then served in the US Army, working in broadcasting. He moved to Hartford, CT to work for Frank Sweet’s advertising agency. He worked on national political campaigns, and later became an independent business consultant. James joined The Universalist Church of West Hartford in 1950, beginning a 60-year affiliation. He served as a deacon, a Sunday school teacher and on the Board of Education, as well as numerous committees. In 1965, James met and married the love of his life, Jean Cook. He supported her increasing involvement with the church, which culminated in her becoming their MRE. He loved spending time with his family. He also loved traveling. He stayed active in the community through the condo association and neighborhood redevelopment meetings. He was predeceased by his wife and survived by his children, Christopher, Roger and Bettina Brown. His grandchild, Nicolas, was born six days after his passing.

The Rev. Jean Lyman Cook Brown

Jean Lyman Cook Brown

Jean Lyman Cook Brown

The Rev. Jean Lyman Cook Brown, 73, died August 17, 2010. She earned a BA in economics from CT College and an EdM from the University of Hartford. She taught third grade in Avon, CT, and helped establish the Roaring Brook School. While serving as DRE at the UU Church of West Hartford, she enrolled in an independent study program and graduated, despite many personal challenges. Jean was ordained by the West Hartford church and called to be their first MRE. She was active in the Connecticut Valley District‘s RE Committee and the New England District RE Committee. She served as president of the UUA‘s Sunday School Society. She regularly participated in GAs and confer-ences at Star Island and Ferry Beach. She enjoyed aerobics classes, yearly lobster, painting, reading and hearing the voice of a friend. Jean became Minister of Pastoral Services until she retired and was named minis-ter emerita. She is survived by her husband, James Cashel Brown, two sisters, a sister-in-law and children Christopher, Roger and Bettina Ann Brown.

The Rev. Robert William Brownlie

Robert William Brownlie

Robert William Brownlie

The Rev. Robert William Brownlie, 88, died March 27, 2010. He was a purple heart veteran of WW II. After a successful early career in business, Rob served congregations in ME, MA and MN before moving to Alberta during the Vietnam years. He served the Unitarian Church of Edmonton for 15 years. He was named their minister emeritus. Upon retirement to Kelowna, Rob became well-known as a passionate supporter of civic and cultural organizations. He collected art, and regularly attended theater, concerts and cultural events. He walked 15 km a day and was a well-known figure in his neighborhood. He was an environmentalist with a big heart. Rob is survived by his daughter Pat; sons Peter, Andrew, Richard and their spouses and two grandsons. He was pre-deceased by his youngest son Chris in 1989 and his wife Dorothy in 1971.

The Rev. Dr. Orlanda R. Brugnola

Orlanda Brugnola

Orlanda Brugnola

The Rev. Dr. Orlanda R. Brugnola, whose gentle spirit touched many hundreds of lives through creative artistry, pastoral presence, religious scholarship, committed teaching, tireless work against racism and oppression, and steady dedication to worldwide religion and interfaith dialogue, died unexpectedly on February 24, 2016, at age 69.

In devotion to interfaith cooperation and interreligious peace, Orlanda planned many conferences and programs to encourage dialogue, including the Parliament of the World’s Religions. She served as president of the Institute for the Study of Genocide for nineteen years and was long and deeply active in the International Association of Liberal Religious Women and the International Association for Religious Freedom (IARF). She served on the board of the IARF’s U.S. Chapter and organized workshops for the IARF’s periodic World Congresses.

A talented studio artist who created art for most of her life, Orlanda exhibited photographs, paintings, drawings, and sculpture in many group shows and more than nine solo shows in New York, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts. With over twenty years of curatorial experience and additional interests in poetry and music, she served over twenty years on the Board of Directors of the American Festival of Microtonal Music and six years as president of the Society for the Arts, Religion and Contemporary Culture.

Orlanda Brugnola

Orlanda Brugnola

Orlanda didn’t care much for religious labels, but she often numbered herself among “technicians of the sacred” [Jerome Rothenberg, 1968]. As she explained it, these “are beings who, for one reason or another, seem able to live more fully in the mystery.” Her close friend and ministerial colleague, Doris Hunter, described her as a “Renaissance spirit producing works of art, poetry and creative ideas designed to change the world. Orlanda’s interests were boundless and reflected not only an amazing intellectual ability but also an appreciation for the rich diversity of human culture. Above all, Orlanda was a faithful friend to everyone she met. Her presence spread grace to all who knew her.”

Orlanda Rice Brugnola was born on April 1, 1946 to Anthony Brugnola and Kathrine Schwellenbach. She earned a B.A. in psychology at UC Berkeley in 1966, and a M.Div. from Starr King School for the Ministry in 1979. She received certification in mediation, conflict resolution, and art therapy, and was registered as an art therapist by the American Expressive Therapy Association in 1989. In 1998, Orlanda received a Master of Fine Art in Painting from the City University of New York, and in 2014, a Doctorate in Ministry from New York Theological Seminary.

Ms. Brugnola was ordained to the ministry in 1979 by the First Unitarian (now UU) Church of Berkeley, California, where she served as a ministerial intern. Beginning as an assistant minister to the First Unitarian Congregational Society of Brooklyn, New York in 1981, she held a variety of ministerial positions at that congregation until being named Chaplain Emerita in 2009. She went on to serve interim ministries at the UU Fellowship of Poughkeepsie (2009-11), the UU Congregation of Hudson Valley (2011-12), and the UU Congregation of Queens (2013-14). In 2013 she was appointed an affiliate minister to the Community Church of New York and then church administrator in 2014, holding both positions until her death.

The Rev. Ms. Brugnola served over thirty years in various community ministries. She was employed at Columbia University as both UU Chaplain (1988-2011) and Chaplain for the Arts (1989-96), and at Union Theological Seminary as UU Chaplain (2009-11). For thirty-five years (1981-2016), she held an adjunct assistant professorship in the departments of philosophy and interdisciplinary studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (City University of New York), teaching philosophy and world religions. Through her John Jay connection, she also taught philosophy at the Rikers Island jail complex and at a New York residential drug treatment program. In addition, she spent several years offering courses in ministerial formation and conflict resolution to students at Skidmore College, Union Theological Seminary, and Meadville Lombard Theological School. As a member of Collegium (an association for liberal religious studies), she contributed frequent papers, mostly on the arts in Eastern religions.

Ms. Brugnola worked determinedly to dismantle racism and oppression around the world. From 1991 to 2016, she sat on the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Metro New York District Anti-Racism and Diversity Committee (formally the Racial Concerns Committee), and from 1997 to 2016 she served as an active Board Member of the Clinton Association for a Renewed Environment, an organization seeking to create affordable housing in New York City. She served as co-vice president of Diverse, Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM) from 2013 to 2015. Committed to the betterment of the wider UU movement, Orlanda served on the UUA Commission on Appraisal from 2003 to 2009, and the UUA Board of Review from 2013 to 2016.

Orlanda received many honors for these diverse contributions to ministry, education, social justice, and the arts. She was elected a fellow of the Society for the Arts and Religion & Contemporary Culture in 1993, and she was elected as the Artist-in-Residence for the Henry Street Settlement in 1999-2000 and 2001-2002. From John Jay College she earned a Performance Award for Teaching Faculty in 1999, and recognition for twenty-five years of teaching at the college in 2006. She was recognized for outstanding service by the U.S. Chapter of the IARF in 2006 and received the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc., Business Visionary Award in 2008.

Her dear friend, Janice Marie Johnson, recalled Orlanda as “… one whose deeds spoke of a generosity of spirit that knew no bounds. Orlanda has been a source not only of inspiration, but indeed of transformation. A woman of many gifts, she had an extraordinary understanding of the complexity of the human condition. She defined and demanded excellence. Her gentle yet sharp eyes and her patient yet unyielding ears were meant to bring confidence and surety. Orlanda hoped to shepherd us to our best selves.”

A memorial service was held on Sunday, April 17, 2016 at The Community Church (UU) of New York. Notes of condolence can be sent in care of the Rev. Bruce Southworth, The Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist, 40 East 35th Street, New York 10016.

The Rev. Brigitte Elisabeth Brunhart

uurmapaThe Rev. Brigitte Elisabeth Brunhart, 51, died September 28, 2006. She was born in Germany. She served at the Olmsted UU Fellowship in Olmsted, Ohio, and the Westshore UU Church of Cleveland. She introduced members of the First Unitarian Church of Cleveland to Sufism, and aspects of Goddess worship. She was chaplain at hospice for the Western Reserve, Metro Health Medical Center in Cleveland, Cleveland Clinic Foundation and St. Vincent Charity Hospital. Her partner wrote: “Although she struggled all her adult life against debilitating illness, she pursued a career in ministry with great determination…” She will be mourned by her husband John McBratney and their children Indra and Kumar Brunhart-McBratney.

The Rev. Terry Mark Burke

Terry Burke

Terry Burke

The Reverend Terry Mark Burke — beloved parish minister, devoted husband and father, world traveler, and community servant — died on August 15, 2015, aged 61.

Much of Terry’s travels focused on personal spirituality, justice activism, and religious study: he visited Central America in the 1980s, studied Orthodox churches and their icons in St. Petersburg, Istanbul, the Sinai, and Venice, walked the Camino in 2012 with his daughter Amelia, and went twice to Jerusalem to meet with religious peace workers.

Over 31 years in his one and only parish settlement (1983-2014) at the First Church in Jamaica Plain (UU), the Rev. Mr. Burke “revitalized” the church from a mostly elderly membership of twelve people to its recent and significantly younger constituency of 100+ adults and a children’s enrollment of 22.

Terry Mark Burke was born in Flint, Michigan, on November 12, 1953, to Jack and Virginia Burke.  He discovered the UU congregation in Flint, drawn in his teens by a shared opposition to the Vietnam War.  After earning a B.A. and M.Div. at Harvard, Mr. Burke was ordained by Manhattan’s Fourth Universalist Church, where, in an internship, he “fell in love with parish ministry.”

Terry’s friend and former roommate, acclaimed journalist Chris Hedges, eulogized Terry’s shared ministry with his wife Ellen:

“Terry and Ellen — she played the organ and handled the music — have given 31 years of their lives to this church. . . .  The remarkable intertwining of [their lives] to create a thing of beauty, a thing we cannot see or touch but can only feel and sense, is what ministry is about.  If there is a more meaningful way to spend a life I do not know it.”

Terry is survived by his wife Ellen McGuire, his brother Tim, and three daughters, Willow, Amelia, and Lucyanna.

Donations in Terry’s memory may be made to Samaritans (Samaritans) or to Jobs with Justice (Jobs With Justice).

A memorial service was held at his Jamaica Plain church. Notes of condolence may be sent to Ellen McGuire, 16 Rosecliff St, Roslindale, MA 02131-3525.

Rosemary Morris Burns

Rosemary Morris Burns

Rosemary Morris Burns

Rosemary Morris Burns, 86, wife of the Rev. Carl V. Bretz, died July 6, 2009 due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. A native of Oklahoma she earned degrees at University of Oklahoma, Wellesley College and Augusta College (GA). She also served in the Women’s Army Corps. She was married to David Markland (Mark) Morris and the couple had three sons. Mark died in 1975, soon after the death of their eldest son, David. She then married John H. Burns. That marriage ended in divorce. Rosemary was a psychotherapist until her retirement in the mid 1990’s. A devoted UU for 65 years, she served in many capacities in local churches, wherever she lived, and was a leader in the Thomas Jefferson District of the UUA. She represented TJD as a UUA Trustee briefly in the mid-1970’s. In her leisure time she enjoyed swimming and playing tennis and golf. In 1994, Rosemary married Carl Bretz, whom she had met the year before at SUUSI and with whom she lived happily for the rest of her life. Rosemary is survived by Carl and her sons, Bruce and Charlie Morris, by two grandsons, a daughter-in-law and two stepchildren, a brother-in-law, and two nieces and a nephew.

Lucille Richter Bursch

uurmapaLucille Richter Bursch, 90, life companion of the Rev. Dayton Yoder died November 22, 2006, in Spokane, WA, just three months after her partner died at age 100 in hospice care. The couple enjoyed traveling in their retirement years. She is survived by her daughter, Joanne Cenis.

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Julia Cairns

uurmapaJulia Cairns, widow of the Rev. Fred Cairns, died Dec. 29, 2007 in her late 80’s. Her son Ken said, “She died peacefully at her home with her family around her. She was a great lady.” Anne Orfald wrote: “She was a lovely person who had a good life, and was relatively independent in a residence where she could sleep ’til noon if she wished, enjoyed reading, got around with a walker, could take meals in the dining room when she chose, and was happy that her daughter-in-law was on the staff of the home. According to Charles Eddis, Fred Cairns was a staunch humanist who served congregations in Needham, MA, Madison, WI, and Hamilton, ON.

Robert Louis Campbell

uurmapaRobert Louis Campbell, 85, husband of the Rev. Mary Louise DeWolf, died December 19, 2015 at home in Crystal River, FL, with hospice care. He was born in Port Jervis, NY, the only child of Louis and Elizabeth Strauser Campbell.

He graduated from high school in Poughkeepsie, NY where he ran track and played football. After attending Brown University in Providence, RI for one year, he transferred to Boston University. At BU he was House Manager of the Alpha Chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha, ran track, was a sprinter, and graduated with a BA in Latin American Regional Studies.

He then enlisted in the Marine Corps Officers Candidate School and graduated as a second lieutenant. He was stationed four years as the first platoon leader in an infantry company at Marine Corps Air Station, Kaneohe Bay, HI. He served as the base provost marshal (the equivalent of a county sheriff), defense counsel and trial counsel for special court martial cases, and was responsible for monitoring civilian activities on the base. He was a reconnaissance officer for the First Marine Brigade. As an extra activity, he put together eight-man football contests.

Upon returning home, Bob was hired by Kemper Insurance and became the district manager of the Boston area and the owner of Mutual General Insurance Agency, a brokerage outlet for New England. Bob then joined the E. A. Stevens Insurance Agency as a salesperson specializing in retail and wholesale lumber dealers insurance. During these years he continued serving in the Marine Corps Reserve and retired from the Marines as a major.

Bob moved to Citrus County, Florida in 1991 and continued working for a short while with Baxley Insurance Company. He and his late wife, Nancy Eaton Vent, were charter members of Nature Coast Unitarian Universalists in Lecanto in 1998.
He met Mary Louise in 2000 through the Unitarian Church. She was studying for the UU ministry then and shared a book on grieving with Bob when his wife, Nancy, died.

Bob enjoyed playing golf at Seven Rivers Golf and Country Club in Crystal River, and volunteering with the Citrus County Democratic Party. He is survived by his second wife, Mary Louise DeWolf, whom he married in 2000. Bob is also survived by his son Gifford Campbell, his daughter-in-law, Michele, in Salem, MA; grandson Erric Emerson in Philadelphia; granddaughter, Julie Partington, and great grandchildren, Haven and Harmony Partington, in Maybrook, NY.

A memorial service for Bob was held at Nature Coast Unitarian Universalists, 7633 N. Florida Ave., Citrus Springs on , January 6, 2016.

Notes of remembrance may go to Mary Louise DeWolf, 936 Pompano Ave., Crystal River, FL 34429.

The Rev. Rosemarie Carnarius

uurmapaThe Rev. Rosemarie Carnarius, 76, died on October 10, 2015.

She is survived by her long-time partner Aston Bloom; son, Michael (Karla); daughter, Patricia (Brad); grandchildren, Ian, Christopher, Kristen, Nicole, Michael and Lesley; sister, Karin (Rolf); nephews, nieces, and other relatives in Germany, as well as dear friends in both the United States and abroad.

A memorial service was planned on November 21, 2015 at the UU Church of Tuscon, 4831 E 22nd St, Tucson, AZ 85711.

In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Rosemarie’s life and work can be made to ANERA – American Near East Refugee Aid, 1111 14th St. NW, #400, Washington, DC 22225.

Condolences may be sent to Ms. Aston Bloom, or 88 S. London Station Road, Tucson, AZ 85748.

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

Freda Wolfe Carnes

uurmapaFreda Wolfe Carnes, widow of the Rev. Paul Carnes, third President of the UUA, died September 18, 2004 in Boston. Freda married Paul following World War II, after Carnes’ release as a prisoner of war. They were parents to Paul Nathaniel, Jr., and Molly. Freda was committed to studies in education and child development, which she pursued in Cleveland, OH and Buffalo, NY. In Buffalo, she was assistant professor in the early childhood department of the State College Learning Lab. The Carneses lived in Youngstown, OH; Memphis, TN; Buffalo and Boston, where they moved when Paul was elected UUA president in 1977. Freda is survived by her children and three grandchildren. A service memorial service was held at October 2 at King’s Chapel.

The Rev. Dr. Gaston Marcel Carrier

uurmapaThe Rev. Dr. Gaston Marcel Carrier, 92, died on June 20, 2012. Rev. Carrier was born in Montréal, Québec, Canada on January 14, 1920 to Alfred and Adelina (LaPierre) Carrier. Rev. Carrier attained his Bachelor of Arts degree from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia in 1941. After studies in theology at the Montréal Divinity School and Emmanuel College, he received his B.D. from Meadville Theological School in 1947.  He then went on to earn a Master of Education from the University of Bridgeport, CT in 1959, and a Master of Arts in French Literature from the University of Vermont in 1968. He received an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School in 1973.

Rev. Carrier was ordained by the United Church of Canada in Montreal on September 10, 1943. In the early years of his ministry, he worked at Unitarian churches in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and Cohasset, MA. He then went on to work at the First Grace Universalist Church in Lowell, MA from 1952-1957; and the Universalist Congregation of Danbury, CT from 1957-1961. In 1961, he was called to the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Burlington, VT. He stayed there until his retirement in 1978 when he was also voted Minister Emeritus of the church.

Rev. Carrier was active in the Civil Rights Movement and helped found Planned Parenthood in Burlington, VT. He was a member of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, the Community Council of Greater Burlington, the Burlington Council of Churches, and the Champlain Valley Clergy Association.

A true bibliophile, Rev. Carrier enjoyed adding to his library whenever possible. Throughout his long life, he pursued an abiding love of all things French Canadian including history, literature, language, culture and antiques. A writer, he published a book, Prayers, in 1971; and in 1973, he wrote and published a children’s story entitled Johnny Peanut.

Throughout his ministry (and in all these endeavors), Rev. Carrier was supported by his wife of 64 years, an active Unitarian-Universalist, Mary (Archibald) Carrier. Although Mary had a demanding full-time career of her own, she was the Director of Religious Education at both the Burlington and Danbury churches, and was tremendously active on committees and in the life of both churches, as well as in Lowell. She accompanied Rev. Carrier to General Assembly, and hosted “Thursday Night Suppers” for small groups of parishioners to encourage community and discussion, rotating through the entire congregation and then starting all over again. A true ministerial partner, she supported her husband’s ministry in extraordinary ways throughout his career and their lives together.

In a personal statement, Rev. Carrier once noted that he established his ministry “upon a foundation of personal dedication, utter sincerity, and rich inner resources of a kind and generous spirit.”

Rev. Carrier is survived by daughter, Michèle Carrier; daughter, Natalie Carrier and her husband, David Ackerman; daughter, Jill Carrier and her husband, David Duncan; daughter, Hilarie Terebessy and her husband, David Terebessy; grandchildren, Samuel and Sarah Duncan, and Matthew and Nina Terebessy; his brother, Jean-Paul Carrier; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Mary (Archibald) Carrier.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Rev. Carrier’s memory may be sent to the Committee on Temporary Shelter, P.O. Box 1616, Burlington, VT 05402.

A memorial service, overlooking Lake Champlain, was held on Saturday, September 1, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Bishop Booth Conference Center, 20 Rock Point Circle, Burlington, VT, 05408.

Notes of condolence may be sent to Jill Carrier, 113 Ocean St., Dorchester, MA 02124.

Mary Archibald Carrier

Mary Archibald Carrier

Mary Archibald Carrier

Mary Archibald Carrier, 88, wife of the Rev. Gaston M. Carrier, died September 14, 2008. A native of Lexington MA, she graduated from Acadia University in Nova Scotia and earned credentials as a psychiatric social worker at Simmons School of Social Work in Boston. She worked in Montreal, Chicago and Burlington VT, and volunteered with the UUSC. Never a minister’s wife but always the wife of a minister, she supported her husband’s ministry in a variety of ways. She served as DRE in Burlington VT and Danbury CT and oversaw expansion and revitalization of both RE programs. She also found time to participate in the social life of the churches. She loved the outdoors and will be remembered for decorating the sanctuary with wildflowers and other natural objects. Serving as a founding member of the Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS), was just one of her many contributions to the Burlington Community. She was involved in handicrafts of many types and participated in many juried shows throughout Vermont. After she retired she worked as a guide at the Shelburne Museum.

The Rev. I. Gregg Carter

Gregg Carter

Gregg Carter

The Rev. I. Gregg Carter, parish minister, amateur organist and music lover, and expert calligrapher, died on 20 April 2014 at the age of 85.

Ira Gregg Carter was born 28 February 1929 in Birmingham, Alabama, the only child of Joseph and Lena (Gregory) Carter, but soon moved with his parents to the small town of Amory, Mississippi, where he grew up and attended a Bible-centered church with his mother. After high school he began study at Southwestern College, a small historically Presbyterian school in Memphis.

Gregg Carter

Gregg Carter

Once there, he later recalled, “my childhood faith lasted only a few weeks.” As a quintessential seeker and “constant questioner,” he found his way to the Unitarian church in Memphis, where the Rev. Richard B. Gibbs articulated religious views that “made sense” and provided a “pivotal link” in Mr. Carter’s eventual pursuit of professional ministry. After earning a B.S. in psychology and sociology in 1949 from Southwestern (renamed Rhodes College in 1984), he was a social worker for the Tennessee Department of Welfare and then entered active duty in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Honorably discharged with the rank of corporal, he enrolled at Meadville Lombard Theological School and received his B.D. in 1956.

Gregg Carter was ordained to the Unitarian ministry by the Westminster Congregational Society (Unitarian) in Providence (now in East Greenwich), where he continued serving as minister until 1963. While there, parishioners introduced him to Jane Parrott, an M.A. student in English at the University of Rhode Island in nearby Kingston. They were married in 1961. After a call to the Unitarian Church of Staten Island (1963-68) and a one-year yoked ministry with the Unitarian Church of Sharon and the First Universalist Church of Foxborough (1968-69), he went on to parish settlements at the Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson (1969-74), the UU Church of Greater Lynn (1974-77), and the First Congregational Parish in Kingston (1977-88)—all in Massachusetts.
He concluded his parish career with seven years of interim ministries at the UU Congregation of Fort Wayne, Indiana (1989-91), the Oak Ridge (Tennessee) UU Church (1991-92), the UU Church (now the Unity Temple UU Congregation) in Oak Park, Illinois (1992-93), and the First Universalist Church of Yarmouth, Maine (1994-95). In retirement, he lived in Somerset, Mass, on Cape Cod.

The Rev. Mr. Carter served the UUA and his ministerial colleagues in several capacities. He was a member of the Southern New England Unitarian Council (1957-58), advisor to the Narragansett Federation of Liberal Religious Youth (1957-58), secretary of the Channing Conference of Unitarian Churches (1957-58). president and scribe of the Channing-Murray Unitarian Ministers’ Association (1957-61), board member of the New England Unitarian Ministers’ Association (1957-61), program chair of the Greenfield Study Group of UU Ministers (1962-64), member of the Social Concerns Committee of the Metro NY UU Churches (1966-67), program chair and secretary-treasurer of the Central Massachusetts chapter of the UUMA (1971-72), and treasurer of the Unitarian Sunday School Society (1976-77).

Gregg Carter

Gregg Carter

Mr. Carter was an amateur organist and had a lifelong appreciation for music. He was a talented student of calligraphy and taught several classes on the subject. Additionally, he was fascinated with the history of religion, and was an avid reader. His wife Jane recalls him as “one of the kindest people who ever walked the earth; . . . everyone who knew him felt that way about him.” She remembers him fondly as a “wonderful father” and a gifted minister who was “excellent at extemporaneous prayers and preaching.”

Besides his wife, Gregg Carter is survived by son Scott Barton Carter, daughter Catherine E. Carter, son-in-law Kevin Seward, sister-in law Marcia Akerholm, and many cousins in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Virginia.

In gratitude to the Cape Cod program that has provided ongoing support for Gregg and Jane’s son Scott, who is challenged by autism and epilepsy, the family encourages donations in Gregg Carter’s name and memory to CapeAbilities, 895 Mary Dunn Road, Hyannis, Massachusetts 02601.

Notes of condolence may be sent in care of Jane Carter, 103 Sanford Ave, Somerset, Massachusetts 02726-5209.

The Rev. Jesse Raymond Cavileer

uurmapaThe Rev. Jesse Raymond Cavileer, 87, died June 4, 2004. He held an AB from Syracuse University and and BD from Union Theological Seminary. He served congregations in Cleveland, Ohio; Chicago, IL; Pittsburgh, PA (minister emeritus); Missoula, MN; Glasgow, Scotland. He was active community affairs and chaired the Civil Liberties Clearing House in Cleveland and was on the board of the ACLU in Pittsburgh. He was also active in local antipoverty programs and neighborhood alliances.

The Rev. Helena P. Chapin

uurmapaThe Rev. Helena P. Chapin, 68, died June 21, 2006 in Rochester, NY, of pneumonia. She earned a BA at the University of Michigan, and received an M.Ed. at the University of Maryland. She completed her Minister of Religious Education in the Independent Study Program. She was ordained in 1985 by the North Shore Unitarian of Deerfield, IL, and then served the First Parish of Framingham, MA. She also served Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church in Adelphi, MD, the First Unitarian Society of Schenectady, NY and the First Church in Belmont, MA. She later served the North Shore Unitarian Church in Deerfield, and First Unitarian Church in Rochester, NY, from which she retired. She volunteered for Planned Parenthood, The Susan B. Anthony House, and was an advocate for seniors and animals. Survivors include her children: Edwin, Todd and Leila Chapin. A memorial service was scheduled for July 1 at the UU Church of Canandaigua.

Constance Meta Cheetham

Constance Cheetham

Constance Cheetham

Constance Meta Cheetham, 97, widow of the Rev. Henry Harris Cheetham, died Aug. 1, 2006. She was born in England. In 1953, the Cheethams boarded the QE II for America. She loved life in the U.S., in Newport, RI, Boston, and Charlottesville, VA. She promoted reading among children, managed the gift shop at University of Virginia Medical Center, and spent years helping out at Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church in Charlottesville. For this work she received the Clara Barton Award from the UUA. A lifetime service award was named after her. She is survived by her daughter, Ann C. Colley of Buffalo, New York; and one granddaughter.

Edith Macgregor Christensen

Edith Christensen

Edith Christensen

Edith Macgregor Christensen, 92, widow of the Rev. John Paul Christensen, died June 6, 2010. She earned a BS in biology at Jackson College at Tufts University. She worked as a lab technician in Boston hospitals and in the sanitary engineering department at Harvard. She was a stay-at-home mother to their three children and a minister’s wife for 40 years. She and her husband were part of the organizing meeting for UURMaPA at Petersham, MA in 1985. Her husband died the following year. At his memorial service she took up a collection for UURMaPA and made a generous gift to our association. She was also a member of the UU Community Church of Glen Allen (VA), Eastern Star, World Wildlife Federation and Sierra Club, She was an outspoken environmentalist. She also enjoyed going to concerts and playing Mah Jongg. She was predeceased by her daughter Jeanne Christensen Kelly. She is survived by her children, John P. Christensen, Jr. and Diane Christensen and by her son-in-law and daughter-in-law.

The Rev. Albert Francis Ciarcia

uurmapaThe Rev. Albert Francis Ciarcia, 89, died on Friday, July 26, 2013. He was minister emeritus of the UU Church of Greater Bridgeport (Stratford, CT), which he served for 32 years. He was a tireless advocate for accessibility, and earned a commendation from the governor of CT. He is survived by his wife, Jane Ciarcia, his daughters Holly McCann, Joyce Ciarcia-Levy and his son Christopher.

At the request of the family there will be no further obituary.

The Rev. R. Lanier Clance

uurmapaThe Rev. R. Lanier Clance, 74, died on April 15, 2013. Rev. Clance was born in Jacksonville, FL on December 18, 1938 to Henry and Eloise Clance. He attained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Lynchburg College in 1965. He also earned a Bachelor of Divinity from Lexington Theological Seminary in 1965.

Rev. Clance was ordained at the First Universalist Church in North Olmstead, OH on February 20, 1966. He was called to serve the First Universalist Church (now the Olmstead Unitarian Universalist Congregation) in 1965, and he stayed there until 1974. He then went on to found the First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta, GA in 1976. He continued to serve there (as well as the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Riverdale in Atlanta, GA from 1996-1998) until his retirement in 2001. He was given the honor of being named Minister Emeritus of the First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta in 2001.

Rev. Clance worked hard to uphold peace and justice in his community and beyond. Being a feminist, humanist, and all-around political activist, it comes as no surprise that his beliefs led him to work with the National Organization of Women (N.O.W.), the American Civil Liberties Union (A.C.L.U.), and various other community organizations.

A practitioner of Gestalt and existentialist therapies, Rev. Clance also counseled couples and individuals, and “was a compassionate and forthright companion through his clients’ suffering and joy.”

In 1976, Rev. Clance and eight other people joined together to form the First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta. They would eventually build its membership to 450 members by 1981. As one of the founders, Rev. Clance helped form a congregation which was intentionally diverse, bringing together folks from many different communities and helping them view life through a more expansive and generous lens. “As a speaker and leader, he was known for his spontaneity, honesty, and gift of being present in the moment. His legacy includes both a profound acceptance of others as they were and his dedication to urging his congregants to become more fully themselves.”

In “An Existential Ministry: Theory and Practice,” Rev. Clance speaks on his ministerial approach:

I consider my preaching to be Life-Centered. Intellectual concepts are drawn from philosophy, theology, psychology and other disciplines of study. I do not present lectures on these subjects. I do use these areas of knowledge to illuminate and illustrate my particular responses and reactions to life problems of human existence as well as the joys. I believe such preaching creates a dual response. The initial response is to my particular answers and analysis. A more profound response is created by providing individuals with a few concrete answers which they can accept or reject. Namely, they can then work out their own position or faith. I am personally more excited when an individual states something I said started him thinking about an issue or increased his awareness of his own feelings and ideas than when I hear another repeat what I have said as if it were the truth.

A friend noted, “Lanier will be remembered for his gift of engaging others in opening their spirits to know and celebrate the depth of human experience in each moment.”

Rev. Clance is survived by his life partners, who have both cared for him for the last 40 years, Pauline Rose and Nancy Zumoff.

A memorial service was planned for Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. at the First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta, 470 Candler Park Dr. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta.

Notes of condolence may be sent to Pauline Rose Clance and Nancy Zumoff at 1293 Fairview Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30306.

The Rev. Ronald Eugene Clark

uurmapaThe Rev. Ronald Eugene Clark, 70, died August 16, 2006. He served at May Memorial of Syracuse, NY; the First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City; and First Unitarian Church of Stoneham, MA, where he was named Emeritus Minister. He served the UUA 1976-1985 as Extension Director then as Director of Church Staff Finances. He later founded the Clark School in Danvers, MA, a private elementary school. He is survived by his wife Sharon and his three children: Kevin, Kristen and Jeffery.

The Rev. Robert C. Clarke

uurmapaThe Rev. Robert C. Clarke, 84, died on January 18, 2013. Rev. Clarke was born in Seattle, WA on June 11, 1928 to Ethel (Moore) and Clarence Clarke. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Millikin University in 1960. He then went on to attain a Bachelor of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary in 1963.

Rev. Clarke was ordained on September 20, 1964 at the First Unitarian Society in Exeter, NH, where he also served from 1964-1967. He went on to serve the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, VA from 1967-1977; The First Unitarian Church of Dallas, TX from 1977-1980; the Unitarian Church North in Mequon, WI from 1982-1983; and the First Unitarian Church of Cincinnati, OH from 1983-1991. Rev. Clarke was honored with the title of Minister Emeritus from the First Unitarian Church, and retired from ministry in 1991. In 1996, he helped found the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County in Ephraim, WI.

Committed to his faith, Rev. Clarke lectured at the Star Island Family Conference in 1966; and spoke at the Southwestern Regional Conference in 1979. He was a member of the Holmes-Weatherly Award Committee in 1970 and 1971. He also served as Chairman of the Washington Advisory Committee to the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Department of Social Responsibility in 1967; as well as the Commission on Education for Professional Religious Leadership from 1970-1971.

Rev. Clarke enjoyed football, softball, golf, music, and reading. He was a guest on numerous religious television programs in Chicago, IL, Washington D.C., and Dallas, TX. He also volunteered at the Hadley School for the Blind and counseled prisoners.

Rev. Clarke is survived by his wife of 62 years, Anne; daughter, Betsy; son, Jim; grandchildren Marie and Justin; and great-granddaughter, Ava. He was predeceased by his sister, Helen, and brothers, Jim and Jack.

A memorial concert took place on Sunday, May 19, 2013 3:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County, 10341 Water Street, Ephraim, WI 54211.

Notes of condolence may be sent to Anne Clarke at 10554 Applewood Drive, Sister Bay, WI 54234.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Good Samaritan Society – Scandia Village at 10560 Applewood Rd., Sister Bay, WI 54234; or to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County at P.O. Box 859, Sister Bay, WI 54234.

The Rev. Bruce M. Clary

Bruce Clary

Bruce Clary

The Rev. Bruce M. Clary, 72, died September 15, 2011. He earned his BA from the University of Tulsa and his Bachelor of Divinity from Meadville Lombard. He served churches in Bridgewater, MA; Oklahoma City, OK; Barre, VT; Stoughton, MA; Mentor, OH; and First Church and Dedham, MA, which named him minister emeritus. He served on the UUSC Board, the UUMA Exec, the CLF RE Committee, the LREDA Board, the Ballou Channing District RE Committee, and the Unitarian Sunday School Society. He was listed in Who’s Who in Religion and Who’s Who in America. He had received Special Recognition by the UUSC and had been awarded the Oklahoma Governor’s Award for Community Service. He authored a number of books, including Views from the Iceberg. In retirement his interests included painting, photography, writing, cooking, community theater, antiques, nautical history, and Native American art and rituals. He was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy Clary, in December. He is survived by his son, David Clary, his daughter-in-law, three granddaughters, and his sister, Barbara Clary Martin, and her husband, and by a niece and two nephews.

Dorothy Moore Clary

Dorothy Clary

Dorothy Clary

Dorothy Moore Clary, 82, wife of the Rev. Bruce Clary, died December 23, 2010. She had been a physical education teacher who had a passion for teaching. She enjoyed swimming. During Bruce’s ministry at First Church, Dedham, MA, Dottie was an active member of the Women’s Alliance. Her work on the Alliance board included serving as co- president. She is remembered for helping with mailing the newsletter, networking, greeting and working on the church’s holly fair fundraiser. She supported the Dedham Food Pantry, volunteering many hours on behalf of the congregation. When she turned 80, Dottie was presented with the Clara Barton Award by the First Church (Dedham) Women’s Alliance. She is survived by her brother Charles Moore of Greenfield, MA, by three grandchildren and by her husband of 33 years.

The Rev. Marguerite “Peggy” C. Clason

The Rev. Marguerite “Peggy” C. Clason died on August 29, 2017, at the age of 76.

She is survived by her spouse of 54 years Don Clason; children Eric Clason (Victoria) and Christine Briedie (Mark); and grandchildren Nicholas, Natalie, and Lauren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the UU Society of Cleveland, 2728 Lancashire Rd, Cleveland, OH 44106; to East Shore UU Church, 10848 Chillicothe Rd, Kirtland, OH 44094; and to the Life Care fund of Ohio Living Breckenridge Village.

A memorial service was planned for 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at East Shore UU Church (address above).

Notes of condolence can be sent to Don Clason at 5665 Grace Woods Drive, Unit 209, Willoughby, OH 44094.

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

The Rev. Maurice W. Cobb

Maurice Cobb

Maurice Cobb

 The Rev. Maurice W. Cobb, 97, died on September 10, 2015.

Maurice is survived by his loving and close friend of 40 years, Martha Gottlieb; brother, Lawrence Cobb; nieces, Llynda Bigalow and Susan Engle; nephew, Richard Cobb; nine great nieces and nephews; several great-great nephews; and a host of long-time friends.

A memorial service was planned for October 24, 2015 at the Sanford Unitarian Universalist Church, 5 Lebanon St., Sanford ME 04073.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the charity of your choosing.

Notes of condolence may be sent to Maurice’s brother, Lawrence R. Cobb, 77 Cedar Ridge Dr., Shelburne, VT, 05482; Maurice’s niece,  Llynda C. Bigalow, 77 Cedar Ridge Dr., Shelburne, VT, 05482; and to Martha Gottlieb, 93 Head Tide Road, Whitefield, ME. 04353.

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

The Rev. John M. Coffee, Jr.

uurmapaThe Rev. John M. Coffee, Jr. died on May 8, 2012. He was 83 years old. Rev. Coffee was born in Tacoma, WA on November 20, 1928 to John M. and Lillian S. Coffee. Rev. Coffee attained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University in 1951. He then went on to earn a Bachelor of Sacred Theology and a Master of Sacred Theology from Harvard Divinity School in 1954 and 1956, respectively.

Rev. Coffee was ordained by the First Unitarian Church of Tacoma, WA on August 15, 1954. From there, he was called to the First Church in Roxbury, MA and served as its Minister from 1955-1977. He served the Church of Our Father in East Boston, MA from 1961-1974; and the Benevolent Fraternity of Unitarian Universalist Churches from 1978-1982. As an interim minister, he served at the First Unitarian Church of Providence, RI from 1977-1979. He was Minister Emeritus at the First Unitarian Church in Roxbury from 1977 until the end of his life. He also served as president of the Boston Minister’s Association.

Rev. Coffee taught for 39 years (1966-2005) at Emerson College in Boston, MA. As a longtime faculty member and eventual Professor Emeritus of History, Rev. Coffee was known by colleagues and students, alike, as a “talented storyteller who brought history alive in his classroom.” He was also one of the authors of A Century of Eloquence, a large volume on the his- tory of Emerson College.

Rev. Coffee was an avid collector of transportation tokens. In fact, at the time of his death, he owned the world’s largest collection of transportation tokens. He was the author of several books on the matter including Land Company and Real Estate Tokens, Automobile Washing Tokens, and The Atwood-Coffee Catalogue of United States and Canadian Transportation Tokens.

Rev. Coffee is survived by loving friends, colleagues and students.

Roxanne Catherine Tullsen Cohen

Catherine Cohen

Cathy Cohen

Roxanne Catherine Tullsen Cohen, MD, 69, widow of the Rev. Albert Orlando, died Mar. 5, 2013 of complications from a stroke. She was a renowned obstetrician/gynecologist who served the New Orleans community in private practice for 35 years. Cathy cared for countless women and delivered thousands of babies. She was born May 6, 1943, in Cincinnati and grew up in Scotch Plains, NJ, where she graduated third in her class at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School. She graduated from Bucknell University and studied at The University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

She earned her medical degree from the University of Rochester and completed her internship and residency at The University of Chicago’s Lying-in Hospital. After these years, Cathy said that she would never live in a cold climate again.

Cathy also served as a U.S. Navy medical officer at Camp Lejeune, NC, before joining The Women’s Medical Centers in 1975. She also provided medical expertise at Planned Parenthood of Louisiana.

An active member of the First UU Church of New Orleans, Cathy was married to long-time minister and civil rights leader, the Rev. Albert D’Orlando, until his death in 1998. Cathy was a choir member for many years and also served as President of the Board of Trustees. She supported the ACLU and grew her hair for Locks of Love. She will be remembered for her warm sense of humor, thoughtful conversation, good nature, wisdom, sense of conviction and generosity. Cathy was avid reader, who enjoyed everything from literature to People Magazine.

Her love of classical music was matched only by her dedication to TV sitcoms. Long indifferent to professional sports, after age 60, she developed a passion for the Saints and became fluent in football statistics and knew about every player. She adored her many pet dachshunds and her cats. A faithful correspondent with a penchant for traveling, Cathy maintained life-long friendships around the globe.Cathy is survived by her brother Peter Tullsen (Nancy), niece Barbara Hill (Dan), nephew John Tullsen (Evan Siegel), grandnephew Wesley Hill, and grandniece Alaina Hill. She is also greatly missed by her companion, Nick Napolitano.

Notes of remembrance may go to her nephew: John Tullsen, 3525 North Marshfield Ave., Chicago, IL 60657.

The Rev. Dr. David H. Cole

David Cole

David Cole

The Rev. Dr. David H. Cole, 90, died June 26, 2011 at home in hospice care, after a long illness. A native of Lynn, MA, he graduated from Tufts University and Crane School of Theology. He received an honorary doctorate from Meadville Lombard. He served congregations in MA, IL, MD, OH, CA and NY. He was named minister emeritus by the West Shore Unitarian Church of Rocky River, OH, when he retired there in 1986. A strong proponent of a world community, he was active in the UUSC and the IARF. He was an advocate for Palestinian issues and he helped found the Society for Community Ministries. He enjoyed sailing, carpentry, gardening, tennis, golf and playing bridge or cribbage. He liked meeting with the clergy study group in Sudbury, MA, the Fraters of the Wayside Inn. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Iska (Jurasek-Godsey) Cole and their seven children: Victoria, Steven, Linda, Karen, Cynthia, Kevin and Gloria.

Susan Elizabeth Cooper

Henry and Susan Cooper

Henry and Susan Cooper

Susan Elizabeth Cooper, 90, widow of The Rev. Henry Cooper, died Oct. 17, 2012, In Burlington VT. She was born on Aug. 13, 1922, in Indianapolis, IN, to Ralph Stephenson and Mildred Hill Stephenson. The family lived in Alabama and Washington before settling in Michigan. Susan graduated from Grosse Pointe High School in 1940 and earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Michigan in 1944.

On April 5, 1944, Susan married Henry Cooper following his return from work as an ambulance driver for the American Field Service in the Middle East. His service in the 10th Mountain Division of the U.S. Army took them to bases in Colorado and Iowa. After the war, they moved to Chicago where Henry attended Meadville Theological School at the University of Chicago. His career as a Unitarian minister led them to parishes in eight communities in Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Vermont. Susan participated actively in church activities.

She taught school briefly and took graduate courses at Assumption College in Worcester, Mass. Committed to issues of peace and social justice, she attended the 1963 civil rights march in Washington D.C., participated in the peace movement, and was member of a court diversion board in Springfield. After Henry’s death in 1984, she moved to Burlington where she was active in the Unitarian Universalist Society and the AAUW. She volunteered at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont and met with friends monthly to read plays aloud. During the last three years of her life she participated in a clinical research trial of a drug designed to alter the course of Alzheimer’s disease.

In March 2010, Susan found a peaceful home in the Gardenview unit at the Converse Home in Burlington. She was cared for by gentle, thoughtful people who appreciated her feisty personality, her quirky wit, her remarkable vocabulary, her knowledge of current and historical events, and her concern for the needs of other residents. She was no longer burdened by responsibilities, she was never lonely, and she was engaged in interesting activities. She lived joyfully in the moment, stopping to pick up a fallen leaf, to look at a flower, or to watch a butterfly. Her family is immensely grateful for the refuge which Converse Home provided.

Susan is survived by her daughter, Marga Sproul and her husband, Glenn, of South Burlington; her son, Paul Cooper and his wife, Rebecca Eaton, of Kennebunkport, ME; her daughter, Christine Cooper of Seattle, WA.; her son, Hal Cooper of Moscow, ID; and five grandchildren.

Notes of remembrance may go to Dr. Marga S. Sproul, G-8 Stonehedge Dr., S. Burlington, VT 05403.

The Rev. Max Alden Coots

Max Coots

Max Coots

The Rev. Max Alden Coots, 81, died in at home March 3, 2009 from lymphoma. He served congregations in New York City, Cortland, Canton and Central Square, NY. His longtime friend the Rev. Jack Taylor writes, “In the late 1980s, Max, whose chief avocation was gardening, shared a poem with his congregation as a Thanksgiving meditation. [His poem appeared in the November 2008 Elderberries.] It became a significant experience for thousands of families and individuals.” Max will also be remembered for his wit and his love of puns. He was a US Navy veteran and a graduate of Bucknell College and Columbia University. He was awarded a Doctor of Sacred Theology at Starr King School for the Ministry. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte Ramsay of Canton, three sons, a step-daughter, step-son, five grandchildren and six step-grandsons.

The Rev. Robert L. Cope

uurmapaThe Rev. Robert L. Cope, 81, died September 1, 2004 in Lebanon, NH. He served churches in Princeton, NJ; Henderson, New York City, and Buffalo, NY; and was a professor of religious education at St. Lawrence Theological School. After retiring from the ministry, he was a vice president of sales for a multi-media production company in New York City. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Bateman Cope of Quechee, VT; a son, Christopher R. Cope, of Hartford, CT; and s daughter, Catherine (Cope) Cavalier, of Boston.

The Rev. Alexander Lincoln Craig

Alec Craig

Alec Craig

The Reverend Dr. Alexander Craig, public school educator and administrator, parish minister, gifted counselor, and dedicated servant of the human family, died on July 22, 2014, aged 76.

Alexander Lincoln Craig was born in Boston on October 22, 1937, to Emily and Edward Craig.  Earning a B.Ed. in 1959 and an M.Ed. in 1961, both at Keene State College, he began a 28-year career as an educator, while completing work for an Ed.D. at Syracuse University in 1968.  Focusing mainly on special education, he worked in public school administration, college teaching, residential care, and institutional care, serving school districts in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

Leaving this career at age fifty to pursue interest in Unitarian Universalist ministry, Mr. Craig completed three years of study at Bangor Theological Seminary and was ordained by the First Universalist Church of Sangerville, Maine, in 1990.  After two years of yoked interim ministry with that church and the nearby First Universalist Church of Dexter, he accepted a joint call to settle as their permanent minister and continued with them for another eight years.  Moving on to Florida, the Rev. Mr. Craig served the UU Church of St. Petersburg as co-consulting minister (2001-05) and then the Spirit of Life Unitarian Universalists of Odessa as part time minister (2005-12), meanwhile returning to the St. Petersburg church  as pastoral care minister (2009-12).  He was named Minister Emeritus of both congregations in 2012, but stayed with the Odessa congregation as occasional preacher and pastor for two more years.

Alec Craig

Alec Craig

In the Northeast District of the UUA, Alec Craig served as Chair of Extension and Chair of Adult Activities, Disaster Coordinator for the UU Service Committee, and liaison to students at Bangor Theological Seminary.  Later he served terms as vice-president and president of Florida’s West Central Cluster of UU Congregations.

Volunteer community work was a central commitment of Mr. Craig’s life, as both educator and minister.  In New England, he served as board member and president of the Charlotte White Center (supporting the mentally and physically challenged), on the Fund Raising Committee for Womancare (assisting victims of domestic abuse), and on the Dexter Regional High School Civil Rights team.  He was a member of the Interfaith Alliance and the ACLU, worked for Habitat for Humanity, and taught safe driving courses for the AARP.  In Florida, he worked part time for the Salvation Army.

Alec had a gift for pastoral care and is described by his wife, Penny, as a “humanitarian” who “enjoyed serving people.”  She recalled particularly his devotion to end-of-life pastoral care: “He loved doing funerals, and loved visiting people in nursing homes and hospitals, holding their hands, and making sure their families felt like they were being heard.”

Alec Craig is survived by his wife, Penny Craig; son Geoffrey Craig, daughter Emily Kirk, granddaughters Allora Craig and Hannah Kirk, and brothers Duncan Craig and Edward Craig.

A Scottish Celebration of Life was held in October 2014 in Seminole, Florida, and a second Scottish Celebration of Life was slated for New Hampshire during the summer of 2015.

In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to the American Lung Association, 55 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 1150, Chicago, IL 60601 ( and/or to your local hospice organization.

Notes of condolences may be sent to Penny Craig, 9053 Pinehurst Drive, Seminole, Florida 33777.

The Rev. Joseph Ira Craig

uurmapaThe Rev. Joseph Ira Craig, 82, died June 11, 2009. He was an aerial photographer in the US Army. Ordained a Methodist, he went on to serve Unitarian churches in Norton and Fitchburg, MA and Augusta, ME. He was a librarian at the Augusta Mental Health Institute for more than 20 years. A civil rights activist, he marched from Selma to Montgomery, AL and served on the Maine State Advisory Committee to the US Commission on Civil Rights. He was a member of the Unitarian Historical Society, secretary of the Maine Unitarian Association, and on the Board of Directors of the NE District of the UUMA. He enjoyed reading, theology, history, painting, fencing, and music. He played viola in the Augusta Symphony for many years. Survivors include his daughter, Leslie Flores, and her husband, three stepsons and their spouses, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

The Rev. Dr. John Alexie “Lex” Crane

Lex Crane

Lex Crane

The Reverend Dr. John Alexie “Lex” Crane — long-time parish minister, social activist, and mentor to aspiring colleagues — whose dry and acerbic wit complemented a persona at once gentle and curmudgeonly, died on August 7, 2015, at the age of 93.

Lex was a voracious reader, a talented writer, and an impressive polymath. His children fondly recall his intelligence; his son, Jack, writes: “He developed a love of study, stayed abreast of thinking in literature, the arts, liberal theology, philosophy, and social sciences. This passion coupled with his oratorical skills, made Lex unusually able to communicate the big ideas to folk who didn’t have the leisure or luxury of regular study.” These wide-ranging interests led Lex and his wife Ginny to travel throughout the world, venturing to Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. Especially memorable was a semester in China with Santa Barbara City College in 1989, where they witnessed the student protests at Tiananmen Square in Beijing.

Lex Crane

Lex Crane

The Rev. Mr. Crane became a minor celebrity in 1962 when the fear-mongering agenda of the John Birch Society (then recently founded) came to his attention, and he responded with a prophetic sermon against the organization’s ideology and activities. Shortly thereafter Santa Barbara’s local newspaper ran a special edition with a front page anti-Birch editorial and a reprint of Mr. Crane’s sermon text on the inside. The Associated Press picked up the story, and a CBS-TV crew with newsman Harry Reasoner showed up to film Lex redelivering his sermon from the Santa Barbara pulpit. Although pro-Birch vandals spray-painted a hammer and sickle on the church’s exterior and threw rotten vegetables at the parsonage, the episode eventually contributed to crippling the Birchers’ influence across the country. For his role, John Alexie Crane was awarded an honorary doctorate by Starr King School for the Ministry. His sermon text closed with a reflection of notable empathy:

“We ought to try not to hate them [local Birch activists], be disgusted with them, shout and snarl at them, for this will only drive them deeper into their relation with the group, for there they will find acceptance and confirmation. We ought to be as patient as we can, realizing that the people are doing what they feel they must do. They are as much to be pitied as censured. They are terribly frightened. Everywhere they look they see Communists. They don’t know whom to trust, to depend on. Don’t condemn them. Don’t threaten them. Let them talk about their views. Question them closely. Sometimes just hearing their own words spoken in the presence of someone who is calm and rational will help them to feel their absurdity. Be patient. Be firm. This too will pass, if we are alert and watchful.”

John Alexie Crane was born in Baltimore on January 14, 1922 to John A. and Minnie E. Crane. He was graduated from the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in 1939 and served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945 in both the South Pacific and Europe, suffering severe wounds during the Battle of the Bulge. He returned to earn a B.A. in English in 1949, an M.A. in creative writing in 1950 from Johns Hopkins University, an M.Div. from Starr King School for the Ministry in 1951, and—midway through a long pastorate in Santa Barbara—a second M.A. (in social psychology) from the University of California in 1971, leading to his licensure as a California Marriage and Family Counselor.

Mr. Crane began his career in parish ministry in 1951 with a call to the First Unitarian Church in Vancouver, BC, where he was ordained the next year and served until 1955. He moved on to ministry at the (now UU) Community Church of Park Forest, Illinois (1955-58), the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara, California (1958-77), and the Jefferson Unitarian Church of Golden, Colorado (1977-81). After two years as the UUA’s Director of Ministerial Education (1981-83), the Rev. Mr. Crane returned to the parish with a call to UU Church of Yakima, Washington, serving there until his retirement in 1987, upon which he was named Minister Emeritus. Unwilling to relax his commitment to UU parish service, he spent the next fifteen years of his “retirement” serving interim ministries in Southern California. After a final retirement in 2002, he was voted Minister Emeritus to the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara.

Lex Crane

Lex Crane

In addition to social service and activism outside congregational walls in communities where he served, the Rev. Mr. Crane lent his support to the wider UU movement. He served three terms on the Executive Board of the UUMA (1963-65, 1973-75, and 1991-92), editing the UUMA newsletter during his first term. His passion for ministerial education and personal mentoring was deepened by this experience. He went on to serve as a Trustee of Starr King School for the Ministry (1968-74) and on the faculty and staff of UU leadership schools (1984-87, 1993-95). In 2008 he received the annual Creative Sageing Award of the UU Retired Ministers and Partners Association.

In addition to a booklet “Developing an Extended Family Program” (1972) and a number of articles and scholarly papers, Lex Crane published several books, including Keeping in Touch: Self, Sex and Society (1975), Love, Sex and the Human Condition: Getting a Life (2006), A New Perspective on the Philosophy of UU Religion (2008), and To the Best of My Recollection…a memoir (2012).

Ginny and Lex Crane

Ginny and Lex Crane

Lex’s wife, Virginia (“Ginny”), survived him by only a few months. Other survivors include sons John (“Jack”) Crane III and Douglas L. Crane, step-daughter Claire Beery, step-sons Evan and Eric Blickenstaff, grandchildren Molly and Allie, Alex and Kirra, Willow, Mira and Zoë, John and Alex, and two great-grandchildren. Lex was preceded in death by a son, David L. Crane.

A memorial service was held on November 22, 2015, at the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara. Contributions in Lex’s memory are encouraged to Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara, 1535 Santa Barbara St., Santa Barbara, California 93101 ( Letters of condolence may be sent to Jack Crane, 239 1/2 Olive Ave., Long Beach, CA 9O8O2 or

Virginia (Ginny) Lee Crane

Ginny Crane

Ginny Crane

Virginia (Ginny) Lee Crane, widow of the Rev. John Alexie (Lex) Crane, died of pneumonia on January 23, 2016, just shy of her 93rd birthday. She died peacefully, surrounded by family, following a long life devoted to family, friends, service and travel.

Ginny was born in Elgin, IL on February 7, 1923 to Isaac Newton and Judith Beery Garber. She graduated from Elgin High School and attended Manchester College (Indiana) and Barnard College (NYC). She grew up in the Church of the Brethren, a pacifist faith that fled persecution in Europe and brought her ancestor, Nicholas Beery, to Philadelphia in 1727.

Ginny was married first to Stephen Blickenstaff. They had four children: Claire, Evan, Sarah (died 1953), and Eric. They lived in Falls Church,VA; New York City; Putney, VT; and Pittsburgh, PA; as Steve pursued a career in international education first at the U.S. State Department and later at the Experiment in International Living and the Carnegie Tech Indian Steel Training Program. In 1962, the family moved to India (the place of Steve’s birth and childhood) to continue his education work. They spent nearly five years there living in Ranchi, Bihar and Lucknow, U.P. while the children attended Woodstock boarding school in the Himalayas. In 1968 Ginny and Steve moved to Santa Barbara where Ginny became Executive Secretary of the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara (USSB). Their marriage ended in divorce.

In 1976 Ginny married Rev. John “Lex” Crane, minister of USSB, and became step-mother to Jack, David (died 2004) and Doug Crane. During their 39 years together, Ginny and Lex lived primarily in Santa Barbara, but also in Santa Monica, San Diego and Santa Paula (CA), Golden (CO), Boston (MA), Yakima and Tacoma (WA), and Chandler (AZ) following Lex’s various church ministries. In each location, Ginny was employed in UU-related administrative positions. In 2002 she and Lex moved to the Valle Verde retirement community.

Wherever Ginny lived, she was an avid volunteer and organizer in many liberal social causes. She cared particularly about ending war, promoting peace and justice, and the rights of minorities, women and children. Among her many activities, she provided housing for Hungarian refugees, and did organizational work for UNICEF. She worked with the League of Women Voters. In every election, she provided well-researched and appreciated voting recommendations for her family and friends. She also served the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, USSB Alliance, and the UU Seasoned Seekers. She and Lex were active in the UU Retired Ministers and Partners Association. They shared their memorable Odyssey with UURMaPA Colleagues in April, 2008 at Vallombrosa Retreat Center in Menlo Park, CA.

Ginny’s adventurous spirit led to a passion for travel. She traveled throughout India as well as Europe, Africa, Southeast Asia, Japan, China, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and Cuba. Ginny loved this life, making friends with people throughout the world, learning about their lives, history and customs and adapting easily to life in so many different communities and cultures. Her open-mindedness, organizing skills, good humor, quick wit, gentleness, and warmth endeared her to all who knew her.

Ginny is survived by her children Claire Beery (William Haigwood), Evan Blickenstaff, and Eric Blickenstaff (Cynthia Kasabian); step-sons Jack Crane, Douglas Crane (Lisa Babashoff), and step-daughters-in-law Betsy Wright and Brenda Crane. She is survived by grandchildren Willow Summer (Lew Summer), Mira Rosenthal (Greg Domber) and Zoë Leverant; John and Alex Blickenstaff; Molly Crane Tooley and Allie Crane Corrigan; Lailani Crane; Alex and Kirra Crane and great-grandchildren Tillie and Lulu Domber as well as a beloved niece and nephews.

In early August, 2015, Ginny lost Lex, the love of her life.

The family is grateful for the loving care of the staff at Valle Verde, especially The Grove, and to Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care for their tender support.

Contributions in Ginny’s memory may be made to the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara,the UU Retired Minsters and Partners Assn, or the Valle Verde Fund, Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara (P.O. Box 3620, Santa Barbara CA 93130).

A memorial service was planned for March 20, at 3 pm, at the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara.

Notes of remembrance may be sent to Ginny’s daughter, Claire Beery, 4440 Hillview Way, Rohnert Park, CA 94928.

Drusilla E. Cummins

Drusilla Cummins

Drusilla Cummins

Drusilla E. Cummins, 84, wife of the Rev. John Cummins, died Nov. 29, 2009. A graduate of Mt. Holyoke, Breadloaf School of English and Meadville Lombard, she was an English teacher and drama coach. A long-time advocate for equal rights for women, she served as president of the UUWF, trustee and first vice-moderator of the UUA; District Trustee for Prairie Star and Western Canada, and Meadville Lombard trustee and board chair. She enjoyed theater and symphony concerts. She is survived by her husband and their three children, Carol, Christopher and Clyde. In 1991, Dru and John Cummins received the Annual Award for Distinguished Service to the Cause of Unitarian Universalism, one of the most prestigious awards given by the UUA. In 2000 Dru was award UUWF’s Women in Ministry Award, which she had helped establish in 1974.

Betty M. Curry

uurmapaBetty M. Curry, 86, passed away unexpectedly October 19, 2008. She worked at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN, and later, at the Veterans Administration in Minneapolis, where she worked until her retirement. An active UU, she selflessly dedicated her life to the welfare of others and all creatures great and small. She was preceded in death by three sisters, a former husband of 27 years, the Rev. Vernon Curry. She is survived by a son, Mark Curry of Rochester and daughter, Lynne Morin of Minneapolis. Other survivors include nieces and nephews, as well as many loving friends. A memorial services was held October 23 at the Church of St. Edward Chapel Bloomington, MN. Fr. Michael Tegeder of St. Edward’s and the Rev. Kate Tucker of the First Universalist Church officiated.

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The Rev. Dr. Muriel A. Davies

Muriel Davies

Muriel Davies

The Rev. Dr. Muriel A. Davies, 103, died December 20, 2009. After leaving their native England, she and her husband, the Rev. A. Powell Davies, lived in ME, NJ, and Washington, DC. She was a founder of the River Road Unitarian Church in Bethesda, where she was DRE for 11 years. She served as National Religious Education Consultant for the American Ethical Union and on the UUA Board of Trustees. In 2001 she was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters by Meadville Lombard. In 2006 she was ordained and named a minister emerita of the River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation. She was a founding member of the Sugarloaf Congregation of UUs in Germantown, MD. She was predeceased by husband and her daughter, Gwen Offenbacher, and is survived by her daughter, Bronwyn Gordon, four grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.

Dorothy “Alden” Wright Davis

Dorothy Wright Davis

Dorothy Wright Davis

Dorothy “Alden” Wright Davis, 89, died peacefully March 1, 2016 in Eugene, OR. Her husband and her three children were with her as she died. She was the wife of the Rev. Charles A. Reinhardt. Alden would have turned 90 on July 29.

Born in Bryn Mawr, PA, to Guier Wright and Dorothy Battles Wright on July 29, 1926, Alden was an unabashed intellectual and scholar, traits fostered by her remarkable parents. She grew up with an insatiable curiosity and the conviction that women could do whatever they chose.

In 1947, Alden graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Mount Holyoke College with a degree in geology. While earning her graduate degree at the University of Michigan, she met Robert I. Davis of Meredith, NH, whom she married in 1949. Over the next 36 years, as they raised their family and relocated frequently, their romance and relationship never faltered.

In the 1950s, Alden and Bob lived for several years in Mexico before returning to the US where they lived in rural Pennsylvania, the Missouri Ozarks, suburban Connecticut, and the mountains of Colorado among other places. For Alden, every move was an adventure and an opportunity. So, too, was the rearing of their children, Andrew, Philip and Rebecca. As she watched her own children develop, Alden began working with children with developmental issues, particularly autism. In the 1970s, she earned her second graduate degree, this time in developmental disabilities.

Alden and Bob retired to New Hampshire in the 1970s. In Durham, they built a home that Alden designed and which incorporated their favorite elements from the many houses they’d lived in. After Bob’s death in 1985, Alden began working for the Rev. Bob Karnan at UU Church of Portsmouth, South Church, later becoming a member of the congregation. It was there that she met the Rev. Charles Reinhardt, who was doing an interim ministry there.

They got to know each other well as she helped him sort out a ministerial conflict which was splintering the church. Chuck knew she could be counted on to provide reliable information. Their collegial relationship became deeper and Alden and Chuck married in1997. The couple lived in Newcastle, until 2014, when they moved to Eugene, OR. Her second marriage proved to be as deep and enduring as the first. Alden found the love of her life: twice.

Over many years Alden enjoyed presidential politics, relying on the PBS News Hour. She had no use for commercial television. Instead she and Chuck enjoyed several book clubs and the New York Review of Books.

In 1997 Alden joined Chuck in his home in Sheepscot, Maine. Alden soon joined a local University of Maine Extension group serving local women, working with monthly sessions, and providing transportation for those members who no longer drove. She also joined Chuck in the local Midcoast UU Fellowship as well, notably, in the special effort to rescue the Sheepscot Community Church with new growth.

Chuck and Alden enjoyed Elderhostel programs in Scandinavia. They also visited the Grand Canyon, Greece (with Canadian clergy and UUs, including Alan Deale and Kathleen Hunter, and Chuck Eddis).

As she got older, Alden traveled less, but never lost her intellectual curiosity or her zest for life. Alden approached the many transitions in her life with enthusiasm, curiosity and a Zen-like acceptance of change. Shortly before her death, while reviewing the many moves she’d made, she noted, “there’s just one more move I have to make.”

She always said her proudest accomplishment was to raise three kids into adults whom she not only loved but liked. Her pride in her children was evident to all who knew her.

Alden is survived by her husband; her children; granddaughter, Leah; great-grandchildren, Elias and Astrid Alden; sister, Patricia Hume; and numerous nieces, nephews, stepchildren and grandchildren.

Sympathy notes may be sent to: Chuck Reinhardt, 65 W 30th Ave., #3403, Eugene, OR 97405.

The Rev. Robert L. “Rel” Davis

Rel Davis

Rel Davis

The Rev. Robert L. (Rel) Davis, 75, died Nov. 1, 2011. A native of Gainesville, TX, he was the son of the first Baptist missionary to the Sioux. He graduated from Wayland University, Plainview, TX, and continued with graduate work at the University of Montana. He was ordained by the Unitarian Fellowship of South Florida and served as their minister for 30 years. Prior to that, he had served as assistant minister of the UU Church of Fort Lauderdale. Later in life he became interested in genealogy. He first published his father’s memoirs of some 400 pages, inserting not only photos into the text but also newspaper articles and other material. In recent years he had collected records on his family going back to the 1600’s. He also helped his wife, Edith Sloan, research her family and from this work they published two volumes of 750 pages. His latest hobby had been publishing books for family and friends. He used a POD publisher on the web via “Lulu.” He put in long hours and got good results. At the time of Rel’s death, he and Edith were planning to do further research on her family tree. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, a brother and a sister.

The Rev. Julie Denny-Hughes

uurmapaThe Rev. Julie Denny-Hughes, 70, died on October 14, 2016.

She is survived by her daughter Suzannah Wilson Overholt (Tony); son Phillip Earl Wilson Jr. (Suzanne); grandchildren Max Overholt, Elise Overholt, Helen Overholt, Meghan Wilson, and Melanie Wilson; brother Marc Denny (Mayme Jo) and sister Marian “Susie” Rumsey (Guy); and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents Morris Duane “Beanie” Denny and Helen Olive Pentzer Denny, and by her brother John L. Denny. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Southern Poverty Law Center or theAlzheimer’s Association

A memorial service was planned for Saturday, October 22, 2016 at the First Christian Church, 1101 15th St., Bedford, IN 47421. 

Notes of condolence can be sent to Suzannah Overholt, 635 E. 84th St., Indianapolis, IN 46240.

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

Barbara Mosher DeWolfe

Barbara DeWolfe

Barbara DeWolfe

Barbara Mosher DeWolfe, 87, died Sunday May 8, 2016, after a brief illness. She was the widow of Rev. William A. “Bill” DeWolfe.

Barbara was the center her family’s life. She was known for her love of knitting, gardening, cribbage and bridge. She was born in Brewer, Maine, on March 3, 1929, and was raised in Bangor. Barb met the love of her life, Bill, at Ferry Beach in 1945, and their journey through life together included stops in Massachusetts, Texas, Missouri and Ohio. She and Bill retired to Damariscotta in 1996 and moved to Granite Hill in 2007. They built a large extended family throughout their travels in life and her loss will be felt widely and deeply.

Her dedication to the Unitarian Universalist faith was demonstrated throughout her life. She advocated for peace, human rights, civil rights, and women’s rights through her work with the church and in the community. She was among the first certified Directors of Religious Education in the UUA and was very active at the denominational level in curriculum development. Barbara and Bill’s dedication to Ferry Beach Park Association, the Unitarian Universalist conference center in Saco, included many years as conference leaders for youth and family programs and culminated with their lead donation for the construction of the DeWolfe Dining Hall in 2011.

She attended Jackson College and received her AB in 1950. Barbara always said that she never knew what she wanted to be in her professional life, but worked in public education, religious education, fair housing, community development, real estate, and hospital volunteer management while she waited to figure it out.

She is survived by her sons: Rick (Hillary) of Towson, Md., and Paul (Ellen) of Missoula, Mont.; four grandchildren: Abby DeWolfe (Seth) of Kensington, Md.; Reid DeWolfe (Courtney) of Somerville, Mass.; Jack DeWolfe of Barre, Vt., and Emily DeWolfe of Portland, Ore.; and two great-grandchildren, Sebastian and Madeline Patch of Kensington, Md.

Barbara was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, William A. (Bill) DeWolfe, and her oldest son Mark Mosher DeWolfe.

The family requests donations in her memory be made to the Ferry Beach Park Association,
5 Morris Avenue, Saco, ME 04072

The Rev. Bill DeWolfe

Bill DeWolfe

Bill DeWolfe

The Rev. Bill DeWolfe, long-time parish minister, UUA regional leader, steadfast activist for civil rights and justice, and devoted husband, father, and grandfather, died at age 87 on 29 October 2014, after suffering a heart attack earlier while watching the World Series.

Bill DeWolfe was widely known, admired, and loved by colleagues, especially during his many years in district and interdistrict service. He was “a minister to ministers, always with a keen eye to what was needed to bring insight and healing,” said the Rev. Bill Hamilton-Holway. A younger colleague, seminarian Claire Curole, writes that she “will remember him for his sense of hope, humor and the historical perspective he brought to our visioning conversations.”

William A. DeWolfe was born in Boston on 21 August 1927 to John Campbell Gordon DeWolfe and Miriam Elbridge Ford DeWolfe. After graduation from Medford high school, he enrolled at Tufts but deferred his study there for service in the U.S. Army (1945-1947). Returning to Tufts, Bill spent much of his summer time at the Universalist retreat center at Ferry Beach, where he met Barbara Louise Mosher of Bangor, also a Tufts student. They were married in 1949, and he was graduated with an AB in government in 1950. He went on for ministerial study at Harvard, served a student ministry at the Assinippi Universalist church, was ordained to Universalist ministry in 1952, and completed his STB from Harvard in 1953.

The Rev. Mr. DeWolfe accepted parish settlements at the First Universalist Society of Wakefield, Mass (1953-1955), at First Parish Universalist of Stoughton, Mass (1956-1960), and then at the 16 Acres Unitarian Universalist Church of Springfield, Mass (1960-1964), meanwhile earning an M.Ed. from Springfield College in 1963. He went on to serve the First Unitarian Church of San Antonio (1964-1970) and then the First Unitarian Church of St. Louis (1970-1973). After these parish ministries, Mr. DeWolfe turned to administrative work as UUA Interdistrict Representative to the Eastern Great Lakes Area (1973-1985) and as District Executive for Central Massachusetts and the Connecticut Valley (1986-1992).

The Rev. Art Severance, who served the San Antonio congregation (1991-2007), some years after Mr. DeWolfe’s tenure there, offered the following reminscence:

Bill was one of my predecessors in San Antonio; he liked to say “the only one who left voluntarily.” … His favorite San Antonio story was a time when he was president of the local ACLU and went down to the local jail to get Austin-based Madalyn Murray O’Hair out on bond after she had been arrested for some local speech on atheism. Madalyn saw him coming, and said, “Oh, Bill, thank God you’re here. I was getting worried no one would bail me out.”

Deeply devoted to the larger UU movement at many levels over the years, Bill DeWolfe first went to Ferry Beach at age 15, and later worked there as a crew member, staff member, and institute leader, as well as later at Star Island, Rowe, Lake Murray, and Ohio-Meadville Summer Institutes. He belonged to the Fraters of the Wayside Inn and the Cedar Hill Study Group, founded the Eastern Great Lakes Leadership School, served on the boards of the Connecticut Valley and Northern New England Districts, the UUMA, and as president of the Universalist Historical Society (1958-1964) and the UU Retired Ministers and Partners Association. In 2013 he received the Northern New England District UUA Leadership Award, given annually to one “who has contributed the most to the well-being and health of the District.” District president Sue Buckholz, in presenting the award, said, “When Bill’s name came up, that was the end of the discussion.”

Mr. DeWolfe advocated for civil action and justice and was very devoted to Planned Parenthood. His Rotary Club membership led him to active local service in all the communities where his parish career took him. He was instrumental in the founding of the Texas American Civil Liberties Union and served on the ACLU’s national board of directors. After retirement to Maine, Bill and Barbara lived in Damariscotta where they were active members of the Rockland UU church, and later moved to Granite Hills Estates (retirement home) in Hollowell, becoming active in the Augusta UU church and in the Augusta Senior College. During these years, Bill did occasional guest preaching, especially at the Midcoast UU Fellowship at its former meeting location in Edgecomb.

Bill enjoyed family trips and his wife, Barbara, fondly remembers camping throughout the United States with him and their young children. He was “a wonderful husband and father,” she wrote. “One of the things I appreciated about Bill was that even in the days before women’s lib, he was always urging me to follow my career as much as I wanted to. He would readily take care of the kids while I went off to work.” In later life he continued the pleasure of spending time with his children and grandchildren, and of following sports, particularly the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins.

Bill DeWolfe is survived by his wife Barbara, sons Richard and Paul, grandchildren Reid, Jack, Abby, and Emily, and great grandchildren, Sebastian and Madeline. Another son, the Rev. Mark Mosher DeWolfe, died in 1988.

A memorial service for Bill DeWolfe was held on 21 November 2014. at the UU Community Church of Augusta, Maine. Notes of condolences may be sent to Barbara DeWolfe, 4 Hickory Lane, Augusta, ME 04330.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts are encouraged to the Ferry Beach Park Association, 5 Morris Avenue, Saco, Maine 04072 or to the Unitarian Universalist Retired Ministers and Partners Assn., c/o Joel Weaver, Treasurer, 535 Gradyville Rd. Unit V212, Newtown Square, Penn. 19073.

Helen Hersey Dick

Helen Dick

Helen Dick

Helen Hersey Dick, 89, wife of the Rev. Robert T. Dick, died March 7, 2008 in Foxboro, MA. Her father was Universalist minister Harry Adams. She graduated from Jackson College (Tufts) and did graduate work at Crane. She was a leader for the Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, League of Women Voters, the NAACP, Food Co-ops, and to local UU churches which her husband served: Bristol NY; Lyons OH; West Hartford CT; Belpre OH; South Acton MA; Springfield and Chester Depot VT; Elkhart IN. Helen was an officer of the UU Peace Fellowship, and edited its newsletter. She served on the UURMaPA Board overseeing the Caring Network. In 1975, she was named Vermont Mother of the Year. Helen marched in Selma in 1965. In 1986 the UU Church of Springfield VT, named her minister emerita. She accompanied the Springfield Community Chorus and taught piano. She is survived by her husband of 65 years; two sons, Nathan Dick of Estes Park CO; and Jeffrey Taft-Dick of Niger, West Africa; a daughter, Noreen Redd of San Diego CA; and three grandchildren.

The Rev. Robert T. “Bob” Dick

Robert and Helen Dick

Bob and Helen Dick, 1988

The Rev. Robert T. “Bob” Dick, gentle parish minister, lifelong pacifist, advocate for racial justice, and active volunteer for community service in retirement, died peacefully and in comfort at age 97 on May 31, 2014, at the Doolittle Home in Foxboro, Mass, where he had resided since 1994.

Although he was a student at Tufts’ Crane School of Religion in the early 1940s, Mr. Dick waived his wartime theological exemption and served as a conscientious objector in Civilian Public Service units for four years in New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York, working in forestry, on ward duty in mental hospitals, and as a subject in experiments in nutrition, high altitude, heat, and dehydration at the University of Rochester Medical School in New York. In later years he edited a booklet, Guinea Pigs for Peace: The Story of C.P.S. 115-R (1943–1946), about those experiments.

Robert Tyrrell Dick was born in Stockton, Illinois, on 17 December 1916, one of six children of Joseph R. Dick and Alma Tyrrell Dick. After his mother’s death when he was seven, Bob was raised primarily by an older sister. He attended the local Universalist church as a child and later told his son Jeff that “if it were not for the encouragement and support of the ‘ladies of the Universalist church’ he would not have gone to college nor into the ministry.” He was graduated from Stockton High School in 1935, where his fellow students elected him senior class president and foresaw his future career, in the school yearbook, as “President of the United States.” After thirteen months in the Civilian Conservation Corps in Idaho and Oregon, Mr. Dick attended the University of Dubuque (Iowa) for a time before going on to earn an AB degree from Tufts University in 1942. While on the summer work crew at Ferry Beach in the late 1930s, he met fellow crew member Helen Hersey, also a Crane student at Tufts and the daughter of Universalist minister Harry Adams Hersey. In 1943 they were married in Helen’s home town of Danbury, Conn. After finishing his wartime service, Bob returned to ministerial study, receiving his BD degree from Colgate-Rochester Divinity School in 1948.

Robert Dick

Bob Dick

Over the next thirty-six years, Mr. Dick went on to serve Universalist and UU parishes in the East and Midwest, first at the Universalist Church (now United Church–UCC) of Bristol, New York (1948-51), where he was ordained, as he recalls, “to the Christian ministry” on September 19, 1948. After three years there, he moved to the First Universalist Church of Lyons, Ohio (1951-57) and then back east as associate minister to the Universalist Church of West Hartford, Conn. (1957-59). He returned to Ohio to serve a circuit of Universalist churches in Belpre, Frost, and Little Hocking (1959-64), and then headed east once again to the ministry of the Universalist Church of South Acton (now the First Parish Church of Stow and Acton), Massachusetts (1964-67). A yoked ministry to the Universalist churches of Springfield (now UU) and Chester Depot in Vermont (1967-76) was followed by a call to the UU Fellowship of Elkhart, Indiana, where he served until retirement in 1984 and was designated minister emeritus.

In support to ministerial colleagues and the wider UU movement, Mr. Dick served on the board of the UU Service Committee, as a Good Officer in the NH/VT chapter of the UUMA, and as advisor to the Erie Shore Federation of Religious Youth.

In 1986, Bob and Helen moved back to Springfield, Vermont, and joined the UU congregation there where he had earlier served as minister. Two years later, in 1988, on the 40th anniversary of his ordination, the Springfield congregation also named him their own Minister Emeritus. In retirement, Bob became active as a hospice volunteer and in the local work of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), was a member of Springfield’s Senior Center Advisory Board, and had a leading role in the formation of a Vermont Chapter of the United Nations Association of the USA, serving on its board.

In his steady and faithful concern for peace, racial justice, and many other progressive social causes, the Rev. Mr. Dick was a fifty-year member of the interfaith peace organization, Fellowship of Reconciliation, a life member of the NAACP, and a charter member of Common Cause. In 1981 he was honored with the Adin Ballou Peace Award of the Unitarian Universalist Peace Fellowship. His and Helen’s work for peace lighted a path for others. Sandy and John Zinn, for example, recalled that they “got to know Bob & Helen in Elkhart from their involvement in local peace efforts. We were not members of [the UU Fellowship of Elkhart] at the time, but it was partly from their witness that we later joined. They lived their beliefs.”

Robert Dick

Bob Dick with Family

In 1994 Bob and Helen moved to the Doolittle Home in Foxboro, Mass, and joined the Foxboro Universalist Church (UU). Helen died in 2008 after 65 years of marriage, but Bob continued to enjoy visits at the Doolittle Home from groups of local children.

Bob is survived by sons Nathan Dick of Estes Park Colorado, and Jeffrey Taft-Dick of Springfield, Vermont, a daughter Noreen Redd of San Diego, and grandchildren Jonathan, Joya and Philip Taft-Dick.

In lieu of a formal memorial service, Robert Dick’s life was remembered and honored as part of the Elkhart Fellowship’s annual Founders Day service on October 5, 2014, conducted by their minster, the Rev. Amy Kulesza DeBeck.

Mr. Dick’s ashes are buried alongside those of his late wife Helen in the Ladies Union Cemetery, Stockton, Illinois. Memorial gifts are encouraged either to the Doolittle Home, 16 Bird St., Foxboro, Mass. 02035, or to the UURMaPA Endowment Fund, c/o Paul L’Herrou, treasurer, UU Retired Ministers and Partners Association, 38 Kimball Avenue, #12, Ipswich, Mass. 01938.

Bette J. Dom

uurmapaBette J. Dom, 76, widow of the Rev. Jesse Dom, died unexpectedly August 10, 2008. She has been living for ten years in Freedom Village in Homewood, IL. She and her husband served churches in Monroe, WI; Fall River, MA; and Brooklyn, NY. She is survived by her brother and niece Elmer and Linda LaChapelle of Shaumburg, IL a nephew, five great nieces and nephews, and five great-great nieces and nephews.

Harriette W. Domas

uurmapaHarriette W. Domas, 91, widow of Rev. Isaiah Jonathan Domas, died May 15, 2005 at an assisted living center in Ukiah, CA. She taught social work, including group work skills at Atlanta University. She also taught visual arts at the university level and had several paintings commissioned in Erie, PA. Her last job was as director of volunteers in a mental hospital in Tucson AZ; The couple served churches in North Adams, MA; Atlanta, GA; Erie, PA, and Lincoln, NE. An avid reader and writer, Harriette was living alone, studying Josephus’ History of the Jews and reading the New Yorker until age 85. She was very alert until the end of her life. Surviving are a daughter, Claudia Reed; two sisters, Deborah Gilman of Newton, MA, and Charlotte Selling of Tucson; a grandson and two great-granddaughters.

The Rev. Robert M. Doss

uurmapaThe Rev. Robert M. Doss died on February 12, 2016.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Margaret W. Doss; his daughter, Katherine D. Briggs (Michael); his son, Kenneth M. Doss (Alicia); his brothers, James V. Doss, and Thomas L. Doss; his sister-in-law, Norma Doss; and his grandchildren, Dustin Briggs, Heather Patel, Sara Briggs, Dylan Briggs and Keeleigh Doss. He was preceded in death by his parents James and Sarah Doss, and his brother William H. Doss.

A celebration of his life will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, February 20th at the First Unitarian Church of Wilmington, 730 Halstead Road, Wilmington, DE 19803.

 In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the First Unitarian Church of Wilmington, DE (

Condolences may be sent to Peggy Doss, Ken Doss, and Kathy Briggs at 112 Wynwood Drive, Wilmington, DE 19810-4428.

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

The Rev. Richard F. Drinon

Richard Drinon

Richard Drinon

The Rev. Richard F. Drinon, 76, died October 12, 2008. He had served the Hopedale Unitarian Parish in MA since 1998. A graduate of Tufts University, St. Lawrence University and Syracuse University, he also served UU churches in Palmer, MA; Saco, ME; Wausau, WI; Woodstock, VT; and Carlisle, MA. And he served as executive director for Ferry Beach. He spent several years traveling the world assisting in humanitarian and social action programs. He is survived by his daughter Sarah Drinon of Somerville, MA

Robert Cameron Duncan

Bob Duncan

Bob Duncan

Robert Cameron Duncan, 71, husband of the Rev. Lucinda Duncan, died October 21, 2013 at his home in Concord, MA. After beginning his career as a teacher in the Lincoln (MA) public schools, Bob was hired by the Fenn School in Concord as teacher, coach, head of the Lower School, and assistant headmaster for 29 years.

A native of Concord, he graduated from Lawrence University in Wisconsin, and from Tufts University with a M.Ed. Bob and Lucinda also served as a Peace Corps volunteers, building one-room schools in rural Honduras.

Bob was a lifelong sailor, who relished summers on sailboats off the coast of Maine. He loved serving as the Fenn School “band aide” and marching alongside the Fenn School Marching Band in Concord’s annual Patriots Day Parade.

Bob wrote the last edition of The Cruising Guide to the New England Coast, following several decades of authorship by his father and grandfather. Bob earned his captain’s license and for many years assisted his father and later his son, Alec, in taking passengers for hire aboard their 32-foot Friendship sloop, “Eastward,” in Boothbay Harbor.

He is survived by his wife, Lucinda; his twin brother, William Duncan and sister-in-law, Lizbeth, of Burke, VA; brother, John Duncan (Carol), of Charlotte, NC; sons, Roger Duncan (Martina), of Bath, ME; Ritch Duncan (Rachel), of New York City; and Alec Duncan of Denver, CO. He is also survived by two granddaughters.

Condolences may be sent to Lucinda Duncan, 76 Upland Road, Concord, MA 01742.

Phyllis W. Dunlap

Phyllis Dunlap

Phyllis Dunlap

Phyllis W. Dunlap, 85, wife of the Rev. Lewis Dunlap, died December 12, 2015 in Denver, CO. She was diagnosed with ALS in March 2015, then had a stroke at the end of November.

Phyllis May Wheeler was born in Palo Alto, CA on September 17, 1930 to Oliver and Ethel (Raymond) Wheeler. She graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1948, marrying William Dolan in 1952. They had four children. Bill was a geophysicist with a mining company, and his work took them all over the world; for a time they lived in Cyprus and later Canada, eventually retiring in Denver. The couple divorced in 1980.

After her divorce, she attained an AA degree in Medical Technology from Red Rocks Community College in Colorado, and began working as an X-ray technician for a dentist. Subsequently she volunteered at the American Cancer Society’s Thrift Shop, providing a positive presence there. At home she liked to sew and make clothes for her family.

Phyllis and her second husband, the Reverend Lewis Dunlap attended First Universalist Society in Denver without meeting each other for years. Eventually sitting next to each other at a Sunday Lunch Bunch event, they conversed and began dating, marrying in 1989. They bonded over the game of bridge, continuing to play duplicate and regular bridge throughout their marriage. Phyllis opened their home to a weekly Thursday night bridge game that survives her death.

Phyllis Dunlap

Phyllis Dunlap

She liked to travel and once joined Lew when his choir toured Russia and the Scandinavian countries. Back in the States they enjoyed camping, first in tents and then in a fifth-wheel rig.

She enjoyed English mysteries and loved to read them at home and at her family cabin on Silver Lake in Northern Colorado. (She was a child when her family built the place, tenting there while they built the cabin.) The family was there this past August for what they thought might be her last visit there. They now treasure that visit.

Lew remembers her as a highly intelligent woman affected by dyslexia, a calm and soothing presence, and “the most companionable woman in my life.”

She is survived by her husband, her sister Jean Whitley, four children, one grandson, and a host of friends.

A memorial service was held Monday, February 8, 2016 at First Universalist Church of Denver. Condolences may be sent to Lew Dunlap, 2021 S. Dayton Ct., Denver, CO 80247.

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The Rev. Ora Wilbert Eads

uurmapaThe Rev. Ora Wilbert Eads, 94, died September 5, 2008 following a lingering illness. Sixty years ago when his children were toddlers, he served the First Universalist Church of Sampson County at Red Hill in Clinton, NC. After several years of parish ministry, his failing eyesight caused him to leave his church. He then offered mail order Bible correspondence courses, so that he could support his family. Throughout his life, his passion was writing poetry. He was a prolific writer, who won critical acclaim for his work. He also enjoyed walking, which inspired his poetry. He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Ivaree Cochran Eads in 1999. He is survived by his five children: Ora W. Eads, Jr. of Nashville, TN; Wayne B. Eads of Chapel Hill, NC; Carol Ball of Williamsburg, KY; Janice and Janet Eads (twins) also of Williamsburg and five grandchildren.

Geraldine Dixon Eddy

Geraldine Eddy

Geraldine Eddy

Geraldine Dixon Eddy, 84, the wife of the Reverend Robert M. Eddy, passed away April 22, 2017. Though she had survived many life-threatening medical emergencies, she always found a way to regain her vitality, and remained active all her life.

Born October 9, 1932 in Montgomery, Alabama, Gerry had earned a BA in 1952 from Wesleyan College, with a double major in Theatre and English Literature. She later earned an MA in library science from the University of Michigan. She was a school librarian until 1993 serving schools in Detroit, Michigan; Bought Hills, NY; and for 20 years in Aurora, Colorado.

In 1954 Gerry married Robert Miles Eddy, who was a student at Drew Seminary. In 1956, they moved to North Creek, New York, where Bob served the Methodist Church, and their first child, Lee, was born. In 1958 they moved to Dayton, Ohio where Bob worked for the American Friends Service Committee, on special assignment. Their second daughter Pam and their son Miles were born in Dayton. Bob became a Unitarian Universalist minister in 1963 and their family moved as he served churches in Farmington, MI; Schenectady, NY; and Denver, CO.

Gerry retired in 1993 and traveled with Bob as he served interim ministries in Indianapolis, Indiana; Adelaide, Australia; Denver, CO; and Pensacola, FL. In 2001 they returned to Pensacola, where he served as part time minister until 2005.

They traveled extensively, including one 14-month trip around the world and four years living full-time in an RV. Her curiosity led her to explore many subjects including fossils, geology, flowers, birds, Spanish, and cosmology. She loved assembling crossword puzzles, reading mystery novels, skiing, and music. Biking had a special place in Gerry’s heart. She once said that she felt most truly herself on her bike. Gerry and Bob rode around 49 of the 50 United States, Canada, Europe, and even a couple days in Tibet. They had completed a 13-mile route just two days before her death.

In her later years Gerry immersed herself in Buddhism, attending a number of silent retreats around the country. In Pensacola, she attended the weekly English language meditation services at the Dieu De Vietnamese Temple.

Gerry is survived by husband Robert M. Eddy of Pensacola, FL; daughter Lee Eddy of Seattle, WA; daughter Pam Eddy and son-in-law Shawn Reynolds of Bloomington, IN; son Miles Eddy of Bloomington, IN and grandchild McCarry Reynolds of Santa Cruz, CA.

Additional biographical information and images can be found at a memorial website.

Remembrances can be made in Gerry’s memory to the following organizations – American Civil Liberties UnionUnitarian Universalist Church of Pensacola, FLWesleylan College, Macon GADieu De Temple (9602 Nims Lane, Pensacola, Florida 32534), or Doctors Without Borders

Her husband, the Rev. Bob Eddy, can be reached at 850-206-7168.

The Rev. Carol Edwards

Carol Edwards

Carol Edwards

The Rev. Carol Edwards died on August 22, 2013 in an Abingdon, Virginia hospice. Carol was born in Pacific Palisades, CA, three days before Christmas, 1924. Her love of children drew her to teach, then direct an early education children’s program in Santa Monica. She received her formal training in human development and education at the Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena.

An active member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Monica before being hired as their Director of Religious Education, they later ordained her as Minister of Religious Education. In 1988 she was called as Minister of Religious Education to the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara, CA.

In 1991, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Starr King School for the Ministry for her outstanding work as a pioneering Minister of Religious Education. She served as President of the Unitarian Universalist Liberal Religious Educators Association from 1985-87.

After retiring from professional ministry in 1994, Carol moved to Abingdon, VA in 2003, where she helped develop an intentional co-housing community and became one of its first residents. Over the years Carol’s declining energy created a growing desire for simplicity in her life, and “Keep it Simple” became her motto. This extended to her spiritual life and during her last few years she became a Quaker.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Carol’s name may be made to Heal the Ocean, P.O. Box 90106, Santa Barbara, CA 93190; or the Head Start Program, c/o the Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara, 5638 Hollister Ave. Suite 230, Goleta, CA 93117.

The Rev. Alan L. Egly

uurmapaThe Rev. Alan L. Egly, 84, died on January 31, 2016.

Alan’s surviving family members include his wife, Patricia; children, Lorrie Copeland, Lisa (Peter) Lehmuller, Christian (Marie) Day and Yvonne Day; Peter Blaibel; Jeremy Sird; six grandchildren; and one brother.

A celebration of life was planned for Friday, February 5th at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Quad Cities, 3707 Eastern Avenue, Davenport, IA 52807.

In lieu of flowers, gifts to Final Exit or Compassion and Choices are suggested.

Condolences may be sent to Patricia Egly, 701 Iowa Street, Davenport, IA 52803.

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

The Rev. J. McRee “Mac” Elrod

uurmapaThe Rev. J. McRee “Mac” Elrod, 84, died on June 16, 2016.

He is survived by his wife, Norma Cummins Elrod; son, Matthew;  daughters Lona, Cara, Christy and Laura; three sons-in-law; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was predeceased by his son, Mark.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Doctors Without Borders, 333 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10001-5004.

Notes of condolence can be sent to: The Elrod Family, 4493 Lindholm Road, Victoria BC V9C 3Y1. Messages of remembrance can be sent in care of Mac’s wife, Norma Elrod and/or daughter, Lona Manning

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

Kenneth English

uurmapaKenneth English, 81, life partner of the Rev. Robert Wheatley, died Sept. 13, 2006, in Stoneham, MA. He was a decorated veteran of World War II. For the past three decades of his professional life, he worked as a professor at Boston University, Radcliffe College, and at Harvard’s Business School. He is survived by an older brother and sister in New Jersey, and was pre-deceased by his life partner in 2002.

The Rev. Carl Larsen Esenwein

The Rev. Carl Larsen Esenwein, 72, died Nov. 4, 2006 in Normal, IL, of cancer. He served congregations in Benton Harbor, MI, and Norfolk, VA, and Bloomington, IL. He then started his own company. Known for his opposition to the Vietnam War, Carl was instrumental in helping numerous conscientious objectors find sanctuary in Canada. He was also active in the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and organizations for prison reform. During retirement, he restored his historic home and rekindled his love of magic. Those who knew him were impressed by the courage and dignity with which he faced the end of his life. A service took place Nov. 15 in Normal. Mr. Esenwein is survived by his wife, Willemina; four children, Marc of Louisville, CO; Steve, of Dacono, CO; Lori Hoffman of Bloomington, IL; and Willem Knibbe of Alameda, CA; a son-in-law and daughter-in-law, his mother, Eleanor, of Bloomington IL; and three grandchildren.

The Rev. Jan Evans-Tiller

uurmapaThe Rev. Jan Evans-Tiller, 85, died on September 20, 2016.

She is survived by her daughter Katherine Rugh.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Notes of condolence can be sent to Katherine Rugh, 102 Milton Ave, Syracuse, NY 13204.

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

The Rev. Marvin Davis Evans

uurmapaThe Rev. Marvin Davis Evans, 90, died on January 8, 2016.

He is survived by his son David Evans, and his family.

A memorial service was planned for February 13th at The Island School, 8553 NE Day Rd, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110.  The service will be hosted by the Cedars Unitarian Universalist Church.

Condolences may be sent to the family at: David Evans & Alexis Johanson, P.O. Box 377, Keyport, WA 98345.

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

Mary Hood Evans

uurmapaMary Hood Evans, wife of the Rev. Marvin D. Evans, died Sept. 30, 2004 after a long illness. She earned a BA degree from Duke University and an MSW from the New York School of Social Work. In 1953, she married Marvin, and reared two sons. She worked for the Children’s Aid Society in Richmond, and was active in Ginter Park Presbyterian Church, the League of Woman Voters, the Richmond Committee to Save the Public Schools and the First Unitarian Church in Richmond. Following Marvin’s ordination, they moved to Victoria, BC, then Seattle. She was predeceased by her son, Kent. She is survived by her husband, and her son David and her daughter-in-law. She was a dedicated member of University Unitarian Church of Seattle, where A Celebration of her life was held Oct. 31, 2004.

Edward William Ewers, Jr.

uurmapaEdward William Ewers, Jr., 69, husband of the Rev. Margo J. Ewers, died Jan. 1, 2012, in Nashua NH after a long struggle with renal failure and cardiac issues related to diabetes. A native of Culver City, CA, he graduated from California State University, Fullerton. He served in the California National Guard. After the Ewers relocated to NH, Ed worked as chief financial officer at Harbor Homes in Nashua. This organization helps homeless and mentally ill people find housing and other services. He helped raise funds to expand the facility and he supported other staff. His friends and colleagues said Ed was an inspiration to them as he dealt with his own limitations and attendant pain while contributing so much. One of his great joys in life was taking driving trips to explore most of the U.S. He also served on the board of directors of Camp de Beneville Pines. He is survived by his wife, his mother, sister and brother and their families.

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The Rev. John A. Farmakis

uurmapaThe Rev. John A. Farmakis, 92, died on January 24th, 2016.

He is survived by his nephew, John L. Farmakis, Jr. and his family, in addition to several devoted friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to The John A. Farmakis Memorial Fund,, Att’n: Patrice M. Wiseley, University of Pennsylvania, Associate Director of Gift Planning Services, 3535 Market Street, Suite 500, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3309.

Notes of condolence may be sent to John L. Farmakis Jr. at

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

The Rev. Leon C. Fay

uurmapaThe Rev. Leon C. Fay, 89, died ca. 2002. He earned his AB and STB degrees at Tufts. He served churches in East Bridgewater and West Bridgewater, MA; Scituate, MA; Nashua, NH; Albuquerque, NM; and Cape Town, South Africa. He also served as director of the Department of Ministry at the UUA.

Elinor F. Potter Fewkes


Elinor Fewkes

Elinor Fewkes

Elinor F. Potter Fewkes, 79, wife of the Rev. Richard M. Fewkes died August 29, 2009 at home in hospice care after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was a graduate of Thayer Academy and Radcliffe College. She met and married Dick Fewkes when she was working for the UUA in their regional office in Brockton, MA. Ellie will be fondly remembered for her dedicated work as a loving teacher in both the Nursery School and Sunday School at the First Parish Church in Norwell, MA. She was an active member of the Women’s Alliance and for many years hosted the Sewing and Handcraft Group for the Annual Harvest Fair. When Dick and Ellie left Norwell in 2000 she was presented with a quilt dedicated to the “First Lady of First Parish 1969-2000.” That quilt comforted her for the rest of her life. She is survived by her husband, her sister and brother-in-law, two sons, a daughter, their spouses and eight grandchildren.

The Rev. F. David Fisher

David Fisher

David Fisher

The Rev. F. David Fisher, 81, died June 26, 2010. After earning his AB in philosophy at Oberlin he served in the US Army. He received his MD from University of Rochester (NY). He practiced internal medicine and then earned masters in public health and divinity. He completed a psychiatry residency at Wright State School of Medicine (Dayton, OH). He taught at University of Utah and Yale University School of Medicine. He was ward psychiatrist at Northern NH Mental Health Services. He later served as part-time minister with the UU Fellowship of the Eastern Slopes (Conway, NH). A lifelong UU, he was active in many congregations as fellowship co-founder, layman, minister and choir director. He was Florida District’s volunteer coordinator for GA in 2008 in Ft. Lauderdale. He volunteered to promote equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people. He enjoyed community theater as an actor, singer and dancer. He is survived by his life partner, Paul Alpert, his daughter, Dana Ashrawi and his son-in-law; his son, Kent Fisher, five grandchildren and two sisters.

Ruth Melchior Fleck

Ruth Fleck

Ruth Fleck

Ruth Melchior Fleck, 89, widow of the Rev. G. Peter Fleck, died peacefully at Cape Cod Hospital, South Orleans, MA on May 1, 2008, surrounded by her three daughters. She grew up in the Netherlands and immigrated to the United States with her beloved husband in 1941. He predeceased her. Her kindness and generosity touched many lives. In retirement she became an accomplished photographer. She had a talent for recognizing and appreciating what was special in each individual. Throughout her life, she maintained a wide correspondence, sending note cards made with her own photographs to commemorate birthdays, anniversaries, or just the warmth of her good wishes.

Dr. Elizabeth Fordon

Elizabeth Fordon

Elizabeth Fordon

Dr. Elizabeth Fordon, 71, died April 3, 2016 after a long illness with interstitial lung disease. “Betsy,” as she was widely known, was the spouse of the Rev. Dr. John Fordon. He reports that she loved to travel, attend opera, theater, and concerts, and play bridge. She embraced Unitarian Universalism with unbounded enthusiasm, letting all who knew her see her values and belief system. In later years, she focused on raising money for young and impoverished women seeking abortions of unwanted pregnancies, until poor health began to diminish her strength.

She was the devoted mother of Andrew (who passed away at age 23,) and her grown son Philip Reed. She loved being grandmother of Philip’s children — Claire, Connor, and Brendan — and stepmother to John’s five adult children.

Betsy’s passion was her profession as a librarian. She held every possible position in public libraries, from being a teenage book-shelver to a professional Reference and then Children’s Librarian, in Florida and New York. She was a consultant for the Office of Commonwealth Libraries of Pennsylvania, an adjunct professor at several colleges and universities, and finally the director of a multi-library system in Pennsylvania. She held a Masters of Science in Library Science from Florida State University, a Masters of Public Administration from Long Island University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Library Science, also from Florida State. She was an ardent advocate for all libraries and their staffs, collections, and programs.

John suggests that gifts of remembrance be directed to the donor’s local library.

The Rev. Dr. Sidney L. Freeman

Sidney Freeman

Sidney Freeman

The Rev. Dr. Sidney L. Freeman, 85, died January 12, 2012. He held a BS from the University of Wisconsin, an MA from Bowling Green University, and a PhD from Cornell. He served the UU Church of Charlotte, NC, for 32 years, where he was named minister emeritus. He was a lay minister at the First Unitarian Church of Lynchburg, VA and served as a chaplain at Cedar Spring Hospital in Pineville, NC. He was an instructor of communication arts at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC; and associate professor of speech and drama at Sweet Briar College in VA. He was an advocate for mental health, serving as president of Charlotte’s Mental Health Association. He is survived by his wife, Gaynell B. Freeman; his children, Lynn Freeman Love, David Freeman, Michael Freeman, and T. Michael Williams; twelve grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Wayne Patrick Fulkerson

Wayne Fulkerson

Wayne Fulkerson

Wayne Fulkerson, the spouse of The Reverend Peg Morgan, died October 19, 2016, following a stroke.

He was born August 22, 1935 in Portland Oregon to Marie Markstaller and Glenn Fulkerson. His parents, unable to care for him at the time, left him with an aunt and uncle, Selma and George Linville. Three years later, they retrieved him and took him to California, where they entered him in child beauty contests. He often came in second in these contests, but they returned to Portland two years later.

Eventually, his parents separated and his mother remarried. This was a volatile relationship that involved drinking and depression. Wayne often felt responsible to keep his mother from committing suicide. When he graduated from high school, Wayne enlisted in the Navy, and was sent to serve in San Diego CA. After his service ended, he enrolled at San Diego State University, where he met and married Sharilyn Ruth Allan.

Wayne and Sherry remained in San Diego for 15 years and had one son, Mark, before relocating to Redmond WA, where Wayne took a position with Safeco Insurance. He enjoyed his work, investigating clients to verify that they had provided complete information on their applications for coverage, and mentoring many new women auditors. A change in the company’s management drove him to seek better skills in dealing with stress and resolving conflict, which led him to discover Buddhism. When he developed heart health issues, he took an early retirement.

After retiring, Wayne was Sharilyn’s assistant in her accounting business. He also pursued a hobby of successful handicapping of horses, using various computer programs he developed. Sherry and Wayne treasured their dogs and cats; and they loved the diverse wildlife that lived in their backyard, a deep ravine. Sadly, Sherry died of lung cancer in 1999.   

Wayne Fulkerson

Wayne found new love with Peg Morgan, and they married in 2002. With her, he travelled the world, explored spirituality, loved their poodle Angie, and shared beloved friends.  Together, they experienced a weeklong retreat with Thich Nhat Hahn, the great Vietnamese Buddhist teacher. Wayne learned about the power of community as he integrated into Westside UU Congregation, where Peg served. He sang in the choir, and loved sharing his Buddhist beliefs.  He loved the values that UUs teach our children and supported all that his community stands for.

He is survived by his wife Peg Morgan, her sons Chris and Paul Morgan and families; son Mark Fulkerson and family; cousin Donald Linville and his children. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Gifts may be directed to Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation, (for the Memorial Fund to support children’s, justice, and spiritual growth programs), 7141 California Avenue SW, Seattle WA 98136.

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Carolyn Farr Gaebler

Carolyn Gaebler

Carolyn Gaebler

Carolyn Farr Gaebler, 87, wife of the Rev. Max D. Gaebler, died, Aug. 21, 2009, at her home in Madison, WI. A graduate of Western College for Women in Miami, Ohio, she pursued graduate study in government at Harvard University, where she met and married the Rev. Max D. Gaebler, who was then Unitarian minister to students at the historic First Parish in Cambridge. They served churches in Westford, MA and Davenport, IA, and from 1952-1987 Madison, WI. A committed supporter of social justice issues, she never tired of recounting her experience in the summer of 1943 as a participant in a Quaker sponsored work camp on Chicago’s then heavily segregated south side. All her life she remained an ardent advocate for social justice. She loved good music, and for a number of years was a staunch member of the Unitarian Society choir and also of the Madison Philharmonic Chorus. She is survived by her husband, five children and their families.

The Rev. Joy D. Gasta

uurmapaThe Rev. Joy D. Gasta, 68, died of cancer October 2, 2005, in Nashville, TN. She taught English and humanities at colleges in IN, MI, PA and TN. She was also a part-time news and features reporter with the Philadelphia Inquirer and several other newspapers in Pennsylvania. She served the First Universalist Churches of Norway and West Paris, ME. She was assistant minister at the Church of the Larger Fellowship from 1994 to 1995. Surviving are two daughters, Rachel of New York and Catherine of Washington, D.C.; twin brother Jack Dedman; sisters Dale Wilson and Jean Dedman. Her husband, Carl Gasta, died in 1980.

The Rev. Elium Gault

uurmapaThe Rev. Elium Gault, 85, died suddenly Nov. 16, 2007, at his home in Hazlet, NJ. A committed Unitarian Humanist, he served the Woodstock, VT, church, then the Manchester, NH, church. He was active in the Civil Rights movement, and the Anti-Vietnam War movement. Ardently pro-choice, he was an active, vocal supporter of the separation of church and state. He leaves two sons, Jim and Bert, and daughter Patti. He was very close to his daughters-in-law and grandchildren. A Memorial Service was held in the Spring at Monmouth Country Unitarian Church in Lincroft, NJ.

Averill Virginia Fox Gay

Averill Gay

Averill Gay

Averill Virginia Fox Gay, 90, wife of the Rev. Richard R. Gay, died quietly Jan. 24, 2011, at Providence Palliative Care in Anchorage. A native of Cornwall, PA, she was a graduate of Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA. There she met and married Richard on Christmas day, 1943. She held various teaching positions in Pennsylvania and Ohio. Then the family relocated to Alaska, where her husband served as minister, professor and administrator at Alaska Methodist University. Wherever they lived, Averill played organ, directed choirs and taught piano. In Anchorage, she was organist and choir director at Turnagain Methodist Church, then co-organist at First Presbyterian Church for 17 years. Her beautiful smile and gracious personality made her many friends, and her husband of 67 years was her greatest fan. Her family wrote: “These sentiments are most apt: Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband trusts her. She is not afraid of the snow for her household, for she looks well to the ways of her household. Her children rise up and call her blessed! And her name is Averill.” In addition to her husband, she is survived by daughters Judith, Patricia, Sherry, Jerilee and their husbands; and her son, Richard III, as well as are 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother.

Isabel A. Gehr

Isabel Gehr

Isabel Gehr

Isabel A. Gehr, 99, the widow of the Rev. Harmon M. Gehr, died October 7, 2013. The Gehrs served the Throop UU Church in Pasadena, CA for 19 years.

Her daughter, Julia Nelson, reflected on her mother’s sense of adventure. “She was fearless, whether it was speaking out on an issue, camping alone or trying a new recipe. She passed on to her children the idea that they could do anything they set out to do.”

Isabel spent the end of her life in Portland, Oregon with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She had a constant stream of company.  Julia said, “She didn’t have a single meal alone once she was there. She knew she was not going to last ‘til her 100th birthday. And she also knew that she’d not see all of her beloved possessions again and she just let it go, so she could relax and enjoy the family and the love surrounding her. She said goodbye to us all and told us not to worry about her, but also to remember her when she was young and vibrant and strong, not old and infirm. She remained alert and cheerful until she took her last breath.”

Isabel Gehr's Urn with a plush polar bear totem

Isabel Gehr’s Urn with a plush polar bear totem

Julia recalled that Isabel told her family many times that when she and her husband were camping in Canyon de Chelley in Chinle, AZ, she had a vision of a large white bear who told her that everything would be all right. She kept a small plush polar bear with her all the time she was in Portland. Julia said, “The bear is with her now, next to her blue urn. At our Christmas gathering we will share memories, with all of us present. In the spring her ashes will be scattered on her son Elliott’s land in Eugene, near her husband and daughter, as she requested.”

She continued, “Thanks to everyone who admired, respected and loved her. She was a strong and unique person and we all feel lucky to have had her around for almost 100 years!”

There was a memorial service to celebrate her life on Nov. 23 at Throop UU Church, in Pasadena. Notes of condolence may go to her daughter: Julia Nelson, 85710 Doane Rd., Eugene, OR 97402.

The Rev. Dr. Diether Gehrmann

Diether Gehrmann

Diether Gehrmann

The Rev. Dr. Diether Gehrmann, 77, died August 23, 2006. He served at Frei-religiose Gemeinde, Jugend, Germany and First Unitarian Society of Rockland County, NY. Dick Boeke writes: “Diether was a German born UU Minister. In 1969, he became the first full time General Secretary of the International Association for Religious Freedom (IARF). As major new religious groups such as the Rissho Kosei Kai in Japan joined, Diether established a new IARF office in Frankfurt, Germany. Lucy Meier of Holland worked with him to create an effective IARF Social Service network. The IARF Commissions brought a world dialogue to IARF Congresses. Diether’s dedication helped make the IARF a leading International Interfaith Organization” Diether is survived by his wife Dorothee Gehrmann, and his four children The Rev. Ronald, Rainer, Derek and the Rev. Axel Gehrmann.

Gertrud “Trudi” Linsenmair Gelsey

Trudi Gelsey

Trudi Gelsey

Gertrud “Trudi” Linsenmair Gelsey, wife of The Rev. Rudolf  “Rudi” Gelsey, died March 28, 2003. The Gelseys were members of the Williamsburg, VA church at the time of her death. They served churches in Philadelphia, PA; Mt. Kisco, NY; Detroit, MI; Niagara Falls, NY; and Blacksburg, VA.

Marilyn Abbott Gentile

Marilyn Gentile

Marilyn Gentile

Marilyn Abbott Gentile, 87, died June 7, 2013. She was the widow of the Rev. Frank Gentile and then the Rev. Jody Shipley. She supported Frank’s ministry when the Gentiles served the Universalist Church in Eldorado, OH. The scrutiny of small town living was a real challenge for Marilyn. After three years they moved to Southfield, MI, to start a new ministry.

Marilyn earned an MSW at Wayne University. She became a well-respected social worker in the greater Detroit area and flourished in her work.

After Frank’s sudden death in 1984, Marilyn fell in love with Jody, who was a close family friend. They relocated to Berkeley, CA, where she continued in her profession as a social worker and conscientiously chaired the UUA’s continental Women and Religion Committee for a number of years.

Marilyn was a full-fledged partner in Jody’s work at the Modesto UU Church and then in her community ministry. Jody’s death in 2002 was a terrible blow to Marilyn. They both were involved for many years in Women With Wings, the intentional community, which commemorated Marilyn’s life.

Those who knew her remember her lovely ways and support. Notes of remembrance may go to her sister: Lynn Sebbard, 226 Norwich Ct., Madison, NJ, 07940.

The Rev. Dr. Neil Wayne Gerdes

Neil Gerdes

Neil Gerdes

The Rev. Dr. Neil Wayne Gerdes died on November 6, 2016 at the age of 73.

He is survived by his four sisters: Marjorie Carpenter, Reta Morrissey, Marlene Saad, and Eleanor Rohf; his 18 nieces and nephews; and his many great-nieces and great-nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Meadville Lombard Theological School.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00am on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at Erie United Methodist Church, 811 8th St, Erie, IL 61250.

Additionally, a memorial service will be held at 4:00pm on Sunday, November 20, 2016 at the First Unitarian Church of Chicago, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, IL 60637.

Notes of condolence can be sent to Marjorie Carpenter, 9520 Fuller Rd, Albany, IL 61230.

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

The Rev. Dr. John S. Gilbert

uurmapaThe Rev. Dr. John S. Gilbert, 84, died on June 28, 2016.

John is survived by his siblings, Jane Hendrickson, Marge Lake Baurley, and Joe Gilbert; his children, Victoria, Bart and Sarah; as well as his grandchildren, Molly, Matthew, Cameron and Amelia.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friends of the Library-Multnomah County, 919 SW Taylor Street, Suite 220, Portland, OR 97205.

Notes of condolence may be sent to his daughter, Victoria Gilbert, 2832 SE Salmon, Portland, OR 97214.

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

Judith Patterson Gilbert

Judith Gilbert

Judith Gilbert

Judith Patterson Gilbert, 64, the wife of the Rev. John Gilbert, died April 2, 2010 in hospice care in Huntersville, NC after an eight-month battle with pancreatic cancer. She earned a degree in computer sciences from University of North Carolina, Charlotte. She was an MCSP (Microsoft Certified Support Professional). She was also an ardent Democrat. She was committed to CASA. She will be remembered as a founder and principal of High Tech Computing, Inc. The company, which was one of her passions, provides support for Microsoft Office products and exchange servers. Judith is survived by her husband and three sons: Houston, Toby, and Christopher Patterson, two daughters-in-law and two granddaughters.

The Rev. Dr. Philip R. Giles

Philip Giles

Philip Giles

The Rev. Dr. Philip R. Giles, whose career spanned fifty-four years of distinguished service in parish ministry, denominational leadership, and armed forces chaplaincy, died on July 2, 2013, at the Illinois Veterans’ Home in Quincy, Illinois, aged 96.

Mr. Giles was especially energetic and influential in organizational work as the last General Superintendent of the Universalist Church of America (UCA) prior to its consolidation with the American Unitarian Association (AUA) in 1961. He later recalled that the Universalists were “wary of power and institutions,” and he set about to strengthen the UCA “so it could carry more of its weight in the merger.” Under his revitalizing program, Operation Bootstrap, some of the influence of independent state Universalist conventions was shifted to the national office, internal communication was improved, the UCA’s financial base was strengthened, ministerial pensions were increased, several congregations moved to new or renovated buildings, and publication was expanded. He saw these changes as essential for the future, whether for a self-sustaining UCA or in preparation for consolidation with the AUA. In the words of a family member,

His commitment to the liberal religious movement mirrored his philosophy that each generation is responsible to help succeeding generations move forward. He always said, “Your generation doesn’t owe anything to mine. We hold you on our shoulders and you will do the same for your children.”

Philip Randall Giles was born in Haverhill, Mass. on January 23, 1917 to Nelson R. and Ina Butler Giles. He earned a B.A. from Tufts College and an S.T.B. from Crane Theological School, both in 1942, and later received honorary doctorates from Tufts and St. Lawrence University.

Philip Giles

Philip Giles

In 1939, during his student years at Tufts, Mr. Giles began parish ministry at the Universalist Church in Southbridge, Mass, where he was ordained by the Massachusetts Universalist Convention on May 10, 1942. Meanwhile, in June of 1941, he was married to Aurelie Proctor of Fayville, Mass. After ordination he entered the Army Air Corps as a chaplain, spending two years in New Guinea and several months in Tokyo during the occupation. Thereafter he joined the Air Force Reserves and was recalled to another stint (1951-53) of active military service as a wing chaplain at Connelly AFB in Waco, Texas, during the Korean conflict. His reserve chaplaincy status afforded him an instrumental role in the design of the spectacularly modernist Air Force Academy Chapel, completed in 1962 in Colorado Springs. He retired with the rank of colonel in 1977.

Returning to parish ministry after WWII, the Rev. Mr. Giles was settled at the White Memorial Universalist Church in Concord, New Hampshire from 1946 until 1949, when he joined the Universalist headquarters staff. There he served successively as director of fund-raising (Unified Appeal, 1949-51), assistant to the General Superintendent of the UCA (1953-1954), and then director of ministry and extension, before his own election as General Superintendent in 1957.

In 1961, having helped steer the final stages of UCA-AUA consolidation, Philip Giles served as UUA Vice President for Field Relations until 1963, then District Executive of the Joseph Priestly District, and returned to UUA headquarters as Vice President for Development (1970-74).

Resuming parish ministry, Dr. Giles was settled at the UU Church of Muncie, Indiana (1974-78), the First Universalist Church of Denver, Colorado (1978-82, where he was named Minister Emeritus in 1988), and the UU Church of Corpus Christi (1982-1983). He then embarked on a career in interim ministry, serving churches in Providence, Rhode Island (1983-84), Croydon, England (1984-85), Needham, Mass (1985-86), Melrose, Mass (1986), Middleboro, Mass (1987-88), Corpus Christi, Texas (winters of 1988-90), and Barnstable, Mass (1992-93).

Philip Giles came from a family of outdoor enthusiasts. He enjoyed camping, birding, fishing, and swimming. He and his family spent summers at various Universalist and Unitarian camps, institutes, and retreat centers around the country. He led workshops at Ferry Beach and Star Island in Maine, Camp Unirondack in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, Bridgman on Lake Michigan, and the Rocky Mountain District summer institute at Estes Park, Colorado.

In a letter of sympathy to an old friend, Mr. Giles once wrote:
“I have never been able to bid adieu, even for a time, gracefully and easily. It has always been easier to take refuge in a casual “See you later.” But that won’t do now . . . I have often wished I could take comfort in the Christian myth of immortality. But my mind won’t permit it. My comfort has to be with those we leave behind—immortality enough for me—but it does not assuage the hurt, the grief, the loss when dear ones go on ahead. It’s a lonely business, made tolerable only by the evergreen memories and pride of having been the recipient of their trust and love and friendship.”

Philip Giles

Philip Giles

Philip Giles was preceded in death by his wife, Aurelie, and a brother, Paul, of Concord, New Hampshire. He is survived by two daughters, Lee Giles Hirstein of Schaumburg, Illinois, and Susan Giles Godsey of Nehalem, Oregon, two grandchildren, a great-grandchild, nieces and nephews, and a sister-in-law.

Cremation rites were conducted for Dr. Giles. A memorial service was planned for a later date in St. Albans, Maine, site of the family cemetery since the 1760s.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Society for Ministerial Relief, c/o Glen Snowden, Secretary, 34 Meeting House Ln #201, Stow, Mass 01775.

Notes of condolence may be sent to Lee Giles Hirstein at 2442 Charleston Drive, #6, Schaumburg, Illinois 60193; or Susan Giles Godsey at P.O. Box 128, Nehalem, Oregon 97131.

Yvonne Giles

uurmapaYvonne Giles, 81, wife of Rev. Philip R. Giles of Harwich, MA, died Dec. 10, 2005. Among other churches, they had been together at Muncie, IN; and Denver, CO. While in Muncie, Yvonne was head of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) leading 1800 volunteers. Survivors include her husband; a son, Rev. Stephen Rhoades of Sandyville, WV; and a daughter, Dauna Hawkins of Weston, WV.

The Rev. Fred Gillis

Fred Gillis

Fred Gillis

The Rev. Fred Gillis, parish minister, skilled liturgist, community activist, accomplished woodworker, and lover of the ourdoors, railways, organs and organ music, died, aged 72, on July 14, 2013 after a long battle with Lewy body disease.

Fred’s woodworking skill and passion for organ music were combined in designing and building his own organ as well as proudly helping with the design and construction of the organ at the Westminster Church in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, where he was settled for a twenty-six-year pastorate. When not pursuing his love of rail travel and building model trains, he could often be found hiking, kayaking and bird watching on camping trips with his family in Newark Pond, Vermont.

In his professional life, the Rev. Mr. Gillis was a 42-year member of the Greenfield Group and was formally granted “sainthood” in that oldest Unitarian (now UU) ministerial study group in North America. Widely respected for his interest in worship arts, he was a founding and active member of the Unitarian Universalist liturgical group, the Congregation of Abraxas and served for four years (1978-82) on the UUA’s Commission on Common Worship. His work in this area is recalled in these words (one of his two contributions to the UUA hymnal):

May the Love which overcomes all differences,
which heals all wounds,
which puts to flight all fears,
which reconciles all who are separated,
be in us and among us
now and always.

(Reading #694, Singing the Living Tradition)

Frederick Ellsworth Gillis was born in Cambridge, Mass, on December 12, 1940 to Raymond and Amy Mann Gillis. He was graduated with a B.S. from Tufts University in 1962 and an S.T.B from Harvard Divinity School in 1965.

Mr. Gillis was ordained to the ministry at the Channing Unitarian Church in Rockland, Mass., on April 24, 1966, where he served from 1965 to 1969. He went on to parish settlements at the UU Church of Halifax, Nova Scotia (1969-77) and the Westminster Unitarian Church of East Greenwich, Rhode Island (1977-2003), leaving the latter with the title of Minister Emeritus. He then moved on to interim ministries at UU churches in Rutland, Vermont (2003-04) and Peterborough, New Hampshire (2005-06), before final retirement.

During more than four decades in parish ministry, the Rev. Mr. Gillis was steadily active in many local community groups and the larger UU movement, serving as chair (1966-67) and board member (1971-73) of the Fair Housing and Human Rights Association in Rockland, Mass., Vice President (1972-73) of the Metro Area Family Planning Association in Halifax, Nova Scotia, , board member (1974-77) of the Canadian Unitarian Council, Vice President (1979) and President (1980-83) of the Memorial Society of Rhode Island. Later, he was elected Treasurer (1968), Vice President (1986-88), and President (1988-89) of the Ballou Channing Chapter of the UUMA and served on the Executive Board of the UUMA at large from 1989 to 1991.

Fred is survived by his wife, Judy Stewart Gillis of Concord, New Hampshire, and his former wife, Kate Gillis of West Warwick: Rhode Island, two sons: Andrew (spouse Karen), of Bedford, New Hampshire, and Duncan (spouse Vanessa) of Portland, Oregon; three step-daughters: Tracy Terry (spouse Marc) of Ashland, Mass., Gillian Edeus (spouse Leif) of Vevey, Switzerland, and Erin Stewart (spouse Jeff Fetter) of Concord, New Hampshire, and 10 grandchildren.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, September 14, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. at the Westminster Unitarian Church in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. An additional remembrance were included as part of Sunday morning worship on September 29, 10:30 am at the UU Church of Concord, New Hampshire.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the UUA Living Tradition Fund, P.O. Box 843154, Boston, Mass., 02284 or to Lewy Body Research, MGH Development Office, Attn: Shawn Fitzgibbons, 165 Cambridge St., Suite 600, Boston, Mass.

Notes of condolence may be sent to Judy Gillis at 6 Wildemere Terrace, Concord, New Hampshire 03301.

The Rev. David Gilmartin

David Gilmartin

David Gilmartin

The Rev. David Gilmartin, 71, died unexpectedly March 12, 2012 in Eugene, OR. He earned his BA at Harvard University and his MDiv. at Starr King. He was a community minister and a social worker, who advocated for accessibility. He worked at the Center for Independent Living in Berkeley, CA; at the Center for Independence of the Disabled in Belmont, CA; at Resources for Independent Living in Sacramento, CA. He worked at Ferry Beach UU Camp and Conference Center in Saco, ME; at New Horizons Independent Living Center in Prescott, AZ; at InfoUse in Berkeley, CA; and at the State of Arizona Child Protective Services. His colleague, Alicia Forsey, remembers him as a very positive person. She described him as kind, gentle and intelligent. She added that he had a memory “like a steel trap.” David enjoyed singing and playing the guitar. He was predeceased by his sister, Alice Gilmartin. He is survived by his brother Peter Gilmartin.

The Rev. Dr. Jean Lois Witman Gilpatrick

Jean Gilpatrick

Jean Gilpatrick

The Rev. Dr. Jean Lois Witman Gilpatrick, 84, died June 4, 2009, after a 10-year struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was born in East Orange, NJ. She was educated at Connecticut Valley College for Women and Meadville Lombard. She won a Danforth Graduate Fellowship to do interdenominational work at University of Illinois. There she met and married Thomas Vance Gilpatrick. They worked as a team on programs empowering people to improve their lives. In the 1960’s the Gilpatricks worked tirelessly for civil rights in Lynchburg, VA. Black leaders said their efforts were the first tangible sign of support from area whites for local struggles for justice. Jean taught at Virginia Theological Seminary and College, an historically black college, and at Central Virginia Community College. After her ordination in 1981, she served congregations in CT, IL and VA. She advocated for women’s rights and attended the International Women’s Conference in Nairobi, Kenya in 1985. She was a poet and a painter, who enjoyed singing in the choir. Jean is survived by two daughters, Morgan Gilpatrick and Diana Gilpatrick, three grandchildren, a brother and many nieces and nephews.

Thomas Vance Gilpatrick

uurmapaThomas Vance Gilpatrick, 81, husband of the Rev. Jean W. Gilpatrick, died in Rockville, MD Jan. 18, 2005. After serving in World War II, he received a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago. He taught at Pennsylvania State College then at Sweet Briar College for more than 30 years. He was an active member of the First Unitarian Church of Lynchburg, VA, the Jefferson Choral Society, the ACLU, and the Lynchburg Council on Human Relations. He was a founder of Lynchburg’s emergency fuel project. He is survived by Jean, his wife of 55 years, of Potomac, MD; two daughters, Diana Gilpatrick of Potomac and Morgan Gilpatrick, of Bowie, MD; three grandchildren; three brothers and a sister. Services were held March 26 in Bethesda, MD and April 9 in Lynchburg.

The Rev. Jo-an Glasse

Jo-an Glasse

Jo-an Glasse

The Rev. Jo-an Glasse, 87, left our Earth August 3, 2011. She graduated from Berea College and Yale Divinity School. At Yale she met and married the Rev. James D. Glasse, who predeceased her. They settled in Nashville where Jim taught at Vanderbilt University and Jo-an reared four children. Jim was appointed president of the Lancaster (PA) Theological Seminary. In addition to supporting the local community with teaching, healing and spiritual development groups, Jo-an served the national community as a chairperson for Spiritual Frontiers Fellowship. She was ordained by the Lancaster congregation at age 59. She touched many lives performing christenings, weddings and funerals. With her business partner, Sheila Audet, Jo-an produced an original musical of Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, which traveled all over the country. Her boundless energy and twinkling blue-green eyes belied her age. Her generous, open heart and deep compassion defined her. All who knew her, even briefly, were touched by her loving presence. She is survived by her sister Alice Wulff, her children J. Daniel, Janet, Judith and Julia, their spouses and four grandchildren.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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The Rev. Robert L. Hadley

uurmapaThe Rev. Robert L. Hadley, 84, died on December 28, 2012. Rev. Hadley was born in Leominster, MA on February 21, 1928 to Eleanor and Lawrence Hadley. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University in 1950. He went on to attain a Bachelor of Sacred Theology from Harvard Divinity School in 1956 and a Master of Sacred Theology from Boston University School of Theology in 1977.

Rev. Hadley was ordained on June 17, 1956 at the First Congregational Society in Leominster, MA. In 1956, he began a remarkable 31 years of service to the First Church Unitarian in Littleton, MA, finishing his time there in 1987. Then, from 1987-1991, he served as minister of the Maumee Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Perrysburg, OH; and from 1991-1994, he served as minister of the Universalist Meeting House in Provincetown, MA. Lastly, he served as minister of the First Parish Church in Fitchburg, MA from 1995 until his retirement in 2002. The First Unitarian Church in Littleton, MA and the First Parish Church in Fitchburg, MA named Rev. Hadley Minister Emeritus in 1998 and 2002, respectively.

Committed to the denomination, Rev. Hadley served as: a member of the UUMA’s Member Insurance Committee from 1974-1977; a Ministerial Settlement Representative in the Massachusetts Central District from 1982-1985; and a member of the UUA AIDS Task Force from 1985-1986.

Throughout his life, Rev. Hadley was also heavily involved in his communities. He served as president of the Central Middlesex Mental Health Association from 1974-1977. He was also a founding member of the Emerson Hospital Hospice, and served on its board from 1978-1981.

Those who knew Rev. Hadley will remember his love of nature and his passion for restoration. He restored the gardens around a housing complex in which he lived during Hurricane Wilma. He and his life partner, Jimmy, took on all the costs and labor themselves, as well as the upkeep afterwards. They also restored a historic landmark house and garden in Provincetown, MA. Certainly both a natural and spiritual experience, Rev. Hadley once referred to his garden as “an expression of God.”

Rev. Hadley is survived by daughter, Amy Hadley; son, Thomas Hadley; son, Peter Hadley; grandchildren, Maya and Rosa; former wife, Pat Hadley; and life partner, Jimmy Sullivan.

A memorial service took place on March 16, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Church Unitarian, 19 Foster Street, Littleton, MA 01460.

Notes of condolence may be sent to Jimmy Sullivan at 130 Dartmouth St., Apt. 407, Boston, MA 02116.

Shirley Hadley

uurmapaShirley Hadley died January 4, 2004. She was the widow of The Rev. Dr. J. Harold Hadley, minister emeritus at Plandome (Shelter Rock), NY, who died in 1994. Shirley leaves a son, Ronald Hadley, who is a member of the Shelter Rock congregation.

The Rev. Nancy J. Haley

Nancy Haley

Nancy Haley

The Rev. Nancy J. Haley, 66, died August 27, 2010. She earned bachelor‘s degrees in English and German literature and a Master of Arts in Theater & Costume Design at the U. Minnesota. She went on to earn her M.Div. at Harvard, after having taught ESL for the Minneapolis public schools for ten years. Nancy was a freelance writer and film and video producer for nearly 25 years. As a member of Unity Church Unitarian in St. Paul, she created images for Our Whole Lives. She served as interim minister at Third Church Unitarian of Chicago and then was called to serve the UU Society of Iowa City. She then served Second Unitarian Church of Omaha. She served on the board of the Prairie Star District from 2002-2008.

A colleague described her as, “lively and thought-provoking” and as “someone who could dare us to dream big.” Nancy is survived by her loving partner of 21 years, Tom Johnson, her son, Jon Haley, and his wife Monica Singh; her daughter, Joanna Haley, two sisters and two nieces.

The Rev. Lawrence M. Hamby

Larry Hamby

Larry Hamby

The Rev. Lawrence M. Hamby, 85, died August 28, 2011 in Athens, GA. He was a native of Atlanta. He held degrees from Emory University and Tufts University’s Crane Theological School. Larry served the Community Church of New Orleans, which ordained him. He also served the Unitarian Congregational Society of Grafton, MA; the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg, PA; and the All Souls Unitarian Church of Augusta, ME. In later years, he was a chaplain in the Civil Air Patrol of the Air Force in Brunswick, GA. He was the Membership and Growth Chair for the Unitarian Universalists of Coastal Georgia. He also served on the board of UURMaPA. Larry will be remembered as a very generous supporter of our association. He managed our list serve SpeakUP until the time of his death.

The Rev. William D. Hammond

uurmapaThe Rev. William D. Hammond, 89, died Nov. 17, 2005. He served in Asheville, NC, where he was later named minister emeritus. He also served at People’s Liberal Church, Michigan – Ohio Valley District, UU Church of Minnetonka, and Grosse Point Unitarian Church. Surviving are his wife Grace Lindquist; two sons Donald & Thomas Hammond of Michigan and a daughter, Gail Hammond-Stone, of Arkansas. A service was held Dec. 17, at the First Parish of Groton, MA.

The Rev. Robert William Haney

uurmapaThe Rev. Robert William Haney, 70, died August 14, 2005. He served First and Second Church in Boston and the Theodore Parker Unitarian Church in West Roxbury, MA, which named him minister emeritus. He was an instructor at Emerson College, where he taught religion, philosophy and history. He published Comstockery in America: Patterns of Censorship and Control in 1960 through Beacon Press. For the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, he produced the exhibition guide The Historic Silver of the First and Second Church of Boston. He also wrote many reviews for the Christian Science Monitor and other religious periodicals.

The Rev. Dr. Donald Szantho Harrington

uurmapaThe Rev. Dr. Donald Szantho Harrington, 91, died Sept. 16, 2005 in Szepsi–St. George, Romania. He served churches in Hobart, IN; Chicago; Darien, CT; and Community Church in New York, which named him minister emeritus. He was a leader in civil rights, social justice, theology and politics, and a co-founder of the Center for the Advanced Study in Religion and Science, and the American Committee on Africa. He served on the AUA and UUA Boards, the Unitarian, Universalist, and UU Service Committees, and the IARF. He helped found BAWA, (Black and White Action) He received the Holmes-Weatherly Award in 1983. Harrington authored several books. He married Vilma Szantho, the first woman to be ordained in Central Europe. She died in 1982. In 1984, he married Vilma’s niece, the Rev. Aniko Szantho. Surviving are his wife; two children, Loni Hancock of Berkeley, CA, and David Harrington of Santa Fe, NM; three stepchildren, five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

The Rev. Dr. Mary J. Harrington

Mary Harrington

Mary Harrington

The Rev. Dr. Mary J. Harrington, 58, died at home October 26, 2010, after a courageous struggle with ALS. She attended Middlebury College and graduated from William James College of Grand Valley State University with a BS in Social Ethics and Social Relations. She was executive director of Home Hospice of Sonoma County (CA).

She earned her M. Div. from Starr King. She served UU churches in Santa Rosa, CA; Houston, TX; Marblehead and Winchester, MA. Her last congregation named her minister emerita. In the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, she co-founded and served as president of Gulf Coast Volunteers for the Long Haul. She led 14 trips to the area, many from a wheelchair.

Mary delivered the sermon at the Service of the Living Tradition at the 2009 GA in Salt Lake City. She was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Sacred Theology from Starr King for her outstanding service as a parish minister and her inspiring leadership as president of Gulf Coast Volunteers for the Long Haul.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 30 years, Martin Teitel, her children, Julia & Samuel Teitel, and her stepson, Jason Teitel.

The Rev. W. Edward Harris

uurmapaThe Rev. W. Edward Harris, 77, died on August 10, 2012. Rev. Harris was born in Tampa, FL on June 17, 1935 to Ira Walter Harris and Ruth Hope Duss. Soon after, his father remarried and he was raised by Mary Elizabeth (Smith) Harris, whom he referred to as his mother. He attained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Birmingham-Southern College in 1957. In 1968, he went on to earn a Master of Divinity from Tufts University’s Crane Theological School. He received a Merrill Fellowship from Harvard Divinity School in 1980.

Rev. Harris was called by the Arlington Street Church in Boston, MA in 1967 (where he was also ordained on November 3, 1968) and served as the minister there until 1970. He was then called to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana Champaign in Urbana, IL from 1970-1983. He experienced another long run as minister of All Souls Unitarian Church in Indianapolis, IN from 1984-1992. There, he was bestowed with the title of Minister Emeritus in 1992. He worked as an interim minister at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church in Bethesda, MD from 1992-1993; the Unitarian Church of Evanston, IL from 1993-1995; the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Shelter Rock in Manhasset, NY in 1997; and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis, IN from 2003-2004. He also consulted on health care issues at the UUA from 1997-1998, and helped found the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Hendricks County in Danville, IN.

Rev. Harris was a passionate civil rights and political activist. He was a founder and president of the Alabama Civil Liberties Union and also served on the board of the American Civil Liberties Union. He pioneered voter registration campaigns in Birmingham, AL following 1964’s Civil Rights Act. He was a board member of the Birmingham Council on Human Relations and served on Birmingham’s first Anti-Poverty Committee. Rev. Harris also worked on both the Kennedy-Johnson and the Johnson-Humphrey campaigns of the 1960s. He was chairman of the Illinois Committee for Jimmy Carter, and also served on the Democratic National Committee on the Platform and Credentials Sub-committee.

A dedicated and engaging writer and poet, Rev. Harris published seven books: Life Will Never Be the Same (1989); A Religion of the Heart(1990); A Garage Sale of the Mind (1991); A Midwife’s Tale and Other Christmas Stories (1994); How You Can Have a Good Day Everyday (even if you made other plans) (1995); The Way It Happened: Five Christmas Stories (1996); Miracle in Birmingham: a Civil Rights Memoir, 1954-1965 (2004); and The Wine of Astonishment (2010). Four short articles by Rev. Harris can also be found in the Walt Whitman Encyclopedia (1998).

Known to many as an “impressive, yet humble, man,” Rev. Harris has been described as having “enjoyed the fine art of good conversation” with “wonderful humor and storytelling.” He was noted to be “an ideal model for ministers who wonder how to maneuver through emeritus status.” To some he was a “wise mentor and teacher,” and to many, he will be remembered as “a man generous with joy.” His wife of 56 years, Sandra, remembers him simply as “a magnificent human being.”

Rev. Harris is survived by his wife, Sandra (Gutridge) Harris; two sons, Mark Emory Harris and Phillip Stone Harris; three grandchildren, Tabitha Grace Camp, Ian Dougherty-Harris, and Maya Dougherty-Harris; a brother, James Tyra Harris; a sister, Ruth Reader; a son-in-law, Steven Camp; and former daughter-in-law, Deborah Dougherty. He was predeceased by a daughter, Edith Harris Camp.

A memorial service was held on September 8, 2012 at 2 p.m. at All Souls Unitarian Church, 5805 East 56th St., Indianapolis, IN 46226.

Notes of condolence may be sent to Sandra Harris at 5705 Crestview Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46220.

Elizabeth “Betty” G. Haskell

uurmapaElizabeth “Betty” G. Haskell, widow of the Rev. Grant F. Haskell, died March 6, 2014 in Brooklyn, NY at the age of 91.

During their long marriage, the Haskells reared three children, as they served congregations in Milford, NH; Littleton, MA; Biddeford, ME; Medford, MA; and White Plains, NY. During summers in the 1940s the couple directed youth camps for the Unitarian Service Committee.

They enjoyed camping, hiking and square dancing.

Betty is survived by her sons, Richard A. Haskell of Alamogordo, NM and Jonathan F. Haskell of Newark, NY. She is also survived by her daughter Beth M. Haskell of Brooklyn, NY; and by grandsons, Kenneth Haskell of Brooklyn, NY and Grant W. Haskell of Baltimore.

The Rev. Grant F. Haskell

Grant Haskell

Grant Haskell

The Rev. Grant F. Haskell, 94, March 3, 2010. He served congregations in Saco, ME; Medford, MA and White Plains, NY and helped start two UU fellowships. He also was youth and camping director for the YMCA. After his retirement in 1981, he was a school bus driver for ten years in the Central Bucks school district located in Eastern PA, and was president of the bus driver union. He loved camping, working with kids and teenagers and fixing things around the house. In addition to his wife, Betty, he is survived by his children Richard A. Haskell of Alamogordo, NM, Jonathan F. Haskell of Newark, NY and Beth M. Haskell of Brooklyn, NY, two sisters and two grandsons.

Marion Wood Hatt

uurmapaMarion Wood Hatt, 86, widow of the Rev. Roy J. Hatt, Jr, died in Utica, NY on November 4, 2008. She was an English teacher, who volunteered with Literacy Volunteers. She was also interested in environmental issues and protecting wildlife. From 1950-1960 she and her husband taught at the Proctor Academy in Andover, NH. In 1985 two of her students, who are brothers, established a scholarship fund at the school in her honor. Marion personally reviewed scholarship applications each spring until this past year. She is survived by two sons, Andrew J. Hatt and Christopher R. Hatt, and a grandson. Her husband died in 1999. Her memorial service was held November 15, 2008, at Acacia Village Masonic Care Community of Utica.

The Rev. Kenneth C. Hawkes

Kenneth Hawkes

Kenneth Hawkes

The Rev. Kenneth C. Hawkes, 96, was our oldest living Universalist minister. He died July 26, 2009, having served at the parish, district and national level throughout his long career. He was a graduate of Gorham Normal School (now U of Maine) and Colby College. A board member of the Maine Council of Churches, he also was president of Massachusetts Universalist Convention, and a trustee of the UCA. He was the first executive minister of the Northeast District of the UUA, which encompassed Maine and the Maritime Provinces. He was proud that he was one of a very few State of Mainers who marched in Selma with the Rev. Martin Luther King. June Wheeler, his wife of 53 years, died in 1987. In 1989 he married Janet Hall Beiling, who survives. He is also survived by his children: Roland K. Hawkes, Carolyn Gaines and Margaret St. Pierre; a sister; two step-daughters, and 33 grandchildren, step grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

The Rev. Harold L. Hawkins

uurmapaThe Rev. Harold L. Hawkins, 96, died on August 29, 2016.

He is survived by his six children Donald R. Hawkins, Margaret Elaine Cox, James Alan Hawkins, Carolyn Blome, Harold Frederick Hawkins, and Joseph B. Hawkins; eleven grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife Margaret Ann Johnson.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to UUCT/Freethinkers Forum Fund and mailed to UUCT, 2810 N Meridian Road, Tallahassee, FL 32312.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tallahassee, 2810 N Meridian Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32312.

Notes of condolence may be sent to Joe Hawkins at 217 Rhoden Cove Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32312.

[A more complete obituary is pending.]

The Rev. Dr. John “Jack” Frank Hayward

uurmapaThe Rev. Dr. John “Jack” Frank Hayward, 92, died on September 24, 2012. Rev. Hayward was born in Winthrop, MA on May 8, 1918 to Catherine and Frank Hayward. He graduated with an A.B. from Harvard University in 1940. He went on to attain a B.D. from Meadville Theological School in 1943 and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago Divinity School in 1949. Finally, in 1968, he earned a D.D. from Meadville Lombard Theological School.

Rev. Hayward was ordained on June 10, 1943. He served as a military chaplain in the United States Naval Reserve and later, in the Marines, from 1943-1946. He was called to serve as minister of the First Unitarian Church in Columbus, OH from 1948-1951. He then began his career in higher education at the University of Chicago, serving as an Assistant Professor of Religion and Art from 1951-1956 and as an Assistant Professor of Philosophical Theology from 1956-1961. He went on to work as an Associate Professor of Theology at Meadville Lombard Theological School from 1961-1968. In the years spanning 1968-1983, he served as the Chair of the Department of Religious Study at Southern Illinois University. He retired in 1983.

A passionate writer on the power of the ongoing relationship between art, mythology and religious life, Rev. Hayward’s words were published in Through the Rose Window: Art, Myth and the Religious Imagination (Skinner House, 1980), a collection of sermons that span over 30 years. Earlier in his career, he also wrote Existentialism and Religious Liberalism (Beacon Press, 1962).

Rev. Hayward was a proud, founding member of Prairie Group. He served as the Scribe for over 20 years, and received Emeritus status from them upon his retirement from the group after 54 years.

Rev. Hayward’s chief delight while at Harvard University was being in the Harvard Glee Club. He sang in public concerts, including a few with the Boston Symphony. A life-long devotion to the arts – specifically classical music – led Rev. Hayward and his first wife, Muriel Sternglanz Hayward, to establish the Southern Illinois Chamber Music Society, which still performs at the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship today.

Regarding a performance of Hamlet that he attended when he was much younger, Rev. Hayward once wrote,

“I can still see in my mind’s eye an almost totally dark stage where an invisible Hamlet was speaking with the equally invisible ghost of his royal father. All of heaven, hell, life, and death had to be visualized by the movement of Hamlet’s two small hands. Nevertheless, the eloquence was there to prove it possible that each of us, before we die, may hope to believe that life is beautiful, terrifying, and self-justifying, and that gratitude for life itself is our best way of saying farewell.”

Rev. Hayward is survived by his loving wife, Lois Hayward; daughter, Miriam Hayward and her husband, Rick Herbert; son, David Goodward and his wife, Margaret; grandchildren, Megan Hayward, Zachary Hayward, Joseph Herbert, Gina Hayward, Gavin Goodward, and Jenna Goodward; and great-grandson, Jaden. He was predeceased by his sons, Peter Hayward and Steven Hayward; and his beloved first wife, Muriel Sternglanz Hayward.

A memorial service took place on November 3, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. at the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship, 105 North Parrish Lane, Carbondale, IL 62901.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any of the following organizations:

Southern Illinois Chamber Music Society, School of Music, Altgeld Hall, Mail Code 4302, Southern Illinois University, 1000 S. Normal Ave., Carbondale, IL 62901;

TIP Hospice of Southern Illinois, 707 Walnut St., Murphysboro, IL 62966;

Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, 1231 Lincoln Drive, Mail Code 4429, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL 62901;

Good Samaritan Ministries of Carbondale, 701 South Marion St., Carbondale, IL 62901.

Notes of condolence may be sent to Lois Hayward at 1020 Villa Ct., Carbondale, IL 62901.

Phyllis Helligas

Phyllis Helligas, widow of the Rev. Byrd Helligas, died August 14, 2016 in Arcata, CA at the age of 92. She was born of parents Hazel and Irvin Carlson in Isle, Minnesota in 1924. Phyllis married Daniel Brant in 1946 when he returned from military service. In 1952 they moved to Arcata CA, when Dan Brant started to teach at Humboldt State College. They divorced in 1968 after their three children were raised.

Phyllis had graduated from the University of Minnesota 1945, with a B.S. degree in Home Economics Education. She later went back to college and received a B.S. degree in political science from Humboldt State and an M.S degree in Public Administration from the University of California at Berkeley, then began a long career in Personnel Administration for the City of Sunnyvale.

She married Byrd Helligas in 1971 and they converted a potato chip factory into a Bed and Breakfast. When they left that, they started a business filling in for other Bed and Breakfast proprietors.

She returned to Arcata in 1989 after her retirement from Sunnyvale. Phyllis was active in local community activities, having been a charter member of the Humboldt County League of Women Voters and of the Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Her later years were devoted to population control movements including Planned Parenthood. Phyllis was an outspoken atheist who was proud of her life membership in the Freedom from Religion Foundation. She also appreciated her women’s group, other affinity groups who kept her engaged with life, and especially the Unitarian Universalists.

Phyllis designed the house that she and Dan built with their own hands in Arcata and enjoyed designing and remodeling homes and cabins with Byrd in later years. She spent many happy hours with family and friends and by herself at her cabin at Big Lagoon and served on the Board of Directors for the Big Lagoon Park Company for over 20 years.

She is survived by her two sons, Peter Brant and his partner Denise Hisel of Arcata, Bruce Brant and his wife Roseanne from South Lake Tahoe; her daughter, Susan Brant Ruderian and husband Harvey Ruderian from Malibu; stepson Byrd Helligas, Jr. of Olympia, WA; stepson Aron Helligas and wife, Beth, of Portland, OR; and grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins in Minnesota and California.

Memorial gifts should be sent to the Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Box 506, Bayside, CA 95524, or to Six Rivers Planned Parenthood, 3225 Timber Fall Court, Eureka, CA 95503.

The Rev. Dr. Ralph Norman Helverson

uurmapaThe Rev. Dr. Ralph Norman Helverson, 95, died April 25, 2007, at Carleton-Willard Village, Bedford, MA.  He was minister emeritus of the First Parish in Cambridge, MA, which he served as minister from 1959 to 1977.  He also served UU congregations in Ithaca, NY, and N. Palm Beach, FL, as well as being interim minister for San Diego, CA, W. Hartford, CT, Naples, FL, and Dedham, MA.

He was a graduate of Anderson College (B.A.), Garrett Theological Seminary (B.D.) and Cornell University (M.A.), and was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School in 1969.

A distinguished preacher, thinker and writer, he was also a beloved pastor and colleague. He had served on several boards and committees of the UUA and related organizations, and was the author of several collections of prayers and meditations.

A memorial service celebrating Ralph’s life and ministry was held on Wednesday, May 9, at 1:30 p.m. at The First Parish of Cambridge (in Harvard Square). Letters of condolence may be sent to his wife of 67 years, Wynanda Helverson, 88 Falmouth Court, Bedford, MA 01730-2912.

Wynanda Helverson

uurmapaWynanda Helverson, 93, died peacefully on June 9, 2012, just a week shy of her 94th birthday. Wynanda was the wife of the late Rev. Ralph Helverson, Unitarian-Universalist minister of First Parish in Harvard Square.

She was the mother of Donald Helverson of California and the late John Norman Helverson, and grandmother of Rebecca Byors of Maine, Sophia, Hope, and Annika Helverson, all of California, and great grandmother of Katlyn Byors. She is also survived by her sister, Betsy Hauser of Illinois, and several nieces. A private Memorial Service was held at Carleton-Willard Village, Bedford, MA. (This information is from the Anderson-Bryant Funeral Home).

The Rev. Robert M. Hemstreet

Bob Hemstreet

Bob Hemstreet

The Rev. Robert M. Hemstreet  — UU Humanist, creator of the Thanksgiving cider and cornbread communion, and lifelong searcher — died on February 11, 2015 at the age of 84.

Church life and work were early influences in Bob’s life. His grandfather was an Episcopal priest, with a ministry to the deaf. Mentored by a local Episcopal priest, Bob served as an altar boy in the church. But he was also was exposed at a young age to broader theological education, being raised in Canton, New York, where his grandmother rented rooms to students at the nearby St. Lawrence University Theological School. Ever curious and eager to learn, the story goes that young Bob spent many evenings with his ear pressed to a bedroom door, intently listening to the students’ theological discussions, all of which no doubt influenced his later religious journey.

Robert Merrill Hemstreet was born on May 25, 1930 to Albert B. and Beatrice Merrill Hemstreet. He earned a B.A. from New York University in 1952, and was drafted into the U.S. Army, receiving an honorable discharge in 1955. He went on to study at Crane Theological School of Tufts University, graduating with a M.Div. degree in 1964.

Ordained by the First Unitarian Church at Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 1964, he served there from 1964 to 1968. From 1969 to 1972 he served as Minister-at-Large to the Greater Wilmington Council of Unitarian Universalist Societies, ministering half-time to fellowships in West Chester, PA and Newark, DE. Moving to full time ministry in Newark from 1972 to 1975, he also served as weekend minister in York, PA in 1973-74. He went on to serve as minister to the UU Church of Flushing, NY from 1976 to 1995, where he was elected Minister Emeritus in 1999.

Always active within the wider community and UU movement, he served as President of three UUMA Chapters (St. Lawrence, Joseph Priestley, and Metro NY), member of the Board of the Metro NY District, Trustee of the St. Lawrence Foundation for Theological Education, and member of the Flushing Interfaith Clergy Group. He founded and was elected President (1988) of Unitarian Universalists for Socialism, and was a faithful attendee at the annual Institute for Religion in an Age of Science at Star Island. The Thanksgiving Cornbread and Cider Communion that he wrote has been widely anthologized and is now a feature of many UU congregations across the continent.

Bob got his start in the anti-racist and socialist movements in his mid-teens, as a follower of C.L.R. James, an activist and author from Trinidad and Tobago, remaining an activist for the disenfranchised for his whole life. When the call came from Dr. Martin Luther King in 1965 for clergy to go to Selma, a former congregant of Bob’s felt it was so important for him to go that he emptied the cash register in the store he owned and gave Bob the $300 — Bob answered the call.

He was also dedicated to bettering his community and the world as an active member of the International Association for Religious Freedom, serving as the IARF American Chapter President from 1981 to 1984, and traveling to Europe several times.

Closer to home, he founded the original Queens chapter of Amnesty International during the 1970s, and served on the boards of the Queens Historical Society, the Queens Council of Churches, and the Queens Network for Intergroup Harmony.

Olav Nieuwejaar remembers Bob as “a wonderful man with a keen intellect and a great sense of humor, especially in the form of a practical joke.” Once, in an attempt to prove the uselessness of the self-proctored psychology test then used by the UUA for screening prospective ministers, he and some fellow Crane students together took the test as one person, creating a character with a real name but a totally fictionalized history. Olav recalls, “…before very long, the test was removed from the list of hoops we had to jump through and the Department [of Ministry] got serious about psychological screening.”

Bob’s interests were deeply embedded in his work. He found joy within social justice work and preaching; was an avid article-clipper; and appreciated reading, writing, and music. His wife Wendy remembers Bob as one who was “always searching,” even in his final days.

He is survived by his wife, Wendy Moscow, to whom notes of condolence may be sent at 25-18 Union Street, #5E, Flushing, NY 11354. His memorial service was held on March 21, 2015 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Queens. Contributions in his memory are encouraged to the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, 689 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA  02139-3302 (

The Rev. Alfred James Norman Henriksen

The Rev. Alfred James Norman Henriksen died on June 24, 2017 at the age of 95.

He is survived by wife Georgianne DeClercq; children James Peter, Carl (Beverly Thacker), and Heidi (Neal Conner); grandchildren Eric (Emily), Nini, Teddy, Becca Reeve (Alec), Rueben Conner, and Bryce Conner; stepchildren Erika Sweet (Jeff) and Renee Ackley, and their children Kevin Sweet, David Sweet, and Stephanie Ackley; and four great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by first wife Ruth Baxter Henriksen.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pacific Unitarian Church, 5621 Montemalaga Dr, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275.

A memorial service will take place at 2pm on Sunday, August 13, 2017 at Pacific Unitarian Church (address above).

Notes of condolence can be sent to Georgianne DeClercq at 435 W 8th St #210, San Pedro, CA, 90731 and at

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

Margaret Hewett

uurmapaMargaret Hewett, 82, wife of the Rev. Phillip Hewett, died March 26, 2006 in Vancouver, BC. She was a birthright Unitarian in England, where she was national president of the Unitarian youth organization. A teacher and pre-school educator, she was active in peace, disarmament and international understanding, and received an outstanding service award from IARF. She was secretary to the board of the Vancouver Chamber Choir. She was a strong contralto, and also a vigorous hiker. For the last 25 years of her life she struggled courageously with the increasing ravages of rheumatoid arthritis. Margaret is survived by her husband of 55 years, two children and four grandchildren.

The Rev. Dr. Daniel Greeley Higgins, Jr.

The Rev. Dr. Daniel Greeley Higgins, Jr. died on June 9, 2017 at the age of 90.
He is survived by children Daniel G. Higgins III, Cynthia Westlake, Ann Spicer, and Kim Clark; grandchildren Caitlin Lankford, Skyler Westlake, and Shane and Aubree Clark; and great-grandson Myles Lankford. He was predeceased by wife of almost 60 years Jean, sister Charlotte Weems, two brothers who died in childhood, and grandson Austen Westlake.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Michaels Fire Dept., 1001 S. Talbot St, St. Michaels, MD 21663; and to the Rev. Dr. Daniel Higgins Scholarship Fund, c/o Barbara Baldwin, Meadville Lombard Theological School, 610 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605.
A memorial service is being planned for September, to take place at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Easton, MD.
Notes of condolence can be sent to 3444 Orange Wood Ct, Marietta, GA, 30062; and to
A more complete obituary will be forthcoming after biographical research has been completed.

Jean L. Higgins

Jean Higgins

Jean Higgins

Jean L. Higgins, 85, wife of the Rev. Dr. Daniel G. Higgins, Jr., died January 9, 2014, with her family by her side. She was born August 4, 1928 in Baltimore, MD, to Eugene and Pearl Scheufele. She attended the University of Maryland, earning a degree in social work, and later served as a social worker in Baltimore. While at the university, she met Dan and they were married September 11, 1954. They were married 59 years.

The Higginses served congregations in Lubbock, TX; Malden, MA; Easton, MD; and Salisbury, MD. In addition to parenting and church work, Jean enjoyed reading and art appreciation. She also was a bird watcher.

After retiring in 1987, they moved to Georgia, to be closer to their daughters, Cynthia and Ann. Jean lived at a memory care facility and Cynthia took Dan to see her every other day, since he no longer drove.

In addition to her husband, Jean is survived by her sister, Leslie Everheart of Kensington, MD; and her children: Cynthia Westlake of Marietta, GA; Daniel G. Higgins III of Milton, MA; Ann Spicer of Atlanta, GA; and Kim Clark of Houston, TX. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Shane and Aubree Clark, Caitlin Higgins and Skyler Westlake. She was predeceased by her parents; her brother, R. Wayne Scheufele; and her grandson, Austen Westlake

Jean donated her body to medical research. A celebration of life was held this past summer in Easton, MD.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggested that donations be made to: Cure Alzheimer’s Fund (, Anatomy Gifts Registry (, or the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Easton, 7401 Ocean Gateway, Easton, MD 21601.

Condolences may be sent to: Dan Higgins, 100 Whitlock Ave., Sullivan #1220, Marietta, GA 30064.

The Rev. Stewart E. Hild

Stewart Hild

Stewart Hild

The Rev. Stewart E. Hild, who devoted a life of service to parishes, local communities, and the wider UU movement, died on July 12, 2014 at the age of 90, after a brief illness.

Stewart E. Hild was born in Wilmington, Delaware, on March 3, 1924 to Edward and Grace Hild. He earned a B.S. degree at the University of Delaware in 1948 and an M.Div. degree at Drew University in 1951. He served in the Army Specialized Training Program during World War II.

Mr. Hild was ordained to the Methodist ministry in 1952 and served the Community Methodist Church in Massapequa, Long Island, from 1951 to 1956. After shifting to Unitarian ministerial fellowship in 1956, he filled two long pastorates, first at the Unitarian (now UU) Congregation of Franklin, New Hampshire (1958-75) and then at All Souls UU Church in Watertown, New York (1975-89), where he was named Minister Emeritus upon retirement in 1989.

The Rev. Mr. Hild served the larger UU movement in several capacities: on the board of the UUA’s New Hampshire/Vermont District, as chairman of that district’s Extension Department, and as Selma Presence Representative for the UUA.

During his parish ministries, Mr. Hild was actively devoted to the work of many local and regional agencies. While in Franklin, he served as vice president of the New Hampshire Council on World Affairs, co-chair of the Mayor’s Committee on Drugs and Drug Abuse, director of the Lakes Region Mental Health Association, and assistant at the Peabody Home for the Aged. In Watertown he served on the boards of the Family Counseling Service of Jefferson County, the Women’s Center of Jefferson County, Project Children North in Watertown, the Urban Mission, and as president of the Community Action Planning Council of Jefferson County.

Stewart enjoyed travel, reading, and sports. While living in New Hampshire, he taught several classes in the History of Religion at Proctor Academy.

He is survived by his wife, Alma H. Hild, sons Edward and Thomas, grandchildren Jared, Cora, and Wyatt, and many cousins.

Notes of condolence may be sent to Alma H. Hild, 274 Schley Drive, Watertown, NY 13601.

The Rev. Christine Hillman

The Reverend Christine Hillman — student, teacher, mentor, lover of learning, religious educator, chaplain, preacher, feminist, Facebook frequenter, Canadian curling enthusiast, social justice promoter, and “a colleague’s colleague”—died peacefully from colon cancer on August 7, 2015, in Royal Oak, Michigan. She was 65.

Christine was curious, studious, and truly learned; conscientious, with a soul that ached at injustice; courageous and empathetic, having been schooled in the heartbreak of her own losses; kind, encouraging, and generous of heart and mind.  The Rev. Richard Nugent declared, “Ministry was in . . . [her] blood years before her ordination.”

Christine Edith Morr, born in Kokomo, Indiana, 29 September 1949, was the eldest child of Melba and Eugene Morr.  Initially drawn to nursing, Christine discovered she was meant to teach.  Following marriage to Arthur Hillman, and the arrival of their children, Christine brought her passion as an educator to motherhood, raising three “teacher’s kids.”  As a UU religious educator she led Renaissance Modules, was a trainer for the “Cakes for the Queen of Heaven” thealogy curriculum, and served on the RE Committee of the UUA’s Michigan District.  She also worked as a chaplain and adjunct professor before earning her M.Div. in 1999 at age 50.  Thereafter, as a parish minister, Christine served the UU Church of Olinda (Ruthven, Ontario) from 2001 until her death.  She served on the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Unitarian Council, and she chaired the Council’s Theological Education Funds Committee.

Christine is survived by her husband, Arthur Hillman, daughters Courtney, Lee, and Blythe Wood; granddaughters, Kaylee and Anaka Wood; sisters, Anne Morr and Susan Bienz; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held at Northwest Unitarian Universalist Church, Southfield, Michigan and the UU Church of Olinda, Ruthven, Ontario.

The Rev. Donald Manning Hinckley

uurmapaThe Rev. Donald Manning Hinckley, 88, died October 13, 2008 in Augusta Maine. He served parishes in Waterville, Pittsfield, West Paris, Auburn, Houlton and Worcester, MA, and most recently All Souls UU Church, Oakland, ME. He played tennis into his 84th year and was a student of opera and classical music. His wife, Rosalyn (Ingalls) Hinckley of Augusta, ME survives, as does a daughter, son, grandson and four granddaughters.

Rachel Thorpe Hoagland

Rachel Hoagland

Rachel Hoagland

Rachel Thorpe Hoagland, 92, widow of the Rev. Robert S. Hoagland, died November 30, 2010. She was a lifelong Unitarian. Rachel attended the Rhode Island School of Design. She shared her talents by teaching art classes to neighborhood kids, by sewing her family’s clothes, running her business Individuality (custom-made clothes), and designing outfits for her beloved modern dance group. After Robert died, the adventurer in her came out. Her travels took her camping and canoeing throughout the US and Canada and cruising around the world. She lived vigorously and with immense curiosity and wonder. Rachel was a role model for her many friends and colleagues, young and old alike. She was preceded in death by her husband and their daughter, Martha Hoagland. She is survived by her other three children: Alice Erickson, Anna Hoagland and Evan Hoagland and their spouses; by five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

The Rev. William L. Holden

uurmapaThe Rev. William L. Holden, 83, died on August 22, 2014.

William is survived by his wife, Sondra Smalley; children, William Lynn (Karin Lauria), Barbara Lynn, Michele Wallace (Doug Root), Sarah Merwin (Kedrik), and Doug Smalley (Sara); grandchildren, Madeline, Chloe, Jack, Isaac, and Bennett; sister, Nancy Gear; cousin, Beaulah Welch; and best friend (and brother of the heart), Joe Keating.

A memorial service was planned for October 4th at the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, 900 Mt Curve Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403. Rev. David Breeden will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Second Chance for Life Foundation ( or the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (

Notes of condolences may be sent to Bill Lynn, 12 Mountain Avenue, Marlborough, MA 01752.

[A more complete obituary will be forthcoming in several more weeks after biographical research has been completed.]

Robert Holler

Mr. Robert Holler, life partner of the Reverend Thomas Anastasi, died on October 30, 2016 at the age of 71. Bob made many friends at the congregations they served, especially at Shoreline, Washington and Goleta, California, where he and Thomas were married in August, 2013 — exactly 32 years after they met.

[A more complete obituary is pending.]

The Rev. Barbara E. Hollerorth

 uurmapaThe Rev. Barbara E. Hollerorth, 82, died April 14, 2009. A pastoral counselor and therapist, she studied sociology at the University of Iowa and University of Chicago before earning a master’s degree in theological studies from the Federated Theological Schools of the University of Chicago. She served with her husband, the Rev. Hugo J. Holleroth, as co-minister of education at the Union Church of Hinsdale, IL. She was serving the Lexington, MA church, when she created the well-known The Haunting House curriculum. She earned her Andover-Newton Theological School. She helped create the UU Pastoral Counseling Center of Greater Boston and became its first director. The Center provided a resource for UU ministers to refer parishioners for long-term therapy. She was a therapist at the Homophile Community Health Service and the Gender Identity Service. After retiring she studied photography and exhibited her work in the Boston area. Barbara is survived by her husband, and her daughters, Rachel Buerlen and Rebecca Hunter, and three grandchildren.

The Rev. Dr. Raymond Charles “Ray” Hopkins

Ray Hopkins

Ray Hopkins

The Rev. Dr. Raymond Charles “Ray” Hopkins, a Universalist minister who worked tirelessly for Unitarian and Universalist consolidation and served the merged Unitarian Universalist movement in several capacities thereafter, died peacefully in his sleep, aged 93, at his home in Saco Maine, on April 21, 2013.

Deeply devoted to his liberal religious tradition and beyond, Ray Hopkins served on every merger-related committee from 1946 until AUA-UCA consolidation was finally formalized in 1961, when he was appointed executive vice president of the newly created Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), serving in that position until 1974. During these years he was heavily engaged in the anti-war, feminism, and civil right movements, and served briefly on the Executive Committee of the International Association for Religious Freedom in 1969. His work on consolidation and later tenure at the UUA offered him the opportunity to meet some of his heroes, including Albert Schweitzer, John F. Kennedy, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Raymond Charles Hopkins was born in Danbury, CT on July 29, 1919 to Clarence and Mary Halstead Hopkins, and was raised in the Universalist church there. He began teaching Sunday school at age 15 and soon rose to local, statewide, and then national youth leadership positions. Drafted into the army as a conscientious objector in 1942 and honorably discharged with disability in 1944, Ray immediately began ministerial study at Tufts University. There he became a charter member of the Humiliati, a somewhat “maverick” but eventually influential group of Tufts students and recent alumni, who gathered in 1945 for study, fellowship, and Universalist renewal. Sometime after the group disbanded in 1954, Mr. Hopkins joined the Fraters of the Wayside Inn, an older study group of Universalist clergy on which the Humiliati had modeled their own organization.

Mr. Hopkins was graduated from Tufts with a B.A. in 1947 and S.T.B. in 1949. While still a student, he served ministries at Universalist churches in Canton (1944-45), Medford (1945-46), and Brockton, beginning the latter in 1946 and continuing on after graduation, where he was ordained in 1949 and served until 1961. In 1964, he was awarded an honorary Doctorate by Starr King School for the Ministry.

Ray Hopkins

Ray Hopkins at Ferry Beach

Ray Hopkins began a new chapter in 1974, when he became executive director of the Ferry Beach Park Association in Saco, Maine, providing that center for retreat and renewal with skillful leadership for ten years. (The image at right was taken there in 2012.) The Rev. Mr. Hopkins also served as minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Saco & Biddeford from 1975 to 1984. He was honored with the title of Minister Emeritus upon his retirement in 1984.

A memorial service was planned to be held in the summer of 2013 at Ferry Beach. In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to the Ferry Beach Park Association, 5 Morris Ave, Saco, Maine 04072.

Notes of condolence may be sent to Linda Hopkins at 8 Morris Ave., Saco, Maine 04072.

The Rev. Dr. Leon C. Hopper Jr.

Leon Hopper

Leon Hopper

The Rev. Dr. Leon Hopper, whose deep institutional dedication to liberal religion and social justice undergirded a thirty-nine year career that embraced parish ministry, local community service, leadership in national UU youth organization, ministerial education, and international interfaith work, died on June 19, 2016, aged 89, after many years of living with Parkinson’s disease.

As he moved out from local parish and community service to continental and international UU arenas over the years, the Rev. Mr. Hopper earned wide and beloved praise as a “minister to ministers.” He was long a dedicated supporter of the International Association for Religious Freedom. He served terms as a UUA trustee and as president of the continental UUMA, and was instrumental in conceiving and setting up the UUMA’s CENTER program (Continuing Education Network for Training, Enrichment, and Renewal). A dedicated advocate for the ministerial vocation and an active friend to many UU seminarians, he chaired the Meadville Lombard Theological School Board of Trustees, was a member of the UUA Ministerial Aid Funds Committee, and served as Ministerial Settlement Representative for the Pacific Northwest District of the UUA. Leon Hopper received the UUA’s Distinguished Service Award in 1998 and was the Berry Street Essayist in 2001, speaking on “The Art of Ministry: Being and Doing Revisited.” In retirement, he was one of the founders of the UU Partner Church Council and served for ten years as its president and treasurer.

Leon and Dorothy Hopper

Leon and Dorothy Hopper

Unable to attend the pivotal Selma march, Mr. Hopper later spent two weeks in Selma living with a young black Presbyterian minister, working on voting rights and registration, participating in rallies, and allying himself with other movement ministers and leaders. He was deeply disturbed by the entrenched prejudice, racial inequality, and discrimination, not just in the South but throughout American society.

In local community service during his parish settlements, Leon helped establish the human service agency, Jeffco Support Inc. (now the Action Center) in Jefferson County, Colorado, to address human service needs. Later, in the Seattle area, he served as board member and president for the East King Council of Health and Human Services, president of Eastside Human Services Council, board member of Eastside Domestic Violence Program, and board member of the Center for Prevention of Sexual and Domestic Violence (now King County Sexual Assault Resource Center).

For his extensive and tireless devotion to these and other causes, the Rev. Mr. Hopper received two honorary doctorates — a D.D. from Meadville Lombard in 1981 and an S.T.D. from Starr King School in 1993.

Charles Leon Hopper, Jr., was born on February 21, 1927 to Charles Leon and Ethol [sic] Peterson Hopper. During his teen years as a Boy Scout, Leon developed a love of the outdoors, and his introverted character was nurtured by the solitude and immersion in nature that he found working as a fire lookout in the Cascade Range. After graduation from Roosevelt High School and eighteen months of service in the U.S. Navy, he returned to the Pacific Northwest for undergraduate study. While there, he attended Seattle’s University Unitarian Church and participated in the Channing Club youth group, where he met his future wife, Dorothy, and first heard a call to the ministry. In 1951, he received his B.A. from the University of Washington, he and Dorothy were married, and they headed off for Leon’s ministerial study at Harvard Divinity School, where he completed work for his S.T.B. in 1954.

Mr. Hopper’s parish service began in 1953, while still a seminarian, at the First Congregational Parish, Unitarian, of Petersham, Mass., where he was ordained the next year. After four years in Petersham, he moved to Boston in 1957 to take a position as Executive Director for the newly formed Liberal Religious Youth (LRY). Drawn back to the parish, he accepted a call to the Jefferson Unitarian Church of Golden, Colorado, serving there for the next thirteen years (1963-76). Some years later the congregation named their sanctuary in honor of his service there. Returning to Boston in 1976, the Rev. Mr. Hopper took an appointment as the UUA’s first Ministerial Education Director, a role he held for five years. In 1981, he accepted a call to serve East Shore Unitarian Church of Bellevue, Washington, and spent eleven years there before retiring from parish ministry in 1992 and being honored as East Shore’s Minister Emeritus.

Leon was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2002, and the next year he and Dorothy moved into Horizon House Retirement Community in Seattle, where tiered care would be available when needed. Never one to take illness as an excuse for idleness, Leon served at Horizon House on the Residents’ Council, chaired its Committee on Committees, and co-chaired the Hospitality and Opera Committees with Dorothy.

With mobility becoming more severely limited, Leon stayed connected with colleagues, friends, family, and the wider world through letters, emails, and visitors. He cherished friends who came regularly to read to him and help with email correspondence. Leon was genuinely interested the lives and activities of others and was always an engaged and attentive listener. When this quality was pointed out to him, he observed that it was likely a result of his introverted nature.

Leon Hopper

Leon Hopper

Leon was held in high esteem by his colleagues worldwide for his sincere collegiality, gentle honesty, and infectious optimism which sustained many colleagues through difficult times both in their ministries and personal lives. One colleague wrote, “You always rose above the gossip, politics and petty mean-spiritedness. Sometimes when I let a critical word slip, you taught me a better way with your silence.”

Cards and letters of admiration arrived regularly after Leon entered hospice care in March of 2016. He was truly surprised to learn of the far-reaching effect he had on people’s lives. In hearing letters of his profoundly positive impact, he would shake his head in humbled amazement, saying, “I never imagined.”

Leon is survived by his wife of 65 years, Dorothy; daughters, Sheridan Botts and Rachel Tucker; son, Chuck Hopper; and five grandchildren.

The Rev. Dr. C. Leon Hopper’s life was honored and memorialized on July 26, 2016, at the East Shore Unitarian Church in Bellevue, Wash, in a service co-led by his colleagues, the Rev. Barbara ten Hove and the Rev. Elaine Peresluha.

Contributions in Leon’s memory are encouraged to the Leon Hopper Scholarship Fund — — at the Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry.

Notes of condolences may be sent to Dorothy Hopper, 900 University Street, Horizon House, 4C, Seattle, Washington 98101, or to

Patricia Ann (McTigue) Houff

uurmapaPatricia Ann (McTigue) Houff, 81, died on September 16, 2012. Patty was born September 24, 1930. She was a life-long resident of Spokane, born as the first of three children to Mary and Tom Meagher. A graduate of Lewis and Clark High School and Stanford University, she worked as a fundraiser for Eastern Washington State College and as a residential realtor.

Patty was a persistent advocate for civic engagement and environmental preservation. She was active for many years with the League of Women Voters, the Spokane Mountaineers, the Spokane Unitarian Universalist Church, the Peace and Justice Action League and the Inland Northwest Land Trust, as well as many other civic associations. For nearly thirty years she was an active volunteer with the Dishman Hills Conservancy, and one of her proudest accomplishments was assisting in the creation of the “Dream Trail” in preservation of the Dishman Hills.

Patty was effective far beyond what her modesty admitted. She cultivated deep, enduring friendships; she was an exceptional mother and grandmother; and she was profoundly beloved.

Patty was married to James E. “Jim” McTigue for 21 years and the Rev. Dr. William “Bill” Houff for 36 years. She is survived by her husband, Bill Houff; her four children, Peggy McTigue, Kathleen McTIgue, Mike McTigue and Tom McTigue; sons-in-law David Miller and Nick Nyhart; three granddaughters, Hannah and Maris Nyhart and Annie McTigue; stepsons Greg and Rob Houff; her siblings Michael Meagher and Dr. Mary Meagher, sister-in-law Joan Meagher, niece Shannon Meagher and nephews Colin and Sean Meagher.

A Memorial Service in Patty’s honor was held on Friday, October 26, 2012, at 3:00pm at the Spokane Unitarian Universalist Church, 4340 W. Fort George Wright Drive, Spokane, WA 99224. Memorial gifts in Patty’s honor may be made to the Dishman Hills Conservancy for extension and preservation of the Dream Trail.

The Rev. Dr. William “Bill” Houff

Bill Houff

Bill Houff

The Rev. Dr. William “Bill” Houff, dedicated parish minister, activist against war and racism, devoted husband, and lover of the farming life and land from his youth, died, aged 85, on 26 January 2014 in hospice care at the Rockwood South Hill retirement facility in Spokane where he and his late wife, Patty, had lived for several years.

Growing up in very modest circumstances on a Shenandoah Valley farm during the Great Depression, Bill could remember his boyhood allowance of one penny a month and the coming of electricity to his family’s farm as a memorable event. In a very conservative religious environment, he recalled that there was little display of family affection or emotion and that his father was “a man of few words.” At his graduation from an unaccredited high school, Bill began driving a local school bus, having no clear sense of direction for his life. But when he heard by chance about a state-wide competition for a four-year chemistry scholarship at the College of William & Mary in “far away” Williamsburg, a native curiosity and a sense of adventure led him to enter . . . and to win! Against the hope of his parents that he would inherit the farm, they reluctantly helped him pack up his modest belongings in the family Hudson and drove him 160 miles to his new college home. Bill plaintively recalled that the moment when his parents said goodbye and headed their Hudson west back across the Blue Ridge to their farm was the moment when he became an “orphan.” Years later he spoke to a future ministerial colleague of the pain he still felt for the despair of his parents, who were sure that their son’s adult religious path had doomed his soul to eternal hell.

Even after breaking away from his austere boyhood environment, moving on through eighteen years of study and work in the field of chemistry, and finally serving thirty-five years in Unitarian Universalist parish ministry, Bill never lost the sense of deep connection to the land and to the life of self-sufficient independence. When the opportunity came in his forties to recover some of his childhood pleasure in farming and carpentry, Bill acquired acreage near Spokane, which he named “Still Point Farm,” and on which he constructed, by his own hands, a main house and several other outbuildings—work and ownership in which he took great pride and joy.

William Harper Houff was born on 27 April 1928 near the village of New Hope, Virginia, the only son of Harper P. Houff and Anna Elizabeth Wilberger. He took a B.S. in chemistry with Phi Beta Kappa honors from the College of William and Mary in 1950, earning living expenses by working all four years as a waiter at the Travis House, one of the colonial-style restaurants operated by Colonial Williamsburg, Inc. Despite a strong academic record, he always said he learned more in his Travis House experience than in his college course work. A brief marriage during his undergraduate years ended when his wife Lucille returned to the New Hope area with their infant son, Konrad, never more to be a part of Bill’s life. Mr. Houff went on to Michigan State University for graduate study in chemistry, earning an M.S. in 1952 and a Ph.D. in 1955. In Michigan he met and married Donna Hall, who became the mother of his second and third sons, Gregory and Robert.

Bill Houff

Bill Houff

Eschewing an academic career for the better-paying corporate world, Dr. Houff stayed on in Michigan for a first job out of school, but then took a new position in Albany, New York, where, driving around one day, he chanced upon a “Wayside Pulpit” sign in front of the local Unitarian church. Intrigued by its liberal message, after having had no church involvement since leaving home ten years earlier, he made some Sunday morning visits, quickly joined, and soon became an active lay leader. By the early 1960s, he had moved on to a research job with Shell Oil in the San Francisco Bay Area and to membership in the Mount Diablo UU church in Walnut Creek, where the ministerial leadership of the Rev. Aron Gilmartin and the proximity of a UU seminary led him toward serious interest in parish ministry. Mr. Houff earned his B.D. from Starr King School for the Ministry in 1964. Meanwhile his marriage to Donna ended in divorce.

Ordained to the Unitarian Universalist ministry in 1964, the newly Rev. Mr. Houff served the UU Fellowship of Redwood City, California, from 1964 to 1968, the UU Church of Shoreline, Washington, from 1968-1973, and then the UU Church of Spokane, Washington, in his longest settlement from 1973 to 1988, during which the congregation’s membership doubled. It was in Spokane that Bill finally met his soul mate, Patricia “Patty” Meagher McTigue, to whom he was married for more than thirty-five years until her death in 2012. In retirement, Bill and Patty enjoyed world travel.

Leaving the Spokane congregation as Minister Emeritus at age sixty, Mr. Houff moved on to a series of interim ministries at the First UU Church of Winnipeg, Manitoba (1988-89), the UU Church of Greensboro in Jamestown, North Carolina (1989-90), the UU Congregation of Asheville, North Carolina (1990-91), the Unitarian Church of Vancouver, British Columbia (1991-93) and the University Unitarian Church of Seattle, Washington (1997-99), having along the way qualified himself as an Accredited Interim Minister in 1992.

Mr. Houff was also active with the wider Unitarian Universalist network and with his colleagues in the UUMA. In 1964-65 he served as president of the Bay Area Ministers Association and as chair of the Pacific Central District Personnel Committee, and from 1967 to 1970 he chaired the Student Affairs Committee at Starr King School. In the early 1970s he served as the Ministerial Settlement Representative for the Pacific Northwest District, in which role he so impressed the ministerial search committee of the Spokane church that, at their request, he resigned that position to become their candidate for the Spokane pulpit.

In his Spokane ministry, he began preaching about spiritual growth and mysticism in what he called a “theological metamorphosis”—not abandoning but expanding his earlier scientific humanism—a journey on which he became a frequent workshop leader for ministerial colleagues and laypeople over the years. It was as a theme speaker for the Eliot Institute in 1984 with the title “Through the Eye of the Needle: Toward Oneness” that he began thinking about putting these insights into writing. The resulting book, Infinity in Your Hand: A Guide for the Spiritually Curious (Melior Publications, 1989), was republished under the UUA’s Skinner House imprint in 1990 and was widely used for adult study in UU congregations.

Bill Houff had a deep and long-standing commitment to social justice, which he in time came to see in a profoundly spiritual perspective. Early in his ministry he joined a huge turnout of Unitarian Universalist ministers in traveling to Alabama for the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery. Later he marched in a San Francisco protest of the Vietnam War and the use of napalm on Vietnamese civilians. In 1984, at the Spokane church, Bill delivered a sermon titled, “Silent Holocaust,” in which he described life-threatening negligence in the nuclear industry. The sermon served as a catalyst for his founding and leadership of the Hanford Education Action League (HEAL), a grassroots nuclear concern group, focused especially on dangerous practices at the nearby Hanford nuclear facility.

In later years, Bill and Patty were both active in community activities and Bill was honored for his service as a volunteer chaplain for Hospice of Spokane. For a time they shared a home with Patty’s mother, making it possible for her to live out her years, to the age of nearly 100, in the daily embrace of family.

The Rev. Marvin Evans, a long-time friend, offers this perspective:

“Bill at the Unitarian Church of Spokane and Bill at the Still Point Farm were in a very real sense not the same Bill Houff. When he spoke from the pulpit at the church and when he spoke at the feed store in Newport, you were experiencing two very different versions of William Harper Houff. These two versions blended together made for one of the most interesting people I have ever known.”

Bill Houff is survived by sons Konrad Crist, and Gregory and Robert Houff, by grandchildren Torin, Marina, and Trevor, and by several stepchildren, one of whom, Patty’s daughter Kathleen McTigue, is also a UU minister. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Anna Lee, and his wife, Patty.

A memorial service for the Rev. Dr. William Houff was celebrated on February 12, 2014, at the Unitarian Church of Spokane. Memorial gifts may be made to the Inland Northwest Land Trust, 33 W. Main Ave. Spokane, Wash, 99201-1017. Notes of condolence may be sent in care of Greg Houff, 1002 Golden Hills Drive, Cheney, Wash. 99004.

[Editor’s note — Some of the material in this obituary is drawn from a memoir written by the Rev. Marvin D. Evans, one of Bill Houff’s closest and longest-time friends. Mr. Evans’ full memoir may be found at this link.]

The Rev. Stephen Davies Howard

uurmapaThe Rev. Stephen Davies Howard, 78, died July 15, 2009, in hospice care, following a brief illness. Born in western Massachusetts, he was educated at American International College and Harvard Divinity School. He served churches in MA, then worked as an interim consultant for more than 18 UU churches. He was recently honored by the UUA for his 50 years of service. Stephen delivered his last sermon to his congregation in Palmer, MA on June 21, Father’s Day. His family says he was an avid reader, writer and outdoor enthusiast. He enjoyed local libraries, bookstores, and loved the beauty of the local countryside. Throughout his years, he enjoyed hiking with his dogs at Highland Pond, Notch Mountain, and the Warwick Swamp. He was inspired by reading the writings of Thoreau, Robert Frost, and Emily Dickinson. An ardent football fan, he followed Greenfield High School, local college and Patriots games. More than anything else, he said he loved having time with his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Ann, to whom he was married for 50 years, their three children, Catherine Howard Nicholas, Elisabeth Davies Howard, Matthew Anson Howard and his wife, by five grandchildren, and his brother and sister-in-law, and a nephew and a niece.

The Rev. Dr. Charles A. Howe

Charles Howe

Charles Howe

The Rev. Dr. Charles A. Howe, 88, died August 10, 2010. He earned an AB in chemistry at UNC, Chapel Hill. He served in the US Marine Corps, then returned to UNC to earn his MA & PhD in chemistry. He worked for Merck and then taught at Clarkson College in Potsdam, NY. There the Howes became active members of the Universalist Church in Canton, NY. He went on to earn his BDiv at Meadville Lombard, which later awarded him an honorary Doctorate of Divinity. He served churches in TX, NY, NC. He was named minister emeritus by the Wilmington, NC church. He was interim minister for churches in VA, NY and FL. After his retirement, he was a member of the Chapel Hill and Raleigh, NC congregations. He served on the Commission on Appraisal and was a member of the UU Historical Society. He wrote a number of books, including The Larger Faith: A Short History of American Universalism. He was a lifelong advocate for social justice. He is survived by his wife, Ann Howe, his children, Judith Louise Howe and Marjorie Ann Howe Chenery (and their spouses) and David Darrow Howe and four granddaughters.

Carolyn Chance Howlett

Carolyn Howlett

Carolyn Howlett

Carolyn Chance Howlett, 89, widow of the Rev. Duncan Howlett, died Sept. 29, 2004 in Fryeburg, ME. She was one of only three females in her class at Yale Law School in 1938. She practiced law in New York City until she married. She was the first woman president of the International Association for Religious Freedom, making a number of trips including communist countries in Eastern Europe. She was honored for this with an honorary doctorate from the University of Chicago. She was active in community affairs in Center Lovell, ME. Her husband of 60 years died in 2003. She is survived by a brother, R. Robinson Chance; four children, Susan Hasty of Portland, ME; Albert of Falls Church, VA, Richard of Burke, VA, and Carolyn ‘Lynn’ Korth of Center Lovell, ME; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Marilyn Blitzstein Hromatko

uurmapaMarilyn Blitzstein Hromatko, 68, wife of the Rev. Dr. Wesley V. Hromatko, died of cancer Oct. 31, 2015 at Morningside Heights Care Center in Marshall, MN. She was born to Leland and Ellinore Blitzstein in Chicago on Dec. 17, 1946. She attended Bradwell Elementary and graduated from South Shore High in 1965. The city of Chicago gave her a citizenship award. Some of her most enjoyable experiences were at Camp Pinewood, MI.

Following graduation, she studied at Roosevelt University, then at Northern Illinois University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree. At NIU she had poetry — some in Latin — published in the literary journal Towers.

Marilyn received a master’s degree in English two years later, then studied at Kent State where she was a resident assistant during the campus disturbance there. Her role, as part of the residence hall team, was to help restore calm. Marilyn held a variety of jobs; her favorite was working at a summer camp in the Rockies. Marilyn loved the outdoors.

She enjoyed selling lamps, records, and books at Carson, Pirie Scott, & Company, where her grandmother, Emma Solomon, worked. She was a Girl Scout executive in the Chicago area and later was a YWCA program director. Marilyn then studied at Meadville Lombard Theological School and the University of Chicago. She met the Rev. Dr. Wesley Hromatko, while he was serving First Unitarian Church of Hobart, IN. They were married September 17, 1978.

Religion interested her but preaching didn’t. She taught church school and was involved with the Central Midwest District religious education library. Marilyn was one of the organizers of the Tri-State UU Gathering. Toward the end of her life she returned to studying Biblical language. She was widely read in many subjects. She helped edit a physics book Conceptual Physics by Paul Hewitt. She was also an amateur radio operator and she had a great interest in the natural sciences.

In Illinois, Marilyn visited Abraham Lincoln sites museums and the homes of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and author Ernest Hemingway. She was a member of the Chicago Art Institute and active in Independent Voters of Illinois. Sometimes she would meet Wesley at Chagall’s “American Windows.” While the Hromatkos lived in New England, they visited many historic sites, such as Robert Frost’s home in Derry, N.H.; the Freedom Trail with Old Ironsides, Plymouth, MA, Starr Island, Strawberry Bank, and Mystic Seaport, home of the last wooden whaler. They also visited the House of Seven Gables, Longellow’s birthplace and Cambridge home, Herman Melville’s farm, William Cullen Bryant’s farm, President Adams’ boyhood home and farm, and Concord where Emerson, Louisa May Alcott, and Henry David Thoreau lived. Marilyn loved the woods by Walden Pond. In high school she kept a picture of Walden in her room.

She came to the farm at Lake Wilson in 1990 when she and Wesley decided that they should stay to help his parents, A.J. and Maybelle Hromatko. The farm became home for her. She was active in the Grange there. She said it was the longest time that she had stayed in any one place. They went to Illinois to visit and help her mother several times. She is survived by her husband; her sisters Rabbi Ann Folb, Arlington, VA; Bonniejean (Mike Gualandi) Gualandi, Arizona City, AZ; her niece Leah and nephew Joshua; and brother Alan (Ellen) Learner, Tyler,TX; and a number or cousins.

Services were held Nov. 4 at Chandler Funeral Home, Chandler, MN. Interment will be at Mount Pisgah Cemetery in Hanska, MN, at a later date.

Notes of remembrance may go to Wesley Hromatko at 752 121st St., Lake Wilson, MN 56151.

The Rev. Dr. James D. Hunt

James Hunt

James Hunt

The Rev. Dr. James D. Hunt, 79, died January 12, 2011. He was a graduate of Tufts, Boston and Syracuse Universities. His first career was as a Universalist minister. The parts of being a minister he liked the best were studying and preaching. This led him to pursue a second career in teaching. He was a professor of ethics and religion at Shaw University, Raleigh, NC for nearly 30 years. His first major publication was a comparison of the lives of Martin Luther King and Mohandas K. Gandhi. He went on to write about the early life of Gandhi, an interest which culminated in the publication of four books. Jim had a passion for fairness and justice. He worked with Amnesty International, ACLU, Witness for Peace, Peace Action, CITCA, People of Faith Against the Death Penalty, and CORE. A devoted family man, Jim found time to enjoy cycling, reading, hiking, folk dancing, playing the recorder, singing and traveling. He is survived by his wife, his children, their partners and grandchildren.

The Rev. Kenneth R. Hutchinson

uurmapaThe Rev. Kenneth R. Hutchinson, 95, died April 21, 2005. He served congregations in Edwards, NY; La Crescenta, Pasadena, and Santa Monica, CA; Brattleboro, VT; Dexter, ME; and Cincinnati, OH. Upon his retirement in 1979, the UU Church of the Verdugo Hills in La Crescenta named him minister emeritus. He is survived by his son Stanley of Temecula, CA, and a daughter, Kimberley. He was predeceased by his wife, Pearl Knott Hutchinson, in 2004.

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The Rev. Dr. Mwalimu Imara

uurmapaThe Rev. Dr. Mwalimu Imara, 85, died on October 6, 2015.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Saburi; his children, Sala Hilaire (John), Hiari Imara, Akosua Davis (Tarik); seven grandchildren: Kidist Getnet, Aminah Hilaire, Nzinga Davis, Emeka Davis, Ashe Davis, Amirah Jabbie, and Kabiyesi Davis; nephews, Michael Van Smith and Marcus Smith; sister-in-law, Nia Latimore; cousins, Bobbie and Charles Pearson; and countless friends and loved ones.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Imara Center’s Rev. Dr. Mwalimu IPD Mentorship Program. The Imara Center, LLC is a behavioral health agency that provides quality behavioral health services and utilizes a trauma informed approach to empower individuals and their communities. The Rev. Dr. Mwalimu Imara IPD program is designed to provide mentorship to youths as they transition from adolescents to adulthood. The program was launched in 2015 in the legacy of Dr. Imara. Please make checks payable to the Imara Center, with “Mwalimu IPD Mentorship Program” written in the memo line, and mail checks to The Imara Center, LLC, 3915 Cascade Road, SW, Suite 205, Atlanta, GA 30331.

Condolences may be sent to Saburi Imara, 4550 Orkney Lane, SW, Atlanta, GA 30331.

[A more complete obituary is pending.]

The Rev. John Branch Isom

uurmapaThe Rev. John Branch Isom, 94, died April 23, 2004 following complications from surgery for a broken hip. He served congregations in Louisville, KY; Wichita, KS; and Des Moines, IA; and as an US Army chaplain during World War II. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Elien Newsome Isom; two daughters, Rose E. Bowser; Mary Elizabeth Isom; two granddaughters; and a sister Annabelle Garrison.

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Ingeborg Jack

Ingborg Jack

Inge Jack

Ingeborg Jack, 88, widow of the Rev. Homer Jack, passed away peacefully in her sleep at Kendal at Longwood, in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, on Sunday, January 17, 2016.

Inge, as she liked to be called, was born in Stuttgart, Germany, but spent her adult years living in the USA, Belgium, Switzerland, and Thailand. Her early memories are of hikes in the Black Forest, and singing folk songs with her family. Inge had a beautiful voice and was often asked to sing by school and town officials.

Before retiring, Inge worked for UNICEF in New York City. She helped establish two chapters of Amnesty International, and worked tirelessly supporting the work of her late husband, peace and human rights activist, Homer Jack. Upon Homer’s passing, she devoted her time lobbying for children living in war ravaged areas, and trying to eradicate the use of land mines (a cause she worked on with the late Diana, Princess of Wales); she was also concerned about global warming.

She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Homer Jack; her parents, Ernst and Auguste; a twin sister, Majella; a younger sister, Helma; as well as her beloved brother, Herbert. She leaves behind her daughter, Marianne, married to Chris Thatcher; as well as two other daughters, Renate and Sigrid; and five grandchildren, Annemarie (Georg), Mark (Jen), Robert (Karoline), “Mac”, and Jasmine. She also has five great-grandchildren: Sophie, Alastair, Julian, Edward, and Emily. She is survived by a sister, Majella Kolb.

The family of Ingeborg would like to thank the staff at Kendall for welcoming Inge like a family member, for the past ten years, and for the respect and loving care they gave her.

A Celebration of Life was scheduled for Sunday, January 24, 2016 at Kendal at Longwood, Kennett Square, PA.

Arrangements are by the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home, Kennett Square, Pa. Online condolences may be made by visiting

The Rev. Donald J. Jacobsen, Sr.

uurmapaThe Rev. Donald J. Jacobsen, Sr., 85, died on January 6, 2013. Rev. Jacobsen was born in Brooklyn, NY on November 17, 1927 to Mina and Frederick Jacobsen. He attained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Hamilton College in 1950. In 1952, he went on to earn a Master of Arts from Columbia University. Finally, he received his Master of Divinity from St. Lawrence Theological School in 1955.

Rev. Jacobsen was ordained at the Unitarian Church of Fort Worth, TX on October 18, 1955. He was first called to serve the Unitarian Church of Fort Worth in 1955 and he stayed there until 1957. From 1962-1965, he served the Neighborhood Church of Pasadena, CA as their Minister of Education. He was then called to the First Universalist Society of Chicago, IL and served as their minister from 1954-1970. Lastly, from 1970 until his retirement in 1987, he served as Minister of Education to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, GA.

Proudly dedicated to the denomination, Rev. Jacobsen was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers’ Association (UUMA), the Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA), the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), the Unitarian Universalist Women’s Federation (UUWF), the Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF), and the friends of Religious Humanism FRH). He also served as Chairman of the Social Responsibility Committee of the Central Midwest District.

Throughout his life, Rev. Jacobsen played an active role in the civil rights struggle. He worked as a volunteer with the NAACP and the American Friends Service Committee Job Opportunities Program; and served as the Chicago Area Coordinator for the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights. He was also a member of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the National Abortion Rights Action League.

In addition to his ministerial career, Rev. Jacobsen taught elementary school, worked in psychiatric hospitals, and served in the Hospital Corps of the United States Navy.

In an autobiographical piece entitled, “Religious Odyssey,” Rev. Jacobsen writes:

What is important for me religiously is intelligent caring concern – attempting to love more fully and more helpfully to empower others to fulfill themselves, and to attempt to find ways where this kind of caring becomes more of a force in our congregation, in our community, in our nation, and in our world.

Rev. Jacobsen is survived by his wife, Ann Ehrlich; daughter, Karen Jacobsen-Mispagel; son, James Jacobsen; and grandchildren, Heather Mispagel Ganio, Benjamin Mispagel, and Elizabeth Jacobsen. His son, Donald Jacobsen, Jr., predeceased him.

A memorial service was planned for Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, 1911 Cliff Valley Way NE, Atlanta, GA 30329.

Notes of condolence may be sent to Dr. Karen Jacobsen-Mispagel at 1120 Cherokee Circle, Athens, GA 30606.

The Rev. William Richard Jacobsen

uurmapaThe Rev. William Richard Jacobsen, 74, died Nov. 2, 2006. As a teenager, Bill began studying to become a Lutheran Minister, and graduated from Concordia College. By then he had found the Unitarian tradition and attended Meadville Lombard. He served churches in Brooklyn, NY, Pittsburgh, PA, Canton, MA, and Bloomington, IL; and Palo Alto, CA. He was executive director of the Humanist Community in Palo Alto. Bill had a keen sense of humor, a true joy for life, and an ongoing enthusiasm for knowledge. He was an avid reader and enjoyed sharing his extensive knowledge. He was a gifted speaker. Bill believed in social change as a way to benefit all of humanity. He loved nature and hiked all over the Bay Area. He was particularly fond of Mount Montara in Pacifica. He is survived by his children, Juli Jacobsen of San Lorenzo and Eric Jacobsen of Pacifica; and by his former wife and dear friend, Dianne Jacobsen, of Palo Alto. A memorial service was held Nov. 19, 2006 at the UU Church, in Palo Alto.

The Rev. Arthur Jellis

uurmapaThe Rev. Arthur Jellis, 80, died May 28, 2004 of a cerebral aneurysm. He served congregations in Northborough, Concord, and Grafton, MA; Philadelphia, PA; Rockville and Lutherville, MD; Houston, TX; and Ottawa, ON. Survivors include five children: Julie Anne Medjanis of Harvard, MA; Jennifer J. Burke of Ayer, MA; Cassandra J. Werthman of Jackson, TN; Joshua C. Jellis of Freeport, ME; and Susan J. Veligor of Portland, ME; four stepchildren; eight grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; a brother, Leonard Jellis of Peabody; and a sister, Christiana E. (Betty) Kirkland of Concord, MA.

The Rev. Janet Boykin Johnson

Janet Johnson

Janet Johnson

The Reverend Janet Boykin Johnson, social worker and activist, chaplain, spiritual director, and parish minister, died at age 72 on March 25, 2015.

Janet was born on 4 June 1942 to Thelma and Hubert Dallas. She earned a B.A. from Hunter College in 1966 and an MSW from the University of Chicago in 1972. In a first career, Janet was a social worker in the Chicago Public School System for 18 years. During that time, Janet was also an active member of the First Unitarian Society of Chicago, and caretaker to two grandsons, whom she adopted, Jason Johnson and (the late) Justin Johnson.

Janet was very involved in community affairs, and ministered to the public long before receiving fellowship. While living in Chicago, she was on the Board of Directors of the River Oaks Towne Houses Cooperative and was a member of Amnesty International. Also during this time, from 1975 to 1992, she served as host and program coordinator of the international nonprofit, Experiment in International Living. Her duties included hosting exchange students from Germany, Japan, Mexico, and Brazil. After moving to California, Janet sat on several pastoral care hospital boards, and co-managed a clothing store operated by the Chaplaincy for the Homeless.

She went on to attend Starr King School for the Ministry, and graduated with a Master of Divinity in 2002. Ms. Johnson was ordained in 2002 by the First Unitarian Society of Chicago, Illinois. Subsequently, she served as a chaplain to cancer patients at a hospital in Richmond, CA. She left the hospital in 2004 and started a private spiritual direction practice. From 2004 to 2007 she worked in the practice and as a part time minister to the Mt. Diablo Church of Walnut Creek, CA. In 2008 she took a position as consulting minister to the UU Church of Cortland, NY, serving there until her retirement in 2013.

Janet enjoyed camping, knitting, crocheting, reading poetry, and listening to music

Janet is survived by her two daughters, Kimari Johnson and Kairis (Boykin) Bonella; her grandsons, Jason Johnson, Joseph Clayton, Jr., Johann Curry, Nieko Bonella, Angelo Bonella and Anton Klinnert; a son-in-law, Valentin Klinnert; step-children, Michele Freeny and Teren Johnson; first cousin, Thelma Williams and many distant cousins.

A memorial service was held at on Saturday, 4 April 2015 at the First Unitarian Church of Ithaca NY. For more information about where to send cards, flowers, and/or donations, please e-mail

Eliza Jones

uurmapaEliza Jones, spouse of The Rev. Walter Royal Jones, died June 3, 2004 of complications following surgery. Roy and several family members were at her bedside in her last moments. A memorial service was held in early in July at the Foothills Church in Fort Collins, CO.

The Rev. Elizabeth S. Jones

uurmapaThe Rev. Elizabeth S. Jones, 79, died April 14, 2006 of hepatoma. She received a Master of Divinity at Starr King and a Doctorate of Ministry at San Francisco Theological Seminary. She was ordained by the Unitarian Church, Santa Barbara CA, and served the UU Church in Idaho Falls, ID. She was named minister emeritus by the UU Church of Livermore, CA. Surviving are her husband Jeffrey P. Lambkin, and four children: Stephen, Nancy, David and Susan, all of California. A memorial service was held April 25 in the Atrium of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkley, Kensington, CA.

The Rev. Walter Royal Jones, Jr.

Walter Royal Jones

Walter Royal Jones

The Rev. Walter Royal Jones, Jr., 90, died April 30, 2010. He earned degrees from Brooklyn College and Union Theological Seminary. As a conscientious objector, he served a year in prison rather than go to war. His ministry included churches in MA, NY, VA and CO. Among his many accomplishments he chaired the UUA Commission on Religion and Race and participated in the civil rights March on Washington and in Birmingham and Selma, AL, and McComb, MS. Roy chaired the UUA’s Committee on Purposes & Principles. He was given the Award for Distinguished Service to the Cause of UUism. His volunteer work included ACLU, Planned Parenthood. He loved music, and trains. He was predeceased by his first wife, Mary Elizabeth Lyons, and his second wife, Eliza Craddock East, and two children, Catherine Ellen and Thomas Philip. He is survived by four children: Walter Royal Jones III, Christine Elizabeth Jones, Carol Ann Jones Conley, and Linda Susan Jones Bothe, their spouses, three stepsons, ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

The Rev. Dr. William Ronald Jones

William Ronald Jones

William Ronald Jones

The Rev. Dr. William Ronald Jones died on July 13, 2012 at the age of 78. Rev. Jones was born in Louisville, KY on July 17, 1933 to Henry and Lannie (Brogsdale) Jones. Rev. Jones attained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Howard University in 1955. He then went on to earn a Master of Divinity from Harvard University in 1958, and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Brown University in 1969.

Rev. Jones was ordained by the Unitarian Society of Wellesley Hills, MA on June 15, 1958. From 1958-1960, he was the Assistant Minister and Director of Religious Education at the Church of the Mediator (now the First Unitarian Universalist Church) in Providence, RI. From 1977-2012, he served as a community minister at Florida State University. Notably, he was a member of the UUA Board of Trustees from 1993-2000, and worked with the Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA) to develop resources for professional religious educators.

Rev. Jones authored articles regarding oppression and the church’s role in social change. His work has been the subject of a vast number of newspaper and journal articles as well as dissertations. In 1978, he co-edited Black Theology II, and in 1973, Beacon Press published Rev. Jones’ controversial piece, Is God A White Racist? A Preamble to Black Theology.

In his seminal work, Is God A White Racist?, Rev. Jones introduced the thesis for his life’s work:

“It has often been said that asking the right question is as important as supplying the correct answer. Whether correct or incorrect, this generalization describes the purpose in the following pages. To paraphrase Kant’s admonition, my objective is to force the black theologians and their readers to pause a moment and, neglecting all that they have said and done, to reconsider their conclusions in the light of another question: Is God a white racist? My concern throughout is to illuminate the issues this pregnant question introduces into the arena of black theology and religion. The black theologian, I contend, cannot avoid this issue of divine racism, because it is implicit in his theological method, purpose, and content.”

An internationally recognized and celebrated activist, scholar, philosopher, theologian, and educator, Rev. Jones dedicated his long career to the analysis and methods of oppression, and to working with others in their anti-oppression initiatives. A fundamental part of his work was the exploration of religious humanism and liberation theology.

William Ronald Jones

William Ronald Jones

Rev. Jones’ academic and professional endeavors were broad and vast. He helped found and became the Director of the Department of African-American Studies as Florida State University. He was also an associate professor at Yale Divinity School, a visiting lecturer at Howard University, and a visiting professor at Brown University, Princeton University, and Union Theological Seminary, among others. Some of his professional affiliations included the American Academy of Religion, the American Humanist Association, the American Philosophical Association, the Religious Education Association, the Society for the Study of Black Religion, the Society for the Study of Christian Ethics, and the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association (UUMA).

Rev. Jones received a vast number of awards over the years including the Urban League Family of the Year Award (1963), the Richard Allen Award (1972), Yale’s A. Whitney Griswold Award (1974), the Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Scholar Award (1986), the Bragg Humanist of the Year Award (1989), the American Humanist Association Humanist of the Year (1992), the UUA’s Holmes Weatherly Award (1995), and the African American Culture and Philosophy Award (1996), to name just a few.

Rev. Jones is survived by his former wife of 35 years, Lauretta H. Jones; sons Jeffrey Jones, Esq. and Darrell Jones; brother, Cecil Jones; sister, Gilmer Jones Callender; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

A celebration of the life of the Rev. Dr. Jones was held on August 19, 2012 at 2 p.m. at the Nancy Smith Fichter Theatre in Montgomery Hall at Florida State University, 130 Collegiate Loop, Tallahassee, FL 32306.

Notes of condolence may be sent to The Jones Family, 2410 Limerick Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32309.

The Rev. Dr. Jones is, perhaps, most lovingly remembered for a principle by which he lived: “You show your love through actions, not words alone.”

The Rev. Alfred D. Judd

uurmapaThe Rev. Alfred D. Judd, 81, died February 6, 2007 of a heart attack. He spent three years in the Army in Europe during World War II before graduating from St. Lawrence University and Theological School. He served churches in Fall River, MA; Clarklake and Horton, MI; Claremont, NH; East Greenwich, RI, and Lubbock, College Station and Houston, TX, where he was named Emeritus in 1985. Al and Patricia moved to Santa Fe, NM in 1987. Al is remembered as a man of moderation, good will, good cheer, and simple goodness. He loved steam trains and for many years worked as a volunteer on the Cumbres and Toltec Restoration Project in the Southwest. He built model trains, a creative designer and builder. One of Al’s great pleasures was being a mentor at the Cesar Chavez Elementary School in Santa Fe. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; three children: Karen, Rebecca and Taylor; three stepsons: David, Jeffrey and Gregory White and their families; four grandchildren and three great grandchildren. A Memorial Service was held March 2.

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The Rev. Hvezdon “Don” Kafka

Hvezdon Kafka

Hvezdon Kafka

The Rev. Hvezdon “Don” Kafka, 86, died at his home in Marlborough, MA March 16, 2008. As a child, he attended the Rev. Norbert Capek’s church in Prague where Rev. Capek celebrated the first flower communion, a ritual now practiced widely throughout our denomination. Don was a scholar and a gifted pastor whose extraordinary life experience helped him to assist others through difficult times. The Rev. Tom Rosiello, who serves the Stow and Acton church, described him as a real inspiration, saying, “In spite of the many physical challenges Rev. Kafka faced over the last several years, he remained positive in spirit and strong in his faith and always offered words of support and encouragement to me for my ministry at the church.  It was an honor for me to learn from him and get to know him.”

Vera Kafka

Vera Kafka

Vera Kafka

Vera Kafka, 86, widow of the Rev. Hvezdon Kafka, died February 28, 2010. Born in Prague, she survived the Nazi occupation and emigrated to the US in 1945. The Kafkas embodied the American Dream, coming to this country with just their suitcases. With hard work and a frugal lifestyle they were able to put their sons through college. She managed the school lunch program in Stow, MA, and managed a women’s clothing store, ran the ladies section in a department store, and was once the nanny to the family of Dr. Edward Teller (father of the A-bomb). She deftly managed the responsibilities of being a mother, a minister’s wife, and a wage earner. She was an active member of the First Parish Church of Stow & Acton. After retiring she enjoyed traveling, golf, bridge, knitting, sewing and needlepoint. She is survived by her sons, Jason and Thomas Kafka, a daughter-in-law and three grandchildren.

Charles Kahn-Schneider

uurmapaCharles Kahn-Schneider, 86, husband of the Rev. Joan K. Schneider died in early August, 2006. Charlie was a chemist who worked for Mead Paper Co. before changing careers to become a college science teacher. He followed Joan in her ministries, finding jobs where she went: Farmington, MI; UUA Director of Ministerial Education in Boston; Mentor, OH, Albany NY, and interims in NH, CT, TN, and SC. He leaves his wife and six children, Sandy Uhrig of CA; Carol Peindl of NC; Dave Friedman of CA; Jim Friedman of OH; Robin Guethlein of KY; and Jerri Menaul of FL.

The Rev. Joan Kahn-Schneider

The Rev. Joan Kahn-Schneider died on June 18, 2017 at the age of 86.

She is survived by children David Friedman, Jim Friedman, Robin Guethlein, and Jerri Menaul; eight grandchildren; and sister Lu Cohen.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the UUA Living Tradition Fund.

A memorial service is being planned for July, to take place at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville, 409 E Patterson St, Hendersonville, NC, 28739. There will also be a small gathering in Cincinnati, OH.

Notes of condolence can be sent to

A more complete obituary will follow.

The Rev. Mary M. Kapper

uurmapaThe Rev. Mary M. Kapper died on November 25, 2011. She was 86 years old. Rev. Kapper was born in Brooklyn, NY on June 11, 1925 to Willard B. and Genevieve (Brady) Kapper. She graduated from St. Joseph’s College in 1947, and attained her Masters of Social Work from Case Western Reserve University in 1978. She received her Masters of Divinity from Starr King School for the Ministry in 1988.

Rev. Kapper was ordained by the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists on May 14, 1989. She was called to serve the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Mankato and the Nora Unitarian Universalist Church in Hanska from 1990-1991. She was a community minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley from 1991-2001. She also served as a hospice chaplain for Pathways Hospice and Home Health in Oakland, CA. In 2002, Rev. Kapper became a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron and served as the church’s Social Justice Chair from 2006-2007.

Rev. Kapper was involved in many social causes, working tirelessly to promote the civil rights of women and minorities. She helped to establish Akron Women Against Rape in 1974.

Rev. Kapper is survived by her son, John Barry and his wife, Rosemary; her son, Tom Barry; her son, James Barry; her daughter, Mary Ann Seiberling; her son, Matthew Barry and his fiancé, Chris; her son, Daniel Barry; her daughter, Jeannine Marks and her husband, Steve; her daughter, Maureen Rocha and her husband, Rodrigo; ten grandchildren; and seven great- grandchildren.

Rev. Kapper was preceded in death by a son, Mark Barry; and a daughter, Claire Simpson.

Family and friends paid their respects to the memory of Rev. Kapper on November 30, 2011 at Fairlawn West United Church of Christ in Akron, OH. Donations in Rev. Kapper’s memory may be made to Summa Hospice and Pallative Care Center, Founda- tion Office, P.O. Box 2090, Akron, OH 44398-6453.

Arlene Shaw Kaufmann

Robert F. Kaufmann and Arlene Shaw Kaufmann

Bob and Arlene Kaufmann

Arlene Shaw Kaufmann, 86, widow of the Rev. Robert F. Kaufmann, died Sept. 1, 2013, in Bellevue, WA. Her health had started to decline last December. The Kaufmanns served churches in CA, FL, MN and NY.  Bob was a parish minister and also served several interim ministries. Arlene is survived by her children, Susan S. Kaufmann and Richard Kaufmann, by her two grandchildren and her daughter-in-law.

Her daughter described Arlene as a “perpetual student.” She studied nutrition and nursing. She enjoyed playing bridge and participating in her book club. She was a serious walker, who clocked four miles a day.  The Kaufmanns became interested in patent medicines. They donated their extensive collection of elixirs and “fake cures” to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.  Arlene was also an avid postcard collector.

She and Bob were active in UURMaPA and enjoyed the occasional get-together. Arlene was a very social person.  One friend says, “Arlene was a bright, charming, and racious woman who collected many things including friends and bracelets of all sizes and descriptions. I will miss her.”

Notes of remembrance may be sent to Arlene’s daughter:  Susan Kaufmann, 13825 SE 60th St., Bellevue, WA 98006. A memorial service to celebrate Arlene’s life was held on Sunday, October 27, 2013 from 2:30-5 p.m. at East Shore Unitarian Church, 12700 SE 32nd St., Bellevue, WA.

The Rev. Dr. Robert F. Kaufmann

Robert Kaufmann

Bob Kaufmann

The Rev. Dr. Robert F. Kaufmann, 89, died December 21, 2010 of bone cancer. He joined our ministry in midlife having been a comic book writer, a school registrar, a motion picture promoter and a diamond cutter in his teen and early adult years. He also was a comedy writer. For thirty years he served UU congregations across the country and around the world as both a settled and interim minister. He was named minister emeritus by the Long Beach, CA church. Bob also worked tirelessly to support the Ethical Culture Charter School Foundation in New York City. He called the last year of his life his most productive. At the time of his death he had just completed a book entitled I Love You, I Think, Or I Would If I Knew What It Meant: 27 Chapters of Wit & Wisdom on Life, Laughter, and Love ( He is survived by his wife Arlene Kaufmann, their children Richard and Susan Kaufmann, their daughter-in-law and two grandchildren.

The Rev. Byron E. Kelham

uurmapaThe Rev. Byron E. Kelham died in Pueblo, Colorado, on April 14, 2013, at the age of 86. Devoted to community service and the larger cause of social justice, Mr. Kelham found meaning in serving on the boards of the Danbury, Conn, branch of the NAACP and the Human Relations Council. He also chaired the Chaplains’ Association of the Carnegie Institute of Technology.

Of the roles of minister and congregation, the Rev. Mr. Kelham once wrote:

“. . . it is the prime function of the church to help its members find a core of meaning around which the various fragments of their lives may be unified. Ideally, the minister should exemplify such a unified, “whole” life. Out of the strength and experience this gives him, he should, by means of ritual, preach- ing, and counseling, help others to achieve the same. . . . In so doing, the church and minister must at times vigorously protest and seek to correct those elements in our society, those demands, which are truly incompatible with such wholeness; prejudice, injustice, etc.”

Byron Elwood Kelham was born in Troy, Idaho, on February 28, 1927 to Edward and Alva Cartwright Kelham. He earned a B.Sc. from Lewis & Clark College in 1952 and a B.D. from Starr King School for the Ministry in 1955, and was ordained at the First Unitarian Church of Dallas on October 17, 1955. Among the churches he served before retirement in 1992 were the First Unitarian Church of Pittsburg (1964-68) and the First Unitarian Society of Pueblo, Colorado (1981-88).

Byron Kelham is survived by his wife, Ethyl Kelham; daughters, Rebecca Claussen, Cara Henderson, and Leslie Kelham; seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Society for Ministerial Relief, c/o Glen Snowden, Secretary, 34 Meeting House Lane, #201, Stow, Mass, 01775.

Notes of condolence may be sent to Leslie Kelham, 135 Vernon Pl., Pueblo, Colorado 81004.

Doris McBride Kellison

uurmapaDoris McBride Kellison, 94, widow of the Rev. Walter E. Kellison, died February 19, 2011. The Kellisons served congregations in ME, MI and IA while they reared three children. A graduate of the Rochester Business Institute, Doris used her secretarial skills, first doing church work and then transcribing medical records. She went on to become the secretary for an internal medical practice for many years. She was a reader, who enjoyed good conversation. She also loved to walk. She liked to cook and was an avid recipe collector. She enjoyed growing basil and parsley in her garden to add her own touch to meals. Late in life she took up doing crosswords and double crostics. She was predeceased by her husband and by her daughter, Judith. She is survived by her children, Walter and Kathy, her daughter-in-law, two granddaughters and a great granddaughter.

The Rev. Richard G. Kimball

uurmapaThe Rev. Richard G. Kimball, 72, died June 23, 2007. He served congregations in Hingham, Westborough, Somerville, Billerica, Fitchburg, Woburn, Boston, West Roxbury and Essex, MA. He also served the Stockport, England, Unitarian Church. He was named minister emeritus by Theodore Parker UU Church, West Roxbury, in 1985 and by the First Universalist Church of Essex in 2004. He was a member of the UU Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns Committee, the Religious Arts Guild, the Interfaith Committee, the Visiting Nurses Association, and the Aids Action Committee among others. A gifted teacher, he was an instructor of Psychology at Bunker Hill Community College, Mass. Bay Community College, Newbury College and Berklee School of Music. His wife, Deirdre Kimball, and son Jordan Kimball survive him. A memorial service was held at Goddard Memorial Chapel, Tufts University, Medford, MA.

The Rev. Dr. Robert “Bob” Charles Kimball

The Rev. Dr. Robert “Bob” Charles Kimball died on May 29, 2017 at the age of 88.
He is survived by children Seth, Jeanette, Amy, and Paul; and six grandchildren. He was predeceased earlier this year by wife of 65 years, the love of his life Lorna Jean Thomas.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that contributions be made to the charity of one’s own choosing, though specific donations to Starr King School for the Ministry are also welcomed.
There will be no formal memorial service, but a barbeque is being planned whereat family and friends can gather in remembrance of Bob.
Notes of condolence can be sent to, where they will be gathered and sent to the family.
A more complete obituary will be forthcoming after biographical research has been completed.

The Rev. Dorothy Wilson Kimble

Dorothy Wilson Kimble

Dorothy Wilson Kimble

The Rev. Dorothy Wilson Kimble, 69, died at home July 1, 2011 from pancreatic cancer. First trained as an RN, she said she grew up between the era of June Cleaver and the expectations and opportunities available to women today. She worked on medical and surgical hospital floors, as a visiting nurse, school teaching nurse and psych nurse. Dot went on to earn her BA from Framingham State College and her M.Div. from Andover Newton. She served churches in Northboro, MA; Marlboro, MA; Augusta, ME and Groton, MA. She is believed to be the first UU woman minister to be called to a permanent settlement in the state of Maine. She also served several parishes as an interim minister. She wrote poetry, sermons, nursing articles and had her work Sacred Trust: Ministering to Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse published by the Alban Institute. Dot served as a Caring Network Contact for UURMaPA in our Connecticut Valley Region. She is survived by her husband, Stanley Kimble, and their daughters, Diane Kimble Willcutts and Laurie Kimble, and three grandchildren.

The Rev. Dr. Webster Lardner Kitchell

uurmapaThe Rev. Dr. Webster Lardner Kitchell, 71, died on February 9, 2009 of complications from Parkinson’s disease. He served churches in NYC, Kirkwood, MO, Houston, TX, and Santa Fe, NM. The Santa Fe congregation named him minister emeritus. He was active in the UU Historical Society. His community activities included The Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy, the Kirkwood, Missouri Ministerial Alliance, and president of the Committee for Responsible Citizenship. He loved cars from his first, a ’34 Ford convertible which he got when he was 19, to his last, a convertible Mustang. He was preceded in death by his wife of 23 years, Nancy Gay Mottweiler Kitchell. He is survived by his children Catherine, David and Benjamin, three stepchildren, three grandchildren and one step-grandchild, his companion, Nancy Driesbach, and his eldest brother, Frank.

Ruth Gregory Knapp

uurmapaRuth Gregory Knapp, 82, widow of the Rev. Calvin Knapp, died in a motor vehicle accident June 8, 2007 on a family vacation to the Grand Canyon. The Knapps had served congregations in Quincy and Waltonville, IL, and Evansville, Terre Haute and Danville, IN. Ruth supported her husband’s ministry behind the scenes with everything from proofreading to research. She oversaw major church fundraising dinners and council of churches events. The family ran a travel agency and Ruth’s passion was planning and running motorcoach tours across the US and Canada with passengers from Nashville, through Kentucky and Evansville. Her favorite tour of them all was the New England Fall Foliage trip, which she directed for more than 25 years. She also enjoyed doing jigsaw puzzles. She is survived by their children: Gregory, Steven and Scott Knapp and Jane Knapp Walling; and by three grandchildren.

The Rev. Dr. Virginia Perin Knowles

Virginia Knowles

Virginia Knowles

The Rev. Dr. Virginia Perin Knowles, 87, died January 23, 2011 in Mitchellville, MD, following a long decline. She was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University. She also studied at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. The CIA recruited her to work with refugees and ex-patriots in Eastern Europe. Ginny worked in RE in Mt Vernon, VA and Bethesda, MD. She then worked with the Office (now Department) of Education as an international specialist. She went on to study for her D.Min. at Meadville Lombard and to serve churches in CA and PA. She became an accredited interim minister and served churches in IL, KY, NY, WI and MD. After retiring in 1992 she served the Lynchburg, VA congregation part-time for six years. She served on the governing board of the UUUN Office, Collegium and UUs for Social Justice. She is survived by her twins: Christopher (Kit) and Catherine Perin Knowles, of Tucson. She was predeceased by her son, Jeffrey.

Mary Sage Mackay Kring

uurmapaMary Sage Mackay Kring, 80, widow of the Rev. Walter Donald Kring, died August 20, 2011. She served as DRE at All Souls Church in New York City. A history buff, she enjoyed editing her husband’s books. Sage, as her family called her, was also a proponent of alternative medicine.

The Rev. Roger Otis Kuhrt

Roger Kuhrt

Roger Kuhrt

The Rev. Roger Otis Kuhrt, 70, died January 17, 2012. A native of Seattle, he earned his BA from Whitworth College, his MA from the University of Washington, and his PhD from Columbia Pacific University. He also studied at Washington State University. Originally ordained by the Disciples of Christ, he was called to serve the UU Congregation in Olympia, WA. He also served the Tahoma UU Congregation in Tacoma, WA. During his ministry, he was a consulting minister to several congregations in the Pacific Northwest District. Colleagues described him as a “lover of knowledge and seeker of truth.” He was a member of a number of professional, community, and religious organizations over the years, serving on the boards of many. Roger is survived by his wife, Pam Gill-Kuhrt; his daughters, Sharene Kuhrt-Nelson and Stacey Kuhrt; and a grandson.

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The Rev. Kenneth G. LaFleur

uurmapaThe Rev. Kenneth G. LaFleur, 81, died on December 5, 2015.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Helen Myrick LaFleur; daughter, Margaret LaFleur Asadoorian; sister-in-law Deborah Myrick Martin; several nieces and nephews; and many other family and friends. 

Notes of condolence may be sent to Helen LaFleur, P.O. Box 110, East Vassalboro, ME, 04935

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

The Rev. Edwin “Ed” A. Lane

The Rev. Edwin “Ed” A. Lane died on July 19, 2017 at the age of 89.

He is survived by wife Helen, sons Michael and John, four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Parish in Needham, 23 Dedham Ave, Needham, MA 02492.

A memorial service is being planned for the fall.

Notes of condolence can be sent to his widow, Helen, at or 66 Hastings St. Apt 106, Wellesley, MA 02481.

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

Regina Cary Lapoint

Regina Lapoint

Regina Lapoint

Regina Cary Lapoint, 95, died October 12, 2008, in Spokane, WA. She was the widow of Rev. George M. Lapoint, who died in 1969. She was a librarian and an active church member well into her 80’s. In 1953 her advent meditation “Waters of Life” was published by the Universalist press. She spoke at the 1995 GA in Spokane and was interviewed at that time by the Rev. Janet Bowering. Her parents, Henry and Maude Cary, were both Universalist ministers and missionaries, whose work took them to Japan. She is survived by her sons Justin and Elwyn.

The Rev. Dr. Spencer Lavan

uurmapaThe Rev. Dr. Spencer Lavan, 78, died on September 29, 2016.

He is survived by his wife Susan Lavan; his children Jonathan, Daniel (Deborah Berger), Timothy (Cindy), and Joanna; his grandchildren Anna, Isaac, Charlie, Peter, Lucia, and Malcolm; and his brother Lawrence.

His family plans to hold a private memorial service on a date to be determined.

   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Meadville Lombard Theological School.

   Condolences may be sent to Susan Lavan at 11 Cascos Way, Harpswell, ME 04079.

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

The Rev. Dr. Marjorie Newlin Leaming

Marjorie Leaming

Marjorie Leaming

The Rev. Dr. Marjorie Newlin Leaming, 95, died March 19, 2010. A graduate of Meadville Lombard, she was ordained in 1967. A UUWF survey on the status of women in our ministry in 1974 found that of the 750 ministers in fellowship, just 40 were women and of these, and only five had pulpits of their own. Marjorie was one of these, and she was one of a kind. Her fierce commitment to the UU ministry and to seeing that the worth of women clergy was recognized and granted the same status as men, in those early and challenging years of women entering the ministry, demanded every bit of Marjorie’s brilliant mind and fiery spirit. She served congregations in Santa Monica, CA and then Santa Paula, CA, where she was named minister emerita upon her retirement.

Virginia Hay Leavitt

Virginia Leavitt

Virginia Leavitt

Virginia Hay Leavitt, 97, widow of the Rev. Dr. Fenwick L. Leavitt, Jr., died July 12, 2010 in Rutland, VT. The Leavitts served Universalist parishes in Middletown, NY; Barre, VT; Germantown, PA, and Lynn, MA. They reared two daughters. Following her husband‘s death in 1967, she returned to Westbrook, ME, where she was an active volunteer. An avid reader and a fan of classical music, her greatest interest lay in the life of the Universalist Church and in her many friends there. She served as the organist for the Westbrook church for many years. In October 2003, she moved to Chittenden, VT, to be near her family. She accepted many losses during her long life with grace and dignity. Her younger daughter, Meredith and a granddaughter died in 1979, and by the time of her own death, Virginia had been predeceased by her entire family except for her older daughter, Joanne Leavitt Powers. She also leaves two grandsons, David Powers and Jon Powers, a granddaughter, Erin Teare Martin and seven great-grandchildren.

The Rev. Sandra Gillogly Lee

The Rev. Sandra Gillogly Lee died on June 23, 2017 at the age of 74.

She is survived by spouse Don Bell and sister Marsha Green.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to NARAL Pro-Choice America, or to the charity of one’s own choosing.

A memorial service will take place on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 in Grand Junction, CO, at a venue still to be determined.

Notes of condolence can be sent to Don Bell at 315 Ouray Ave, Grand Junction, CO 81501 and at

Anna “Polly” Leonard

Polly Leonard

Polly Leonard

Anna “Polly” Leonard, 91, wife of the Reverend Richard Leonard, died on May 14, 2016, at Delmar Gardens in Lawrenceville, GA, after a seven year struggle with Alzheimer’s. Rev. Leonard is Minister Emeritus of All Souls Unitarian Church in New York City.

Born September 9, 1924, in Lancaster, PA, Anna Barr Leonard was married to Stanley C. Mason during WWII. After that marriage ended in divorce, she and Richard Leonard were married in 1970. Her three children and his daughters combined in an extended family of almost 200 persons, which included their parents, their siblings and families, seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, plus innumerable relatives and in-laws. Polly was the matriarch, delighting in the yearly family reunions.

She excelled in the banking world and conducted investigations for Citibank CEOs Walter Wriston and John Reed. She was a marvelous cook. Polly traveled the world together with Dick over the years, including trips to Mongolia, Nepal, Antarctica, Japan, China and Russia. At the same time, she was an active participant in church life.

Her daughter Helen Thilo Bigelow preceded her in death, but Polly is survived by her children, Kenneth Grant Mason and Martha Jean Mason, her stepdaughters, Suzanne Sykora and Elizabeth Leonard. Her winsome spirit is missed by her family, her friends, and her congregation. Her memorial service at All Souls on October 1, 2016 was attended by hundreds.

Donations in her name can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to All Souls Church, 1157 Lexington Ave., NY, NY 10075. Letters of condolence may be sent to Dick Leonard, 142 West End Ave, #15-V, New York, NY 10023-6112.

The Rev. David V. Leonard

The Rev. David V. Leonard, 71, died on January 28, 2013. Rev. Leonard was born in Rutland, VT on January 8, 1942 to Katheryn (Campbell) and Richard Leonard. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1963. He then went on to attain a Bachelor of Divinity from Chicago Theological Seminary in 1967.

Ordained by the United Methodist Church in Trivoli, IL in June, 1967, Rev. Leonard eventually decided to make a change and, in 1975, he left the Methodist Church to begin a life as a Unitarian Universalist. He immediately took steps to become a Unitarian Universalist minister, and was called to his first position at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Smithton, PA from 1977-1984. He then went on to serve to First Unitarian Church of Lynchburg, VA from 1984-1992; the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown, OH from 1992-2002; the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Binghamton, NY from 2002-2003; and the First Unitarian Society of Plainfield, NJ from 2003-2008.

His wife, Linda, shared,

“David Leonard was an intensely private person who was happiest either chasing trains (in order to photograph a locomotive), or walking a trail in the woods. Classical music, the deep night sky, and a win by the Detroit Tigers or Chicago Cubs also moved him deeply. So did the affection of his cats, from the illegal seminary fur brother, to the orange and black companions on the hospice hospital bed.”

Hating ceremony, David much preferred jeans to a suit. Clergy and lay people alike sometimes wondered if he really was a minister since he only wore his “uniform” when absolutely necessary.

As a person most comfortable by himself, David was uneasy with many of the tasks and expectations of the parish minister. Over the years, he learned to wear two hats: the minister’s hat and the rail fan/photographer hat. He was an excellent photographer and good at keeping his own counsel. He was also superlative at counseling others and preaching on Sunday morning.

He read theology, philosophy, science (especially paleontology), and thrillers, with Tony Hillerman and Sue Grafton being two of his favorite authors. He also liked children’s books.

He was a good father. He loved his children, his animals, the natural world, and, of course, his trains. He had a wry, Mark Twain-Ambrose Bierce sense of humor that could find the ridiculous in almost any situation. He was politically green but not without snide remarks.

In Emerson’s sense, David Leonard leaves the world a better place.

Rev. Leonard is survived by his wife, Linda Wiltz; daughter, Elisabeth Anne Leonard and her husband, Adam Hill; son Marc Leonard; brother, Richard Leonard; sister, Lucy Hill; and grandchildren, Benjamin Sage and Jaden Liana.

Notes of condolence may be sent to Linda Wiltz at 16 Genesee Ave., Binghamton, NY 13903.

He would be pleased if, in lieu of flowers, donations might be made to: any Railroad Club, the Animal Rescue League (, or the Humane Society (

Eva Hoel Lion

Eva Lion

Eva Lion

Eva Hoel Lion, 86, widow of the Rev. Felix Danford Lion, died June 30, 2009. Born in Norway, she was five when her family immigrated to MA. A graduate of Wheelock College in Boston, she later took advanced courses at San Jose State College. She lived in CA, Japan, MA, NY and BC. She taught in Palo Alto, CA for more than 20 years, where she worked with Dr. William Glasser in “Schools without Failure”. She also supervised teachers at Bank Street College of Education in NYC. She enjoyed skiing into her 70’s and throughout her life did sewing, quilting and knitting. Eva had a passion for gardening, decorating and entertaining. She is survived by their three children David, Ingrid and Roger Lion, two daughters-in-law and three grandchildren.

The Rev. Felix Danford Lion

Felix Lion

Felix Lion

The Rev. Felix Danford Lion, 94, died peacefully on November 29, 2008, in Victoria, BC. Born in Massachusetts, he married Eva Hoel in 1943. A graduate of University of Chicago and Meadville Theological Seminary, he received an honorary Doctorate degree from Starr King School for the Ministry. He served congregations in MA, NY, CA and BC and was named minister emeritus by the Palo Alto and Victoria congregations. A lifelong human rights activist, he was a member of the NAACP, who helped to register blacks to vote in 1964. He participated in the freedom marches in Selma, AL and Washington, DC. He served as Chair of the Board of World Interfaith Colleges; as President of UUMA, and was a founding member of the Vancouver Island Civil Rights Coalition. He was a member of the Archeology Society of BC and of the IARF. His lifelong passions were gardening and music. At age 93 he climbed to prune the very tops of his trees. Starting in his early teens and continuing until he was 92, he played the trumpet in a variety of jazz bands and orchestras.

Doris Marie “Doe” Lockwood

Doe Lockwood

Doe Lockwood

Doris Marie “Doe” Lockwood, 88, the widow of the Rev. Russell W. Lockwood, died November 12, 2016. She was born August 10, 1928 in Tulsa OK to James Earl McDonald and May Fern Hill. Other than a four year temporary transfer to Puerto Rico, Doe was a lifelong resident of Tulsa.

She was married twice, the first time to G.T. Minnick in 1947. Children did not arrive right away, so she worked for Mcdonald Douglas as a supervisor while her husband worked at the D-X refinery. He built a boat and they explored the local lakes in their free time. When she finally did become pregnant, she hid the fact from her employer as long as possible because it meant she would have to leave her job.

Doe had three children, born in 1956, 1957, and 1958. Although her life was very busy with three young children and a house to manage, she turned to creative outlets, writing plays, skits, and songs. She also began exploring religion, finding the Presbyterian ideals she was raised with less than satisfactory. This search led her to All Souls Unitarian Church, which had just moved into a new building and was becoming more active under the dynamic leadership of Rev. John Wolfe.

Her husband did not accompany her as she grew into a deeper involvement with the church, and church became her refuge, central to her being. She was involved in the RE program for many years, some as Director. In the early 70’s the family moved to Puerto Rico, where her husband had a temporary assignment. Doe became involved in a variety of activities there, but was not interested in other overseas assignments when that one ended, so they returned to Tulsa. With the children leaving home for college, her marriage to G.T. ended in 1976.

Doe had resumed her activities at church and met the Rev. Dr. Russell Lockwood, who was the regional representative for the Southwest Unitarian Association, at the Southwest Summer Institute. Soon, everyone recognized that he was the true love of her life. They married in 1977.

Their lives continue to evolve in this new chapter together. She gave up her work at All Souls and they became members at Hope Unitarian Church. Soon she became involved in volunteer activities there. She and Russell built a lake house where they would often gather with friends. She took road trips with her close friends, exploring new places as she had with her children when they were young.

Russell died suddenly in 1988 and Doe grieved, supported by her friends. Eventually, with time and travel and the arrival of grandchildren her depression lifted. And she resumed a volunteer commitment, serving on the UURMaPA board until a few years ago.

Doe Lockwood is remembered for her commitment to and engagement with her church and the UU movement. At one time, she compiled a list of her activities, which included dozens of General Assemblies, District Conferences, Summer Institutes, and UUA committee appointments. She led workshops at these gatherings and for congregations across the nation. But she listed as her Most Important Accomplishment the hundreds of casseroles she had prepared for the bereaved.

Throughout all these active years she most loved writing and producing skits for her churches, the UUA, and Summer Institute. And she loved singing the hymns.

A memorial service for Doe was held at Hope Unitarian church on December 10, 2016. It began with an open acknowledgement that she had often told people she didn’t want a memorial service, but taught that sometimes rules needed to be broken.

Doe is survived by her children: Brian Minnick, Lee Ann Cole, and Lorrie McLaughlin; three stepchildren, William Lockwood, Marion Lockwood, and Richard Lockwood; and five grandchildren.

Messages of condolence may be sent to Lee Ann Cole, 2224 E 5th Pl, Tulsa OK 74104 or by email to  Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Unitarian Church, 8432 S Sheridan Road, Tulsa OK 74133, or to the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless, or the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.

The Rev. Dr. Brandoch “Brandy” Lovely

Brandy Lovely

Brandy Lovely

The Rev. Dr. Brandoch “Brandy” Lovely, 82, died September 29, 2010. A graduate of Proctor Academy in Andover NH, he served in the US Army. He went to Harvard, earning a degree in American History and Literature, and an STB at the Divinity School. As a student he served as DRE in Winchester and West Newton, MA. He served congregations in Carlisle, Reading and Hingham, MA; Austin, TX; and Pasadena, CA. He served Neighborhood Church in Pasadena from 1969-1993. The church named him minister emeritus. He was also awarded a Doctor of Theological Studies by Starr King. He served as interim minister in Costa Mesa, Canoga Park, Santa Barbara and Riverside, CA. In 1974 he chaired the continental convocation of UU ministers, the first in 20 years. He served as MSR for the Pacific SW District, and delivered the SLT sermon at the 1979 GA. He was an active ACLU member. He is survived by his wife, Judith Howerton Lovely and six children, his brother Rupert Lovely, and his sister. (A daughter predeceased him.)

The Rev. Dr. Ruppert L. Lovely

uurmapaThe Rev. Dr. Ruppert L. Lovely died on May 3, 2012. He was 78 years old. The Rev. Dr. Lovely was born in East Greenwich, RI on May 9, 1933 to the Rev. Napoleon W. and Doris Mae (Johnson) Lovely. Rev. Lovely attained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Tufts University in 1963 and his Bachelor of Divinity as well as his Doctor of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School in 1966 and 1998, respectively.

Rev. Lovely was ordained by the Countryside Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship in Palantine, IL on October 7, 1966. There, he held the office of parish minister for 35 years, not counting the 18 months he served as a student minister prior to accepting the full-time call to the pulpit. After his retirement from Countryside, he accepted an interim position with the First Unitarian Church of St. Louis, MO from 2001-2003.

Working together with Countryside UU church members to raise funds and devise a plan that resulted in the construction in of the beautiful Countryside Church in Palatine, was one of the highlights of Rev. Lovely’s working years. It was a milestone in his life and in the life of the church.

Throughout his life, Rev. Lovely was a faithful Boston Red Socks fan. No daily activity ever took precedence over watching Red Socks games during baseball season. He was also an avid reader, John Irving novels being among his favorite books. He loved music, especially classical and jazz. He was even known to leave the stereo or radio on all day so that when he returned, he would be greeted by music.

A long-time member of Prairie Group, Rev. Lovely was known, loved, and respected by many. Described as “candid, big-hearted, humorously realistic, brimming with energy and enthusiasm for the ministry,” Rev. Lovely’s “gracious and generous spirit,” as well as his “solid sense of tradition and firm voice” endeared him to many who came to call him a friend.

Rev. Lovely is survived by his wife, Patricia Mumm-Lovely; his daughter, Jessica Lovely and husband, Jason DeSwarte; daughter, Karen Lovely and husband, Michael Leach; Sister Alicia Lovely; and grandchildren, Eli Lovely; Elijah Lovely; Grace Umek; and Jordan DeSwarte. He was predeceased by son, Kirk Lovely; and brother, the Rev. Dr. Brandoch Lovely.
A memorial service for the Rev. Dr. Lovely was held at the Countryside Unitarian Universalist Church, 1025 N. Smith St., Palatine, IL 60067 on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.

Notes of condolence may be sent to Mrs. Patricia Mumm-Lovely, 933 W. Heritage Ct., Apt. 101, Mequon, WI 53092.

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Ann Marie Haggerty MacPherson

Ann MacPherson

Ann MacPherson

Ann Marie Haggerty MacPherson, 89, wife of the Rev. Dr. Robert H. MacPherson, died at Trinity View Retirement Center, Arden, North Carolina on December 29. 2015.

She was born June 12, 1926 to Alice Lang and Dr. George Dewey Haggerty, in Cleveland, Ohio. Educated in the Cleveland schools, she enrolled in the College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio and was graduated in the Class of 1947. She won an MA in literature and composition from Western Reserve University, Cleveland, in 1948. She taught four years at Rocky River, Ohio High School.

Ann was married July 1949 to the Rev. Dr. Robert H. MacPherson. They had two children, Robert Owen MacPherson, deceased 2005, and Ralph Lang MacPherson, Fairview, NC. There are five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Mrs. MacPherson earned teaching certificates in Ohio, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Florida and North Carolina. She taught in all these states. She was on the faculty of AC Reynolds Middle School for seventeen years. She is a member of the NC Retired Teachers and of the National Education Association. Her interest in art led her to be a docent at the Asheville Art Museum. With her husband, she joined the Unitarian Universalist Church, Asheville, now Unitarian Universalist Congregation, in 1971. She served on various committees and was Co-Chair of the Building Dedication in October 1972.

A memorial service was planned for. Sunday, January 10, 2015 at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville.

Notes of condolence may be sent to the Rev. Robert MacPherson, 2533 Hendersonville Road, #309, Arden NC 28704-9580.

Dorothy MacPherson

uurmapaDorothy MacPherson, 77, wife of the Rev. David H MacPherson, died Nov. 1, 2005. Refusing to accept the traditional role of the minister’s wife, she pursued careers as a lab technician for Borden; a custom-decorating accountant at J.C. Penney, and a geratric nurse’s aide for Upjohn. She posed as a renter to uncover discrimination in housing. David tells that when she wanted time with her minister husband, she would write herself into his appointment book. They resided in Silver Spring and Towson, MD; Richmond, VA; Laramie, WY; Brookfield, WI and State College, PA. They started two new churches. Surviving are her husband and three children: Duncan and Douglas MacPherson of Maryland, and Dianna of Ashland.

The Rev. Joseph Majeau

uurmapaThe Rev. Joseph Majeau, 77, drowned May 29, 2005, after falling into the swollen, fast-moving Kenduskeag Stream in Hampden, ME. He served the Universalist Church of Westbrook, ME, which named him minister emeritus. His passions were his family, music, nature, and politics. He strongly believed that even one person could make a difference. He is survived by Susan, his wife of 22 years; two children, David and Donna; and three grandchildren. A celebration of life was held Aug. 13, at the UU Church of Westbrook.

The Rev. Donald W. Male

uurmapaThe Rev. Donald W. Male, 86, died August 14, 2008, of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. After a distinguished career in aerospace and defense, which included meeting Orville Wright and John F. Kennedy, he went on to serve the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tullahoma, TN for 25 years and was honored as minister emeritus upon retirement. He was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) in 1977 and served in this position for ten years, the last two years as Secretary of the Board. His hobbies included canoeing and astronomy. Survivors include his wife, Sue Anderson Male of Murfeesboro, TN, three daughters, two step-children, his sister and brother. He also leaves three grandchildren and four step-grandchildren.

The Rev. Dr. Thomas J. Maloney

uurmapaThe Rev. Dr. Thomas J. Maloney, 82, died May 6, 2005. He served congregations in Davenport, IA; Quincy, IL; and Boulder, CO. During World War II he served in both Army and Marine Corps. From 1957-1962, he was concurrently part-time minister for the Unitarian Fellowship in Boulder, CO, and instructor of anthropology at the U. of Colorado. He was later assistant professor at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, and professor of anthropology at Ripon College and at Southern Illinois University. He is survived by Betty, his wife of 57 years; four children, Susan of Mexico City, Mexico; Greta of Boulder, CO; Lisa of Groton, NY; and Thomas J. of Worden, IL; and seven grandchildren.

Susan Fromm Marshall

uurmapaSusan Fromm Marshall, 86, widow of the Rev. Robert Marshall, died on June 28, 2008. She will be remembered for her remarkable intellect, wit and insight into the world around her. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 1944, where she met her husband, Harold Fromm, whom she married in 1946. She later married the late Robert Marshall, longtime minister of Birmingham Unitarian Church. For many years, Sue managed the Bloomfield Hills branch of Recording for the Blind. Her lifelong passion for knowledge continued at the University of Michigan Dearborn where she attended classes as part of the Senior Scholars program. She is survived by two daughters and a son, seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

The Rev. Ric Masten

Ric Masten

Ric Masten

The Rev. Ric Masten, 78, died May 9, 2008 at his mountain home near Carmel, California. Dubbed a “troubadour minister,” he has been perhaps the only fellowshipped UU minister never to have graduated from seminary or college. He is perhaps best known for his hymn “Let It Be A Dance.” With his wife, Billie Barbara Masten, he toured the country giving concerts and he earned the distinction of preaching in more Unitarian Universalist churches – over five hundred in 49 states – than any other minister in history. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1999 and chronicled his battle with the disease in a series of poems, books and blog entries, which expanded his ministry to a new community, cancer survivor groups. He is survived by his wife.

Rosemary Matson

Rosemary Matson

Rosemary Matson

Rosemary Matson, 97, widow of the Rev. Howard Matson, died Sept. 27, 2014, at her home in Carmel, CA. She was a feminist, humanist and UU leader. She championed human rights, civil liberties and international peace.

Born September 20, 1917, in Geneva, Iowa, Rosemary grew up there and in Fort Dodge, Iowa, where she graduated from high school in 1936. In the late 1930s she attended Omaha University (now University of Nebraska, Omaha) and the University of California at Berkeley. At Berkeley she had her first experience as an activist, becoming an organizer for the Culinary Workers Union and joining a strike for higher wages for waitresses.

During the early 1940s, Rosemary lived in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where she protested discrimination against African Americans. She continued her activism after moving to Chicago in 1943, volunteering in the city’s first interracial recreation center. At one time she owned and operating a bookstore in Chicago’s Near North Side.

Rosemary Matson

Rosemary Matson

In the early 1950s, Rosemary moved to Hawaii, where she was a community organizer for plantation workers and dockworkers and helped start a Honolulu chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Rosemary became an active Unitarian in Hawaii, embracing our commitment to social justice and interfaith dialogue. In 1952, she co-founded and served as first president of the First Unitarian Fellowship (now Church) of Honolulu. Early parishioners included Stanley and Madelyn Dunham, who took their grandson Barack Obama to the church’s Sunday school in the 1970s.
In 1955, Rosemary returned to Berkeley to work for the Pacific Coast Unitarian Council. She met the Rev. Howard Matson, a minister at the San Francisco First Unitarian Church. They married in 1957.

In 1962, Rosemary joined the staff of the Starr King School for the Ministry, a Unitarian seminary in Berkeley. She worked at Starr King until 1978, first as a fundraiser, then as an administrator. At Starr King, she became a passionate advocate for women in the ministry. She played a key role in winning approval of the Women and Religion Resolution at the 1977 UUA General Assembly in Ithaca, New York. The resolution called for UUs to examine the extent to which their religious beliefs influenced sex-role stereotypes and to “avoid sexist assumptions and language.” She later helped rid the denomination of sexist practices and promoted related rethinking of theology. Her motto: “We do not want a piece of the pie. It is still a patriarchal pie. We want to change the recipe.”

Active in United Nations organizations, she participated in international conferences on women in Copenhagen in 1980 and Nairobi in 1985. A committed pacifist, she co-founded a US-Soviet peace group in 1980 and helped organize and lead more than two dozen citizen diplomacy trips to the Soviet Union.

Both Rosemary and her husband Howard, who died in 1993, were dedicated proponents of human rights. Howard participated in the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, led by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Both Matsons worked closely with Cesar Chavez and other activists to promote farm worker rights. Chavez lived incognito at the couple’s Carmel Valley home for several months in 1970.

The Matsons received Monterey County ACLU’s Ralph B. Atkinson award for championing civil liberties: Howard in 1980, Rosemary in 1984. Rosemary received many other honors for her work for social justice, humanism, feminism, and international peace. In 2011, the Starr King School for the Ministry awarded her an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

The Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Harvard University, holds an extensive collection of Rosemary’s writings and research materials, documenting her involvement with UU groups and other organizations.

In addition to many devoted friends and admirers, Rosemary is survived by a brother, two nieces, seven nephews, and numerous grand nieces and nephews. Notes of remembrance may go to her nephew, Sam Thompson, 920 East Bay Dr. NE, #3D-102, Olympia, WA  98506. Thanks to Sam for providing UURMaPA with this obituary.

The Rev. Dr. Ronald Michael Mazur

Ron Mazur

Ron Mazur

The Rev. Dr. Ronald Michael Mazur, 78, died on January 17, 2013. He was 78 years old. Rev. Mazur was born in Boston, MA on May 14, 1934 to Bronislawa (Mikonowicz) and Michael Mazur. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Boston University in 1955. He went on to attain a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School in 1959. In 1986 he earned a Doctor of Education from the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality.

Ordained at the First Parish Church in Stow, MA in 1959, Rev. Mazur served as its minister from 1959-1964. From 1964-1965, he took a break from parish ministry and became the Executive Director of the Unitarian Christian Fellowship. From 1965-1970, he served as minister of The First Church of Salem, MA; and from 1968-1970 as chaplain of Salem State College. He served as the interim minister of the First Universalist Church of Essex, MA from 1971-1972, and then went on to serve as minister of the First Congregational Parish, Unitarian in Petersham, MA from 1973-1977; the Unitarian Universalist Society of the Daytona Beach Area in Ormond Beach, FL from 1990-1997; and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of St. Augustine, FL from 1998-2002. From 2002-2013, he served as community minister to the Ormond Beach, FL area.

His years as a minister made Rev. Mazur keenly aware of ethical and social issues in human sexuality. He became a certified sex educator and lectured and hosted seminars and workshops at a variety of institutions. He worked in private practice, specializing in sex counseling with both individuals and couples. From 1972-1989, he was coordinator and principal trainer of the Peer Sexuality Education Program as well as adjunct faculty member, Division of Public Health, School of Health Sciences, at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

During his career as a sexual health educator, Rev. Mazur wrote articles for publications ranging from Redbook to The American Journal of Public Health. With his wife, Sharon, he also self-published a monthly newsletter called Sexual Health and Relationships(SHAR). On the subject of human sexuality, Rev. Mazur wrote several books: Commonsense Sex: A Basis for Discussion and Reappraisal (Beacon Press, 1968); The New Intimacy: Open Ended Marriage and Alternative Lifestyles (Beacon Press, 1973); and About Your Sexuality: A Multimedia Sex Education Curriculum (Beacon Press, 1971). Rev. Mazur also served on the development team of the UUA’s About Your Sexuality curriculum for a number of years.

Rev. Mazur enjoyed boating, fishing, golf, tennis, music, reading and travel, and he developed several websites related to his fields of interest. During his retirement years, he wrote and published three more books:  Free Jesus; Liberate America (iUniverse, 2003); Christianity As Fairy Tale (iUniverse, 2006); and Mystery of the Jesus Family (2009).

In a remembrance of her husband, Sharon Dorfman wrote:

“The Ron I cherished was brilliant, passionate, exuberant, authentic, creative, generous, courageous, persistent, unconventional, and non-conformist. He was a compassionate listener and true friend. Ron was a visionary and champion of social justice, speaking his truth eloquently and striving to shape, in some small way, a better world. He lived his faith.”

Rev. Mazur is survived by his wife, Sharon Dorfman; daughter, MJ Mazur; son Nathan Mazur; sister, Marianne Damigella; and his loyal rescue pup, Jazmyn.

At Rev. Mazur’s request, there was no funeral or memorial service.

Notes of condolence may be sent to Sharon Dorfman at 1436 Sunningdale Lane, Ormond Beach, FL 32174.

Jean Devine McGehee

uurmapaJean Devine McGehee, 80, passed away on May 31, 2008 in Bluefield, WV. Born in Birmingham, AL, she was the daughter of George Joseph Devine and Pearl Casey. A graduate of Wilson College with a master’s degree from Jacksonville University, she was a lifelong teacher and college professor of English and an avid student of language. She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, the Rev. Charles White McGehee. Survivors include two sons, McGregor Scott McGehee of Boston, Mass., and Charles Stuart McGehee in Bluefield; three grandchildren. Dudley Memorial Mortuary of Bluefield, was in charge of arrangements.

The Rev. Dr. Gordon “Bucky” McKeeman

Gordon McKeeman

Gordon McKeeman

The Rev. Dr. Gordon “Bucky” McKeeman, passionate Universalist, beloved mentor, devoted institutionalist, lover of life, of humanity, and of ministry, died peacefully at age 93 on December 18, 2013, at Madonna Towers, a Benedictine retirement and care facility in Rochester, Minnesota.

Through the living of his life, the wisdom of his words, and the gentleness of his spirit, Gordon touched the lives of untold numbers of laypeople and ministers.  Younger colleagues recall Gordon as “a kind of spiritual grandfather” (Amy Zucker Morgenstern) and as a Universalist “ancient of days, as bright and new as our most recent breath” (James Ishmael Ford).  Honored by the Conference in Berry Street as its essayist for 1993, he said:

“We are lovers; we say Yes to each other, Yes to life—to more and more of life—to its brevity, its grief, its disappointments, to its possibilities, its magnificence, its glory.  We quarrel because we glimpse further possibilities—the non-sense—and wish to lay claim to it.  We remember death, and that life is brief, and that the time for love is now and more is possible—one more step toward the holy.  It is to know the peace that passes understanding and that there is no peace.  It is to love others as they are, warts and all, and to believe that more is possible, and to bespeak that wanting.  It is to pray “Give us this day our daily bread” and to know that we do not live by bread alone.  It is to remember death, and to love life and to accept them both as holy.”

Gordon Butler McKeeman was born in Lynn, Mass, on September 12, 1920, to William Neil and Lena Mabel (Goodridge) McKeeman. He graduated from Lynn English High School in 1938 and from Salem State College with a B. S. in Education in 1942.  On Nov. 5, 1944, in Lynn, Mass., Gordon wedded Phyllis Bradstreet.  He went on to receive his ministry degree in 1945 from the Universalist School of Religion at Tufts University. In 1969 he was granted an honorary doctorate by Meadville Lombard Theological School.

Mr. McKeeman was first called to serve All Souls Universalist Church of Worcester, Mass, 1944-1950, where he was ordained in 1945.  He went on to the First Parish Universalist Church of Stoughton, Mass, 1950-1955, St. Paul’s Church of Palmer, Mass, 1955-1961, and then the Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron, Ohio, 1961-1983, where he was named Minister Emeritus.  In 1983, he accepted the invitation to serve as President of Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, California, doing so faithfully until 1988.


The Humiliati

Deeply committed to Universalism, he was a charter member of The Humiliati (the humble ones), a group of Tufts students and alumni formed in 1945, whose vision “stressed that human beings are impelled, not compelled, by the power of God to fulfill the good potential of their lives. The impulse toward wholeness in humanity is predisposed to good, though it can be weakened or distorted by chaos and conflict. Authentic worship keeps it alive and restores its integrity.” When the group disbanded in 1954, members elected Mr. McKeeman as their lifetime Abbot. With others of The Humiliati, he then joined The Fraters of the Wayside Inn. This ministerial study group, founded by Universalist ministers in 1903, expanded, after Universalist and Unitarian consolidation, to include ministers with Unitarian and combined ordination. Gordon advocated for admission of women to the group, a step finally realized in 1989. In his later years, Gordon treasured mementos and memories of his years with The Fraters and reflected wistfully upon being the last living member of The Humiliati.

During his years in parish ministry, the Rev Mr. McKeeman engaged in civic life with zeal. He held various offices on the Unity Community Council, served on the board of the Akron Rotary Club, founded the Fair Housing Contact Service, and founded the Planned Parenthood chapter of Akron. He also served on the adjunct faculty at the University of Akron.

Heavily invested in and committed to Universalist tradition and institutions, Gordon McKeeman served as Vice President of the Massachusetts Universalist Convention, and President of the Massachusetts Universalist Ministers’ Association. At Ferry Beach he and his wife Phyllis served as youth leaders. After moving to Ohio, he served as the President of the Ohio-Meadville District, Vice President and President of the UU Service Committee, and Vice Moderator of the UUA Board of Trustees. The Rev. Mr. McKeeman received the Angus H. MacLean Award from the Unitarian Universalist Association in 1982. He and Phyllis were jointly honored with the UUA Distinguished Service Award in 1993.

Gordon McKeeman placed high value on lay ministry. The Ohio Meadville District’s Commissioned Lay Leader program is an outgrowth of his grounding in Universalism and his understanding of the importance of lay leadership that emerges from within congregations, nourished through well-informed and intentional training. But he could look with wry humor on some of the absurdities of professional ministry. In speaking to colleagues on the 50th anniversary year of his ordination, he offered to sum up his ministry in three numbers:  books read since graduation from seminary – 738; books purchased over that same time – 2155; books told by parishioners that he “must read” – 6784 (not exact numbers but the gist is accurate).

The Rev Dr. McKeeman’s presidency of Starr King School for the Ministry afforded him the opportunity to reflect more deeply on the manifold richness and meanings of ministry. In a booklet of meditations, Out of the Ordinary, he wrote a reflection on Ministry:

“Ministry is a quality of relationship between and among human beings that beckons forth hidden possibilities; inviting people into deeper, more constant more reverent relationship with the world and with one another; carrying forward a long heritage of hope and liberation that has dignified and informed the human venture over many centuries; being present with, to, and for others in their terrors and torments, in their grief, misery and pain; knowing that those feelings are our feelings, too; celebrating the triumphs of the human spirit, the miracles of birth and life, the wonders of devotion and sacrifice; witnessing to life-enhancing values; speaking truth to power; speaking for human dignity and equity, for compassion and aspiration; believing in life in the presence of death; struggling for human responsibility against principalities and structures that ignore humaneness and become instruments of death. It is all these and much, much more than all of them, present in the wordless, the unspoken, the ineffable. It is speaking and living the highest we know and living with the knowledge that it is never as deep, or as wide or a high as we wish. Whenever there is a meeting that summons us to our better selves, wherever our lostness is found, our fragments are united, our wounds begin healing, our spines stiffen and our muscles grow strong for the task, there is ministry.”

“I cherished every opportunity I had to be in conversation with Gordon,” recalls the Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker, president of Starr King School from 1990 to 2014. “As he did for so many people, Gordon’s friendship, compassion, and counsel steadied me and nurtured my development. His theological depth was inspiring and his acerbic wit rescued me from many moments of despair!”

Gordon McKeeman’s influence on the shape and vision of Unitarian Universalist ministry endures with towering stature and gentle presence.

Phyllis and Gordon McKeeman

Phyllis and Gordon McKeeman

Gordon is survived by his wife of 69 years, Phyllis; sons, Bruce, Glenn, and Randall; four grandchildren; and sister, Gloria King. A memorial service was conducted by the Rev. Dr. Carol Hepokoski on December 29, 2013, at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Rochester, Minnesota.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, the McKeeman Fund at Starr King, or to a charity of donor’s choice.

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:

The Rev. Margo McKenna

Margo McKenna

Margo McKenna

The Rev. Margo McKenna, a lifelong seeker whose religious restlessness led her from social work to ministry, from Seventh-day Adventism to Unitarian Universalism, from Christianity to skepticism and thence back to a reconsidered theism, and whose torments drove her from doubt to hope and finally to despair, died sadly by her own hand on 16 February 2014 at age 53.

As a parish minister, Margo McKenna was radically welcoming and inclusive in a congregation whose political diversity required greater sensitivity than many UU ministers are called upon to exercise. With dedicated pastoral presence, she worked valiantly among her parishioners in the aftermath of the terrible wildfires that swept through interior San Diego County in October 2007, nearly destroying her church. One colleague who came to give her weekend relief recalled that “she was both exhausted and utterly gracious to me and to all those who came to church that Sunday.”

Her sister Marlene recalls that Margo never met a person who didn’t like her almost immediately: “Whenever we went shopping together for clothes, she would always have a crowd of women around her in the dressing room asking her opinion their selections. These were, of course, people she had never met before.”

Margo Rae Mattson was born in Toronto on 22 November 1960, one of four children of Henry and Frieda Mattson. With her missionary parents, she grew up in Nigeria from age 2 until the family returned from Africa and settled in Michigan in the late 1960s. She was graduated from Andrews University (the “flagship” university of the Seventh-day Adventists in the far southwest Michigan town of Berrien Springs) with a Bachelor of Social Work in 1983 and then studied for some time at Loma Linda University before responding to a ministerial call, transferring to Princeton Theological Seminary, and earning her M.Div. there in 1988.

Female clergy were controversial in Seventh-day Adventism (SDA), and Margo served associate ministries, without ordination, at Paradise Valley SDA Church of San Diego (1988-89), at Tierrasanta SDA Church of San Diego (1989-93), and at Garden Grove SDA Church (1994-98), where on 6 July 1996 she was finally one of the first women to receive SDA ordination. Meanwhile, around that time, a ten-year marriage to Larry Pitrone ended in divorce, whereupon Margo adopted “McKenna” as a new surname, affirming a strong sense of connection to her Irish heritage.

In 1998 the Rev. Ms. McKenna left Seventh-day Adventist ministry and began exploring Unitarian Universalism. She served as the Director of Religious Education at the UU Church of Riverside, California (1999-2000). After receiving UUA ministerial fellowship in November 2000, she was called to the pulpit of Chalice UU Congregation of Escondido, California, in 2001, and served there until 2010. During that ministry, she met and married Tom Brower, with whom she led district workshops on creative responses to political diversity in UU congregations. They were legally separated in 2013.

Margo McKenna

Margo McKenna and a sister

Leaving parish ministry 2010, Margo spent her last years as a social worker in hospice settings throughout Southern California, while pursuing various creative arts. “She loved drawing, painting, sculpting, and photography,” recalled her sister Marlene. “She was an artist at heart.” From an early age she also enjoyed hiking and mountain climbing. The photo at right shows Margo with her sister Marlene in their late teens after they had just hiked the Bright Angel Trail on the north rim of the Grand Canyon.

In both Seventh-day Adventist and Unitarian Universalist ministries, Margo’s conviction of religion as a cooperative force for social good and equality was lived out in her many commitments to public and interfaith work. She founded the Women Ministers Association (SDA) in 1988, and served presidencies of the North Park Christian Service Agency of San Diego in 1990 and of the North Park Ecumenical Ministerial Association in 1991. She was co-organizer of the Orange County Interfaith Council in 1995 and a member of the Orange County chapter of the National Conference Commission on Justice from 1995 to 1998. She maintained membership with the National Association of Socially Responsible Organizations, the National Organization for Women, and later, the Liberal Religious Educators Association and the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association. Colleagues remember Margo arriving at ministerial gatherings with her tiny and much beloved canine companion, Gita, peeking out of the top of her purse or from inside her jacket.

Margo is survived by sisters Melodie Mattson-Bell and Marlene Harris, a brother, Morris Mattson; her mother, Frieda Mattson, and eight nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held on 15 March 2014 at the Chalice UU Congregation in Escondido, California. Margo was remembered as “very outgoing” and “loved by everyone,” and described by a sister as “a beautiful person” who was “a blessing to so many people.”

Memorial donations are encouraged to Heifer International, 1 World Ave, Little Rock, Arkansas 72202.

The Rev. Thomas D. McMullen

uurmapaThe Rev. Thomas D. McMullen, 76, died Feb. 26, 2008 in Tallahassee, FL. He was a graduate of Florida State University School of Music. He served in the Air Force as instructor of music theory and conductor of the Strategic Air Command Chorus. In Bradenton/Sarasota he was conductor, teacher of brass instruments, music store owner, and publisher. In midlife, he earned a D Min. at Meadville and served UU Churches in Studio City, CA; Plandome, NY; and Orlando, FL. He recently worked at the Florida Dept. of Elder Affairs. Family include his wife, Barbara Stansell; two sons, Tom McMullen of Tallahassee and Nathan McMullen of Nantucket, MA; and two grandchildren. A service was held March 17 at Goodwood Museum and Gardens, Tallahassee.

The Rev. Matthew McNaught

uurmapaThe Rev. Matthew McNaught, 77, died on August 23, 2015.

Matthew is survived by his wife, Anna Bennett McNaught; and his son, Mark Bennett McNaught.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Smile Train, an international children’s charity that offers cleft lip and palate surgery to children in developing countries. The organization has empowered local doctors in 85+ developing countries to provide 100%-free cleft repair surgery in their communities.

Notes of condolence may be sent to Anna McNaught, 742 E Lake Ave, Baltimore, MD, 21212; or to Mark McNaught, 15 Residence Jean-Baptiste de la Salle, 35000 Rennes, France.

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

The Rev. Dr. Jack Mendelsohn

Jack Mendelsohn

Jack Mendelsohn

The Rev. Dr. Jack Mendelsohn, 94, died on October 11, 2012. Rev. Mendelsohn was born in Cambridge, MA on July 22, 1918 to Jack and Anna (Torrey) Mendelsohn. Rev. Mendelsohn attained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston University in 1939. He then went on to earn a Bachelor of Sacred Theology from Harvard Divinity School in 1945. He received an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School in 1962.

Rev. Mendelsohn was ordained by the Beverly Unitarian Church in Chicago, IL on October 28, 1945. He was called to the Unitarian Church in Rockford IL and served there from 1946-1954. He then went on to serve the All Souls Unitarian Church in Indianapolis, IN from 1954-1959. Rev. Mendelsohn was called to the Arlington Street Church in Boston, MA and served there from 1959-1969. The years 1969-1978 found him working at the First Unitarian Society of Chicago until he moved his ministry to the First Parish in Bedford, MA where he served from 1979-1988. Rev. Mendelsohn retired and began his next career as an interim minister at the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara. He served there from 1990-1991, and then found himself back in the northeastern United States at the Community Church of Boston, where he served from 1991-1993. He served as an interim minister from 1993-1994, and for the last time, at the First Parish Church in Beverly, MA. In 1988, he was named Minister Emeritus of the First Parish in Bedford.

Rev. Mendelsohn’s lifetime of community activities and accomplishments were vast and impressive. He served as president of the following: the Urban League of Greater Boston, Boston’s Foundation for Housing Innovations, the Binder Schweitzer Foundation, Hyde Park and Kenwood Council of Churches and Synagogues, Chicago’s Alliance to End Repression, and the Abraham Lincoln Centre. He was the president and CEO of the Civil Rights Project, Inc.; and the grant administrator of *Eyes On The Prize*, an award-winning public television series on the civil rights movement. He served as director of the following: the Housing and Planning Association of Metropolitan Boston, the International Institute of Boston, and Chicago’s Center for Psychotherapy and Religion.

Heavily invested in and committed to the denomination, Rev. Mendelsohn served as: a member and an officer of the Board of Directors for the Western Unitarian Conference; vice-president of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee; chairman of the board of Beacon Press; vice-chairman of the Unitarian Universalist Black Affairs Council; chairman of the UUA’s Program Committee; chair of the UUA’s Channing Bicentennial Celebration Committee; chair of the UUA Committee on Urban Concerns and Ministry; and president of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association (UUMA). He was also once a candidate for the presidency of the UUA; a founding member of the Association for Liberal Religious Studies (Collegium); a consultant for the Cambridge Forum; the only male member of the UUA Committee on Women and Religion; and an adjunct faculty member at Meadville Lombard Theological School. In 1997, he received the UUA Distinguished Service Award.

Long active in civil rights and political matters, Rev. Mendelsohn made headlines when he conducted the Vietnam War Resistance service at Arlington Street Church in Boston in 1967. He also served as an advisor on religious questions to his friend and fellow UU, Adlai Stevenson; and, in 1968, he served on the campaign staff of Robert F. Kennedy. In 1979, an old friend and colleague, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, asked Rev. Mendelsohn to accompany him on his trip to the Middle East to meet with Yasser Arafat. 15 years later in 1984, he once again travelled with Rev. Jackson to Syria to attend negotiation talks with Syrian President Hafez Assad.

At the 1969 UUA General Assembly, Rev. Mendelsohn came to the microphone on a point of personal privilege following a critical close vote on agenda priority for funding of the Black Affairs Council. He stated that he was leaving the floor of the Assembly and going across the street to Arlington Street Church to contemplate what had happened. This gesture triggered a mass walkout of many Assembly delegates and the ensuing negotiations that resulted in re-consideration of the black empowerment agenda.

A prolific and engaging writer on the subject of liberal religion, Rev. Mendelsohn was the writer of many denominational pamphlets and magazine articles. He also published seven books: Why I Am A Unitarian (Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1960); God, Allah and Juju (Beacon Press, 1965); The Forest Calls Back (Little Brown and Co., 1965); The Martyrs: Sixteen Who Gave Their Lives for Racial Justice (Harper and Row, 1966); Channing: The Reluctant Radical (Little Brown and Co., 1971) and Being Liberal in an Illiberal Age: Why I Am a Unitarian Universalist (Beacon Press, 1964/Skinner House, 1995). Rev. Mendelsohn’s Why I Am books have provided thousands of people with their first in-depth introduction to Unitarian Universalism.

On the subject of “Immortality for Skeptics” in his seminal work, Being Liberal in an Illiberal Age: Why I Am a Unitarian Universalist, Rev. Mendelsohn wrote,

When we reason together about the truths and mysteries of life, there is one all-powerful reality: The humanity of which we are individual expressions is a product of the sense and nonsense of our forebears. We are the living immortality of those who came before us. In like manner, those who come after us will be the harvest of the wisdom and folly we ourselves are sowing. To let this reality permeate and drench our consciousness is to introduce ourselves to the grand conception of immortality which makes yearnings for some form of personal afterlife seem less consequential. So long as there is an ongoing stream of humanity I have life. This is my certain immortality. I am a renewed and renewing link in the chain of humanity. My memory and particularity are personal, transitory, finite; my substance is boundless and infinite. The immortality in which I believe affirms first and foremost my unity with humankind. My unity with humankind gives meaning to my desire to practice reverence for life. It is pride in being and pride in belonging to all being.

Rev. Mendelsohn is survived by his loving wife, Judith Frediani; son, Channing Mendelsohn; daughter, Deborah Mendelsohn; son, Kurt Mendelsohn; granddaughters, Olivia Jenkins and Hannah Kossow; step-son, Aaron Worth; step-daughter, Keilah Worth; and step-grandson, Luca Domingos-Worth.

A memorial service was held on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 1 p.m. at The First Parish in Bedford, 75 Great Rd., Bedford, MA 01730.

Notes of condolence may be sent to Judith Frediani at 51 Butler Ave., Maynard, MA 01754.

The Rev. Dr. William J. Metzger

William Metzger

William Metzger

The Rev. Dr. William J. Metzger, 73, died January 30, 2010. He was a reporter and editor, who worked with migrant laborers in the Midwest. He was co-founder and partner in Adult Literacy and Training in Wisconsin and Chicago. Bill earned a BS in Journalism from South Dakota State University. Bill earned his M.Div. from the University of Chicago, and his D.Min. from Meadville Lombard. He served churches in OH, AL, NY, IL, TN, PA, and TX. He was founding editor of Quest Magazine for the Theosophical Society in America. He joined the professional interim ministry program for the UUA. He is survived by his wife, Diana Heath, his son, David Metzger and his daughter, Christine Dziawura, their spouses, three grandsons; and a sister. He was predeceased by his first wife, Sarah Castle.

The Rev. Guy Wheeler Meyer

Guy Meyer

Guy Meyer

The Rev. Guy Wheeler Meyer, 94, died in his sleep February 22, 2009. He was a graduate of University of Chicago and Meadville Theological School  He served the First Universalist Church in Stockton, IL, then worked as a labor organizer in New York City. A conscientious objector during World War II, he served in the Merchant Marines after the war. He served churches in RI, Arlington and Saugus, MA, and Newburgh, NY. He was an active voice for justice and civil rights. Guy hosted The Power of Love, a weekly radio program on KWMR in Point Reyes Station (CA) that featured people from all walks of life. He is survived by his partner of 34 years, Joyce Greenwood, his former wife, Verne M. Bell of Newburgh, NY, six children, ten grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.

The Rev. Orloff Miller

Orlaff Miller

Orlaff Miller

The Rev. Orloff Miller, parish minister, AIDS counselor, veteran of the Selma march, tireless advocate for civil rights, and devoted husband and father, died on July 1, 2015, aged 83.

Orloff Miller was among the hundreds of religious leaders who traveled to Selma in March of 1965 in answer to the appeal from the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. While there, on March 9, as he left Walker’s Cafe with UU ministerial colleagues James Reeb and Clark Olsen, the three were attacked and beaten by a group of white men. The Rev. Mr. Reeb died two days later. The attack gained nationwide attention, and served as one of the turning points in civil rights history.

Newspaper clipping of Clark Olsen and Orloff Miller from 1965

Newspaper clipping of Clark Olsen and Orloff Miller from 1965

Interviewed as part of Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years (1954-1965), the Rev. Mr. Miller reflected back on the larger meaning of white northern presence in Selma that spring:

“I’ve been asked many times what business white clergy had in Selma, Alabama. What right did we have telling folks how they should run their lives? We not only had a right, we had a responsibility to be there because some of our family, our black brothers and sisters were not being treated fairly, and wherever people are not being given their fair shot at having a full and meaningful life we have a responsibility to do what we can to help change that. And if it means we have to argue with other brothers and sisters about that then we better get in there and argue about it. And help them to see that there is another way of living as one human family.

“Yes, I think white people had a responsibility, and white ministers especially had a responsibility to be in Selma, Alabama.” (

Orloff Miller at 50th Anniversary of Selma Bridge Crossing 2015

Orloff Miller at 50th Anniversary of Selma Bridge Crossing 2015

Fifty years later, in March 2015, Mr. Miller returned to Selma to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery march. His son, Orloff Garrik Miller, recalls, “By then [his] sense of balance was a problem, and we rented a wheelchair for the conference. The day of the reenactment of the march, [he] got up and walked across that bridge.”

Orloff Wakefield Miller was born on August 8, 1931 to the Rev. Lawrence Miller and Alice Miller. He received a B.A. from Mount Union College (now University of Mount Union) in 1953, and went on to earn a Master of Divinity from Boston University School of Theology in 1956.

Mr. Miller was ordained by the Methodist Church in 1954, and served as minister to the Federated (Congregational) Church of Francestown (New Hampshire) from 1956 to 1959. He then left the Methodist ministry to serve for two years as Associate Director of the Liberal Religious Youth (LRY). After receiving Unitarian Universalist ministerial fellowship in 1961, he became the Director of the Office of College Centers of the UUA and staff advisor to Student Religious Liberals (1961-66) and then District Executive of the Mountain Desert District of the UUA (1967-70). Moving into parish ministry, he served All Souls UU Church of Colorado Springs (1968-72) and the UU Fellowship of San Luis Obispo, California (1973-79).

Marie (Reeb) Maher and Orloff Miller greet each other on the 50th anniversary of the Selma March

Marie (Reeb) Maher and Orloff Miller greet each other on the 50th anniversary of the Selma March

In the early 1980s Orloff felt called to respond to the national AIDS crisis. He entered a doctoral program at the Institute for Advanced Human Sexuality in San Francisco, working as a volunteer hospice coordinator and field secretary for the AIDS Interfaith Network and providing support to people with AIDS, and to their friends and families. F
or five years (1984-89) he served as minister and AIDS consultant to the UU AIDS Crisis Ministry in San Francisco. His son, Orloff Garrik Miller saw this as “the hardest work of Dad’s career. Few he assisted survived more than a few months.”

Throughout his ministry the Rev. Mr. Miller was active within the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association; the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee; and the UUA’s (former) Full Recognition and Funding of Black Affairs Council. In 1987 he received the Unsung Hero Award of the Pacific Central District of the UUA for his work in AIDS ministry.

Orloff moved to Germany in 1989, married Renate Bauer, and a year later their son, Glenn Erasmus Bauer, was born. Although he officially retired in 1991, the Rev. Mr. Miller began service as Minister-at-Large to the European Unitarian Universalists (EUU) in 1993. In a sermon and personal memoir for the UU Fellowship of Paris in 1993, he looked back on his childhood encounters with American racism and his experience in Selma. In 2000 he was accorded the title of Emeritus EUU Minister-at-Large. In retirement, Orloff enjoyed volunteering, traveling, and being a father to Glenn Erasmus.

Orloff Garrik Miller has fond memories of a childhood spent with his father. Together they camped, sailed, motorcycled, traveled to regional retreats and encounter groups, and in the early 1980s, they loaded a motorcycle with camping gear and rode from San Francisco to Oregon.

Renate remembers the ease with which Orloff made friends, and connected with people. “He found a way to bond with practically everyone,” she recalls. “He was dedicated to people, even at the end of his life. Even when he was not doing very well during the past two years, he made a point to call those who were worse off.”

Orloff Miller is survived by his wife, Renate Bauer, sisters Karen and Sandra, and children, Orloff Garrik Miller, Tanya Crete, and Glenn Erasmus Bauer. His life was celebrated in two memorial services in August 2015, one for his European family and friends at the Johannes-Ronge-Haus of the Freireligiösen Landesgemeinde Pfalz in Ludwigshafen and one for his American family and friends at the UU Church of Akron, Ohio.

Memorial donations are encouraged to the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, 689 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139-3302.

The Rev. Jeanne Melis Mills

uurmapaThe Rev. Jeanne Melis Mills died on January 26, 2016, at the age of 73.

She is survived by her brothers, Richard Melis and Gerald Melis; sisters, Darleen Melis and Carole Melis; daughter, Nicole Mills (Eric Whittelsey) and grandson, Henry Benson Mills-Whittelsey; daughter, Sara Mills; ex-husband, Ellsworth Benson “Nick” Mills; and nephews and nieces.

A memorial service was tentatively planned for February 20th, 2016 in Dorset, VT; details to be announced. Jean’s ashes will be buried at the family cemetery on Esson Farm in Mt. Angel, OR, next to her mother.

Condolences may be sent to Nicole Mills, 328 McKinley Terrace, Centerport, NY 11721.

[A more complete obituary will follow.]

Eva G. Montoya

Eva Montoya

Eva Montoya

Eva G. Montoya, 67, wife of the Rev. Dale Arnink, died August 4, 2010, after years of combatting Parkinson’s disease, chronic back pain, and a recent painful fall. She had married her high school sweetheart, Ted Montoya, Jr. They divorced after 16 years of marriage. In 1986 she married Dale Arnink of Los Alamos, but retained the name of Montoya because it had become her business name. She has been a trained beautician in Santa Fe and had a successful and satisfying career in Los Alamos as a cosmetologist in several shops. She operated her own shop, Eva’s Hair Design, for 20 years until her retirement in 2000. She enjoyed travel and maintained a physically active life that included skiing, hiking, tennis, biking and scuba diving. She also enjoyed spending time with friends and family. She was preceded in death by her mother and by her youngest sister Ila. She is survived by her husband, Dale Arnink her father, Eberto, her sister Lillian and by her niece, nephew and their children, and a large extended family.

Camilla Chickering Moore

uurmapaCamilla Chickering Moore, 63, wife of the Rev. H. Carlton Moore, died Dec. 11, 2004. In 1963, she joined the Peace Corps, and taught ESL in Ethiopia two years. She taught fifth grade in Acton, MA, before rearing her family, and later taught special education in Foxboro, MA. At Doolittle Home in Foxboro, she served as activities director before retiring in January 2005 due to illness. She was a member of the Unitarian Church in Norton, and its parish committee. She is survived by her husband; three daughters, Emily C. Minihane of Delaware; Rebecca M. Raymond, Franklin, MA; and Meredith M. Owens of North Attleboro; a sister, Morgan Chickering of Brookline, MA ; and two grandchildren.

The Rev. Herbert Carlton Moore, Jr.

uurmapaThe Rev. Herbert Carlton Moore, Jr. died on February 19, 2015, at the age of 80.

He is survived by his daughter, Emily C. Minihane (James), Rebecca M. Raymond (David), and Meredith M. Owens (James); sister, Carol MacLennan; and grandchildren, Lillian, Charlotte , Madeleine, John, Lydia, Alice, Cole and Mason. He is predeceased by his wife Camilla C .Moore; and son, Warren C. Moore.

A funeral service was held on Tuesday, February 24th at 11:00 A.M. at the Norton Memorial Funeral Home, 19 Clapp St., Norton, MA 02766.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Herbert are encouraged to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Ave., Boston, MA 02215 or to Daggett Crandall Newcomb Home, 55 Newland St. Norton, MA 02766.

Notes of condolence may be sent to Mrs. Emily Minihane, 15 Vine Street, Franklin, MA 02038.

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

Judith Margaret (Manwell) Moore

Judy Moore

Judy Moore

Judith Margaret (Manwell) Moore, 82, social worker, and widow of the Rev. Christopher Moore, died in Northampton, MA on December 16, 2016.

Judy grew up in Plattsburgh, NY.  Graduating from Oberlin College in 1956, she taught English for three years in Taiwan, then took her  MSW at the University of Chicago. She made a career as a social worker with children and families at the Salvation Army.

A birthright Unitarian, she joined First Unitarian in Chicago, where she would meet and marry the Rev. Christopher Moore, founder of the famed Chicago Children’s Choir. After his death in 1987, she volunteered for a time with Prof. Ron Engel at Meadville-Lombard. There she discovered a year-long program which took her around the world in 1994-95 with a group of much younger students, studying environmental issues.

Judy’s heart was always in New England, where her family had roots. Inspired by a quest to reduce her environmental footprint, she teamed with her son and only child, Jonathan, a skilled carpenter as well as artist and musician, to build an energy efficient earth-berm house set into the hills of Cummington, MA, in her beloved Berkshires, where she retired.

Very much an individualist, Judy could be cantankerous, yet she was always a people person, keeping in close touch with friends across the country as well as family and neighbors. She is survived by Jonathan, his wife Julie, foster son Paul Robertson, and grandsons Christopher (7) and Esai (1), as well as a younger brother, David, of Plattsburgh. Condolences may be sent to Jonathan and Julie Weismoore at 50 South Maple Street, Bellingham MA 02019.

A memorial service was held at the Village Church in Cummington on January 28, 2016.  Another will be held at First Unitarian in Chicago on Saturday, May 27, 2017, in conjunction with the gala 60th anniversary of the Choir.

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.

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.

Betty (Thrower) Murdock

Betty (Thrower) Murdock died on September 7, 2017 in Tulsa, OK at the age of 88.  Services were held at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa with Rev. Barbara Prose officiating. She was the widow of the Rev. Dr. Virgil E. Murdock.

This post will be updated after a more complete UURMaPA obituary is prepared. Meanwhile, an obituary is here:

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. 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.

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The Rev. Herman Kyle Nagel

Herman Nagel

Herman Nagel

The Rev. Herman Kyle Nagel, 80, died Nov. 18, 2009. Ordained a Methodist pastor, he entered Unitarian fellowship, serving churches in Palmer and Jamaica Plain, MA. He later served as Ministerial Superintendent of the Universalist Convention of North Carolina, and ministered to several churches throughout eastern North Carolina. He was president of Environment Unlimited and taught World Religions and Philosophy at Lenoir Community College. After moving to Houston he became a financial planner, but continued his ministry through many community activities and by officiating at weddings and memorial services and occasionally preaching and providing counseling. He was predeceased by his son, Curtis. He is survived by his wife Barbara, his son, Louis, a daughter-in-law, and four grandchildren.

The Rev. Eugene Barnett Navias

Gene Navias

Gene Navias

The Rev. Eugene Barnett Navias, long-time dedicated religious educator on the UUA staff, died on August 17, 2014, at the age of 86.

Mr. Navias was instrumental in shaping Unitarian Universalist religious education. Throughout his ministry, he led numerous workshops and trainings and brought an experiential approach to teaching those who would then teach children. While serving the UUA as a field consultant, he began developing the About Your Sexuality program. The program was launched in 1971, and was run by Unitarian Universalist congregations for over 25 years. In the late 1970s, Gene collaboratively developed the Renaissance Program, a religious education training program, and in 1981, he developed the UUA’s Accreditation Program for Directors of Religious Education. He was also involved in developing the Meadville Lombard summer and winter institutes for religious educators, and he edited the UUA’s Religious Education AIDS Packet in the late 1980’s. During the ten years that he served as director of the UUA’s Religious Education Department, participation in religious education grew by nearly forty percent.

Eugene Barnett Navias was born on March 18, 1928, to devout Unitarians Dr. Louis Navias and Adelaide Gant Navias.  He was graduated from St. Lawrence University with a Bachelor of Arts in 1949 and from the Theological School of St. Lawrence with a Bachelor of Divinity in 1951.

Mr. Navias was ordained to the ministry by the First Unitarian Church of Cleveland, Ohio, in 1951. He was called to serve as associate minister and director of religious education to the First Unitarian Church of Cleveland from 1951 to 1957; minister to the Unitarian Church of Concord, NH (now UU Church of Concord) from 1957 to 1963; religious education field consultant to the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) from 1963 to 1982; director of the Religious Education Department of the UUA from 1982 to 1993; associate minister to Arlington Street Church of Boston, MA from 1993 to 1999; and Minister Emeritus of Arlington Street Church from 1999 to 2014. In 2005, he was awarded the UUA’s Distinguished Service Award.

Gene successfully united music with religious education. He authored new lyrics to well-known tunes, such as “John Murray Sailed over the Ocean,” as a way of teaching Unitarian Universalist history and theology. He served on a team that studied the feasibility of the first Unitarian Universalist hymnal, and organized a program of narrations and hymns for the 1992 UUA General Assembly titled “Singing – Shouting – Celebrating: 200 Years of Universalism.”

Gene was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Retired Ministers and Partners Association (UURMaPA); the Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA); and was involved with the former Boston UU Gays and Lesbians, which met at Arlington Street Church.

Gene Navias

Gene Navias

Gene had a wide range of interests, and succeeded in many different areas of life. Quite musical, he was an accomplished pianist and a tenor soloist. He was fond of opera, and attended the Glimmerglass Festival each summer. He collected church music, and his collection is now housed at Arlington Street Church. During the six years he served in Concord, NH, he was involved with a community theater organization and performed in a number of musicals. Gene also enjoyed traveling, and with his partner, Jim Buckley, ventured to Austria, the Czech Republic, England, Mexico, and Spain. Additionally, he was interested in antiquing; his mother was an avid antique collector, and she brought Gene along in her hunts. When Gene entered adulthood, he developed his own interest in antiquing, and he soon couldn’t pass by an antique store without entering.

Gene is remembered lovingly by family and friends. His niece, Jennifer Hamlin-Navias, recounts, “he was always very interested in who you were as a person, and whatever response he gave you was crafted around whoever you were” Gene’s partner, Jim, describes him as “energetic” and “effervescent.” He remembers, “to say Gene was good natured would be to put it mildly.”

Gene is survived by his partner and guardian Jim Buckley; nieces Rebecca Atwood (Barry Atwood), Susan Perkins (Mark Perkins), Mathilda Navias (Dan Bell); and nephew Geoffrey Navias (Jennifer Hamlin-Navias). He is also survived by thirteen grandnieces and nephews and three great-grandnieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held on Sunday, October 5th, at Arlington Street Church, 351 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02116.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Gene B. Navias Memorial Fund, Arlington Street Church, 351 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02116. Checks should be made to Arlington Street Church with Gene B. Navias Memorial Fund noted in the memo line.

Notes of condolence may be sent to Jim Buckley, 11A Senate Road, Milford, MA, 01757.

The Rev. Norman V. Naylor

uurmapaThe Rev. Norman V. Naylor, 68, died November 18, 2004. He served congregations in Brooklyn, NY; Winnepeg; Oak Park, IL; Brockton, MA; Pasadena, CA; and East Lansing and Troy, MI. He served as secretary-treasurer and president for the Pacific Southwest District Chapter of the UUMA of and was a Board Member for the Pacific Southwest District. He was founder of the Malibu Study Group for UU ministers and the author of a booklet about the UU Principles. He was a member of a support group for people with HIV and AIDS, and was a hot-line counselor for the Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights. He was also an organist and a singer with various musical groups throughout his life.

The Rev. Richard Reno Neff

Richard Neff

Rick Neff

The Rev. Richard Reno Neff died on March 17, 2012. He was 74 years old. Rev. Neff was born in Bronx, NY, on June 11, 1937, to Mary Himoff and Earl Reno, and lived there until he was nine. His mother later married Walter S. Neff, who adopted him. He attended the University of Chicago for two and a half years and went on to earn his Master of Library Science from Rutgers University. He received his Bachelor of Divinity from Starr King School for the Ministry on June 28th, 1970.

He was ordained by the Universalist Unitarian Church of Farmington Hills, MI on April 4, 1971 where he also served from 1971-1975. He was called to the Hollis Unitarian Church in Hollis, NY from 1976-1979 and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Joliet, IL from 1980-1986. In 1986, he answered a call to the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Essex County in Orange, NJ where he stayed until his retirement from the ministry in 1994. In addition to serving the UU ministry, Rev. Neff managed libraries in Livingston, Butler and Linden, NJ. He loved working as a reference librarian but health issues forced him to retire in 2002.

Even in his final days, Rev. Neff enjoyed sharing his life journey in his e-newsletter “Rick’s Journal.” He will be remembered for his talents writing and performing folk music, as well as for his commitment to the civil rights movement. He joined Martin Luther King, Jr. in the historic Selma to Montgomery march in 1966.

Rev. Neff is survived by his sons, Jeremy and Joshua Neff; his brother Alan Neff; and three grandchildren. There was a memorial service on April 14, 2012.

Bill M. Nelson, MD

Bill and Mary Nelson

Bill and Mary Nelson

Bill M. Nelson, MD, 81, husband of Rev. Mary C. Nelson, died January 31, 2008. The grandson of a Baptist missionary, he followed in his father’s footsteps to become a pathologist. He served in the US Army during the end of World War II. He later did cancer research in Germany and at Oak Ridge (TN) Institute for Nuclear Studies. He enjoyed white water canoeing and water skiing. He also played tuba and sang in the church choir. An active church volunteer, he did planning for the Knoxville UU Church. He had a fascination for languages. Bill also volunteered for the Braille Institute. The Nelsons are survived by their three children, Murfi Pedersen, Martin Nelson and Linda Nelson and their spouses; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

The Rev. Mary Louise Curd Nelson

Bill and Mary Nelson

Bill and Mary Nelson

The Rev. Mary Louise Curd Nelson, 82, died January 11, 2009. She joined the Oak Ridge (TN) congregation in 1956 and became deeply involved in RE. She was church school director while she earned accreditation as a DRE. She then completed independent study to become an MRE. She was fellowshipped by the UUA and ordained by the Knoxville congregation. She also served as an MRE for the UU congregation in Oak Ridge, TN. When she retired in 1988 the Knoxville church named her minister emerita. Her husband, Bill Nelson, died in January a year before she did. She will long be remembered for her passion for civil rights, peace and women’s rights, and for mentoring students of all ages in the independent study program. Her colleague, the Rev. Linnea Pearson said, “Mary was a noble woman and paved the way for others of us to follow. She will be missed and remembered.”

The Rev. Dr. Roberta “Bobbie” Nelson

Bobbie Nelson

Bobbie Nelson

The Rev. Dr. Roberta “Bobbie” Nelson, teacher, sexuality educator, author, chef, and avid reader, died in Deer Isle, Maine, on January 2, 2015 from complications of influenza, surrounded by her family.

Bobbie’s outstanding and lengthy career in Unitarian Universalist religious education and ministry reveals a courageous trailblazer who was deeply respected by her colleagues. A passionate advocate for recognizing the professional status of religious educators, after certification as an Accredited Religious Educator by the UUA in 1967, she was one of the first six ministers to be credentialed as Minister of Religious Education in 1980. She chaired the joint UUA/UCC Sexuality Education Task Force, which wrote the first About Your Sexuality curriculum, and vigorously defended the value of truthful, comprehensive sexuality education on national television in an interview with Bryant Gumbel in 1998.

But she was so much more than her career, impressive as it was. Bobbie was devoted to the arts, enthusiastically reading poetry and attending plays, musicals, and concerts with her husband Chris and their three daughters, as well as visiting museums and art exhibits during their world travels. She excelled at the true art of home making, as she took care that her home was beautiful and the food she served to countless guests was cooked to perfection. She sewed (not just children’s clothing and Halloween costumes, but even her own wedding dress) and knitted, gardened, decorated, and made of the family home a true sanctuary.

Roberta Martin was born in Boston, MA to Raymond A. and Vera R. Martin on June 9, 1935. Her father took two newspapers every day and read them both. They discussed current events at the dinner table, and Bobbie became a political junkie. She was an avid non-fiction and newspaper reader for her entire life, always caring deeply for current events and world affairs. She grew up in Boston, attending Girls Latin High School (the first in her family to graduate from high school and to attend college) and earning a BS degree from Tufts University in 1958, with a certificate from the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development. As a student, she was secretary and treasurer of the American Unitarian Youth, serving on the Board that merged with the Universalist Youth Fellowship to form Liberal Religious Youth in 1954. She participated in an IRF student exchange program, studying in Europe in the summer of 1959 and deepening her sensitivity to international cultures and traditions. The desire for travel, to see and be a part of a larger world, would continue throughout her life.

Her career in religious education began with service to the First Parish in Needham, MA (1959-1973), where she met and married her husband, Christopher Nelson, in 1960. She was the Director of Religious Education at the UU Congregation of Fairfax in Oakton, VA (1973-1980), where she was ordained in 1980, continuing her service there as Minister of Religious Education until 1987. She was then the Minister of Religious Education at Cedar Lane Unitarian Church, Bethesda, MD (1987-2001) and was named Minister Emerita in 2002.

Bobbie Nelson

Bobbie Nelson

The list of her professional achievements is significant. She was the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association Berry Street Essayist in 2002. Her essay, “Spiritual Teaching,” was published in Unitarian Universalism Selected Essays 2003 and in In the Middle of a Journey in 2013. Other awards and honors included receiving the Angus H. MacLean Award for Excellence in Religious Education in 1975; the Doctor of Divinity degree from Meadville Lombard Theological School in 1996; the Axel Award for Teaching Excellence from Meadville Lombard, and the Unitarian Universalist Women’s Federation Ministry to Women Award, both in 2001. She was the Fahs Lecturer at the 1995 UUA General Assembly, offering “Persistent as the Myriad Light of Stars,” which was also published in Unitarian Universalism Selected Essays in 1996. The Roberta M. Nelson Prize for Excellence in Religious Education at Meadville Lombard was established in 1992.

Her volunteer efforts are equally impressive. As mentioned above, she chaired the Sexuality Education Task Force which produced the About Your Sexuality curriculum. She and her husband led workshops training teachers for About Your Sexuality and Our Whole Lives. She served on many UUA committees, including the Curriculum Envisioning Committee, the Nominating Committee, the Panel on Theological Education, Accreditation Committee, Ministerial Fellowship Committee, Board of Review, Affirmative Action Committee for Women in Ministry, and the Benson Committee and Scovel Commission, both related to the recognition of the Ministry of Religious Education. She served on the UUA and Meadville Lombard joint Envisioning Committee concerning the transition of the Independent Study Program from the UUA to Meadville Lombard and the establishment of the Sophia Lyon Fahs Center at Meadville Lombard. She was an advisor to candidates in the ISP and Modified Residency Program from 1971 to 2008.

At Meadville Lombard she served on the Board of Trustees, the Winter Institute Planning Committee (where she was Dean from 1978 to 1994), was Minister in Residence in 1986, and taught religious education courses. She also taught religious education at Pacific School of Religion.

She served on the Board of the UUMA and was Board vice president 2001-2004. She was active in her local Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA) chapter (Greater Washington Religious Unitarian Universalist Professionals, later the Chesapeake Chapter), from 1973 to 2001, and served as vice president, program chair, and president.

An active member of LREDA, she served as secretary, vice president, and president, as well as on many committees, including the Endowment Committee. She chaired the Fahs Lecture Committee, 50th Anniversary Committee, and Publications Committee. She co-led, with Christopher Nelson and others, the LREDA Fall Conference program on Our Whole Lives in 1998.

She was active in local religious educator groups, the Mass Bay Religious Education Team (1965-1973), and the Greater Washington Religious Education Council (GWAREC) from 1973 to 2001, serving as president and in other capacities. She also served on the Board of the Religious Education Association (REA), an interfaith, international association, for seven years, and was both secretary and a member of the program committee.

Over the years, she led or co-led hundreds of religious education workshops and trainings for volunteer teachers and trainers of teachers throughout the United States and Canada, primarily with her husband, Christopher Nelson. In addition to sexuality education workshops, these included The Haunting House, Death and Dying programs, and Religion-Making. She was involved in the development of various religious education programs used widely throughout the UUA: The Haunting House, About Your Sexuality, Our Whole Lives, the Parents series, and Graduate Level Course in Religious Education.

In the mid-80’s she and Chris traveled to Sierra Leone, where their daughter Heather was in the Peace Corps. Being in Africa made a huge impression on her, underscoring the worldview she had attained in childhood that “We’re all just people,” regardless of what their governments are doing. The couple traveled to London, Sweden, Norway, the British Isles several times, and they lived in Abingdon, England when Bobbie was on sabbatical.

After retirement, Bobbie and Chris moved to Sedgwick, Maine, where she was a classroom volunteer for ten years at the local elementary school; she loved hearing the first and second-graders read to her. She also served on the Healthy Peninsula Advisory Committee and continued to enjoy traveling, entertaining, cooking (especially desserts for her grandchildren), knitting, and theater. She was an intrepid grandmother, rising to any challenge from her grandkids (“Would you touch a snake? Go out in a kayak?”) and, when they turned 14, taking the two older grandchildren on separate special trips to Europe.

She was famously well-organized, with systems for everything at home and at work. When she and Chris remodeled their Rockville, MD kitchen, they included two dishwashers, two sinks, and a roomful of superbly organized cabinets; when they designed their home in Maine, Bobbie made sure there was an electrical outlet under every window for the Christmas candles. Always, her home was both a work of art and a welcoming place for myriad guests, not to mention the small animals she encouraged her children to own: gerbils, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, a raccoon and even a deodorized skunk.

She had a wicked sense of humor (though the family admits she never could remember punch lines), and she had a special fondness for chocolate, raspberries, and hazelnuts — especially if they were included in one delicious birthday cake!

Bobbie was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease and Lewy Body Dementia in 2012, moving in 2014 into the Island Nursing Home in Deer Isle where she received loving care and support. “A wink or a hint of a smile became her last words, but love, courage, and faith sustained her to the end. She died at peace,” said her husband.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Christopher Nelson (who misses her loving care and concern for others); their daughters Heather of Surry, ME; Jennifer of Portland, ME; Joy Saams of Gambrills, MD; three grandchildren; and her brother Donald Martin of Ellsworth, ME. Memorial services were held at the Ellsworth, Maine, Unitarian Church on January 10, 2015 and at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church in Bethesda, MD on April 25, 2015.

Condolences may be sent to Chris Nelson and family at 41 Astbury Lane, Sedgwick, ME 04676-3423.

The Rev. Gordon Glenn Newell

uurmapaThe Rev. Gordon Glenn Newell, 89, died March 14, 2007 in Caribou, ME. He was a longtime member of the Caribou UU Church, and is remembered as the “pie parson” for his famous apple pies. He served as a Congregational as well as a UU minister. He was Pastor Emeritus of the First Congregational Church of Shelburne, MA. He had a true passion for life and enjoyed it to its fullest. He loved nature and all of its beauty and also enjoyed good poetry. He is survived by two daughters Judith Solman, and Elizabeth Maifeld; and a son Larry Newell, all of Caribou; six grandchildren; five great-grand-children; and his first wife, Anne Newell of Caribou. Gordon was predeceased by his second wife, Gladys Newell. Memorial services were held at the First Congregational Church, Shelburne, MA.

The Rev. Martha Scott Newman

uurmapaThe Rev. Martha Scott Newman, 84, died August 14. 2007. She served congregations in Alton, IL; Clinton, IA; Ellisville, MO; and the Unitarian Society of Houlton, ME, which named her Minister Emerita. She is survived by two children, Amy Rouse of Skowhegan, and J Mark Newman of Surprise, Arizona; and two foster daughters, Kay Keaton of St. Charles, Missouri and Ruth Eltinge of St. Louis; 14 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Messages may be sent to: Amy Rouse. A service was held Sept. 8 at the Unitarian Society of Houlton.

Isabel Paine Niles

Isabel Paine Niles

Isabel Paine Niles

Isabel Paine Niles, 90, widow of the Rev. Albert C. Niles, died November 9, 2010. She attended St. Lawrence University for two years. After her marriage, she coordinated and taught in the Sunday schools at the Universalist churches in South Weymouth, MA, Auburn and Bangor, ME, and Brockton, MA, where her husband served as minister. With their five children in school, she resumed her education at SLU when the family moved to Canton, NY. She taught high school English in Russell and Dolgeville, NY, Bridgewater, MA, and Auburn, ME. Isabel was a voracious reader with a passion for genealogy. She amazed her then 92-year old father by finding out information about his father. She was a faithful letter writer who kept up a “round robin” correspondence with friends for more than 60 years. She is survived by her children Ann, David, Jonathan, Martha, and Walter; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

The Rev. James Clark Norman

uurmapaThe Rev. James Clark Norman, 69, died of a heart attack at his home in Canterbury, NH on March 24, 2007. Prior to his ordination he served in the U.S. Marine Corps and later with VISTA, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and The Federal Aviation Administration. He completed his M.Div from Starr King in 1986. He served with West Valley UU Church of Glendale, AZ and Valley UU Church; South Church in Concord, NH; and as District Executive for NH/VT. A memorial service will be held at South Church in Concord later. Survivors include his widow Sabena and his daughter Pilar.

Glenna Norsworthy

Glenna Norsworthy

Glenna Norsworthy

Glenna Norsworthy, 72, wife of the Rev. Richard J. Norsworthy, died January 20, 2007, in Tucson, AZ. A native of Calais, ME, she was a graduate of Caribou High School. When she married her husband he was in the USAF, serving in the Korean War. She was a fulltime homemaker who maintained a neat, orderly home which eventually included three sons, reared in an atmosphere of love. She was a hugger, a good listener, a good friend to any who needed a friend, and she had many. She was survived by her husband, the Rev. Richard J. Norsworthy, and their sons, Rick, Dane, and Scott. (Rick died after a long illness in April, 2011.) The couple served congregations in Dover-Foxcroft and Dexter, ME; N. Weymouth, MA; Clearwater, FL; Victoria, BC; and Woonsocket, RI.

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Paul E. O’Connell

Paul O'Connell

Paul O’Connell

Paul E. O’Connell, 90, husband of the Rev. Phyllis B. O’Connell, died peacefully on Nov. 14, 2015. Born Dec. 15, 1924, Paul was the last of nine children born to Catherine and William O’Connell. He grew up in Cambridge, MA and at age 18 joined the US Army Air Corps serving as a First Lt. in WWII. He was a navigator on a B-17 bomber and, while on a mission, his plane was shot down and the entire crew was captured and sent to a POW camp in Germany.

Returning home, he, along with three of his brothers, went to Harvard University on the GI Bill. He married his first wife, Eleanor, while in school. They had six children: Brian, Eileen, Phillip, Douglas, Donald and Lori.

Paul spent his career as a college textbook publisher working first as an Editor for Prentice Hall. He stayed at Prentice Hall for 25 years and while there published The Jerome Biblical Commentary, among hundreds of other texts. In 1969, he and a partner started Winthrop Publishers, a subsidiary of Prentice Hall, focusing on texts in the humanities and social sciences. Paul served as Chairman of the Board of Winthrop until 1983.

It was at Winthrop where he met his second wife, Phyllis. They were married for 45 years and have two children, Stephanie and Kirsten.

In post-retirement years, Paul worked as a consultant for Lyceum Press, Bobbs Merrill, Dorsey Press, Pine Forge Press and Lyceum Press. He took his last business trip to an academic convention in Dallas at age 85.

Paul loved to travel. His favorite destinations were France and Italy. His hobbies included singing in church choirs and amateur musicals and, in the last two years, singing with a small vocal group at Youville House, the assisted living facility where he lived.

Golf was also a lifetime hobby and he played tennis until his hips gave out. Paul was an avid sports fan of every Boston team, and a day didn’t begin until he had read The Boston Globe. He leaves his wife, Phyllis, his eight children, nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Nov. 22, 2015 at First Parish, Unitarian Universalist, Wayland, MA.

Notes of remembrance may be sent to Phyllis O’Connell, 164 Galen St., Apt. 86, Watertown, MA 02472.

The Rev. Roy A. Ockert

Roy Ockert

Roy Ockert

The Rev. Roy A. Ockert, 87, died July 16, 2008. He was ordained in 1967 by the First Unitarian Church of Berkeley, CA. He joined in one of the most heated 20th century controversies within our religious movement – the Black Empowerment movement in the late sixties. He was one of three white members of the Black Affairs Council in the first year of its existence. Rev. Ockert also served the Unitarian Society of Orange County in Anaheim, CA and the Unitarian Universalist Church in Fullerton, CA. His wife of 39 years, Virginia Mikulik died in 1989. In 1999 he married Delta Duke McClung of Salem, OR, who survives him. Other survivors include two sons, three daughters, three step-children, 21 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

The Rev. Margaret Odell

uurmapaThe Rev. Margaret Odell, 94, died May 28, 2007, following a stroke. She served congregations as a religious educator in Wellesley Hills, and Worcester, MA; Germantown, PA; Princeton, NJ; Alexandria and Reston, VA; and Columbia, MD, where she was named minister emerita in 1983. She was educational consultant in the Ohio-Meadville District 1968-1977. She participated in organizing the Liberal Education Directors Association and served as LREDA president from 1953-1955. In 1974 she was awarded the Angus MacLean award for excellence in religious education. A memorial service was held at the UU Congregation of Columbia on July 8.

The Rev. Howard Wayne Oliver

uurmapaThe Rev. Howard Wayne Oliver, 85, died March 20, 2005. He served in the US Marine Corps during World War II, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He received a BA from Harvard, an MA from UCLA, and an MA from the Graduate School of Religion, University of Southern California. He served congregations in Los Angeles; Silver Spring, MD; and Berkeley, CA. He joined the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists in 1973 and served as Executive and National Director until his retirement in 1986. Surviving is his wife of 50 years, Joyce Oliver; three children, Kimberley, Pamela and Peter; and two grandchildren.

The Rev. Dr. David P. Osborn

uurmapaThe Rev. Dr. David P. Osborn died August 4, 2004, of complications from heart surgery. He served the North Shore Unitarian Universalist Society (now Shelter Rock), Manhasset, NY, and was minister emeritus there. He also served congregations in Brooklyn, NY; Marblehead, MA; Adelphi, MD; Paramus, NJ; and England. He was survived by his wife of 51 years, Janet Osborn.

Janet Hooper Osborn

uurmapaJanet Hooper Osborn, widow of the Rev. David Osborn, died Dec. 22, 2004, in Albuquerque, NM where she and David had moved after retirement from the ministry. Janet served as national co-chair of the Volunteer Service Corps to UUSC Board and later as consultant to the Volunteer Program. She had a passion for social justice. She retained her dignity and grace as her body became increasingly frail late in life.

The Rev. Judith Brown Osgood

Judith Brown Osgood

Judith Brown Osgood

The Rev. Judith Brown Osgood, 66, died June 4, 2009 at Milford Region Medical Center, Milford, MA. Born in Connecticut, she earned degrees at the University of Hartford, St. Joseph College and Starr King. An inner city, outpatient drug and alcohol treatment program director, she was called to the UU ministry. She was honored with the UUWF’s Feminist Theology Award for researching and collecting sermons of Pacific Coast lay and clergywomen. She served congregations in WY, MA, and CT, while still doing counseling. She found her true calling as a hospice chaplain. At the time of her death she was employed by Jewish Health Services in Worcester, MA. Judith trained with her yellow Lab, Thompson, to work in a reading education program (teams encourage children to read by having the dogs present as non-judgmental listeners). She was a life member of the United States Tennis Association, who loved spending time with her grandchildren and her Lab. She also made time to enjoy gardening, fishing, and was a Red Sox fan. Survivors include her life partner Wendy Innis; her children, Daphne Lynn Sanford and Benjamin Ward Dunning; her brother and four grandchildren.

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Gladys Elgie (Stone) Soroka Parkhurst

uurmapaGladys Elgie (Stone) Soroka Parkhurst, 95, died December 22, 2007 in Whitingham, VT. She was the widow of Rev. Dr. John Q. Parkhurst, a retired UU minister from Joliet, IL, who died in 1989. Her first husband, John E. Soroka, a tool and die maker at Ford Motors, died in 1977. She worked for four decades as a nurse in Detroit. Late in her career she served as a medical evaluator in the Levels of Care Program, inspecting nursing homes. In 1983 she returned to her birth state of Vermont. She was an active volunteer in the historical societies of southeastern Vermont and traced her ancestry to John and Priscilla Alden. She is survived by her daughters, Sherry Duff and Mary Frame, a brother, five grandsons and two great grandsons.

Marcia Rogers Payson

Marcia Rogers Payson

Marcia Rogers Payson

Marcia Rogers Payson, 77, died peacefully on May 31, 2013, surrounded by family at Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford following a courageous battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

Marcia was born May 25, 1936, in Cortland, N.Y., to the late Wilbur H. and Dorla Smith Rogers. She was a 1954 graduate of Cincinnatus High School and a 1958 graduate of Cortland Teachers College (now SUNY Cortland). She was a remarkable elementary and middle school teacher, homemaker, healer, lecturer, Director of Religious Education, volunteer coordinator, caretaker, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, friend and spouse. She had an infectious sense of humor, a keen intellect, an empathetic ear, a warm countenance and a justice-seeking spirit.

She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Robert E. Payson, and brother Wilbur C. Rogers. She leaves behind her beloved partner Nancy Cunningham of Saco; sons Rev. Aaron (Kristen) Payson and Marc Payson, both of Worcester, Mass.; grandchildren Hope Marie Rios of Davenport, Fla., Morgaine and Charles Payson of Worcester, and a great granddaughter, Nyah Nicole Morales of Florida; brothers Robert (Gloria) Rogers of Cortland, Donald Rogers of Mo., and Roy (Alyce) Rogers of Okla.; sisters Mary Lou Lehman of Johnson City, N.Y., Elaine (Jim) Aiken of Pitcher, N.Y., and Diane Slade of Groton; sister-in-law Maureen Rogers; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Since moving to Maine in 1999, Marcia was an active member of the Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church in Portland, a Life Member of Ferry Beach Park Association in Saco and a singer with Harbour Singers, a hospice choir based in Saco.

A Celebration of Life was held at 1:30 p.m. June 15 at the Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church, 524 Allen Ave., Portland, ME 04103, with the Rev. Mykel Johnson officiating; interment at a later date will be in Taylor, N.Y. Arrangements are under the care of A.T. Hutchins Funeral and Cremation Services, Brighton Ave, Portland. To offer words of condolence and share memories with the family, please go to

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Marcia may be made to Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church, 524 Allen Ave., Portland ME 04103, or to Ferry Beach Park Association, 5 Morris Ave., Saco, ME 04072.

The Rev. Edgar “Ed” Peara

Ed Peara

Ed Peara

The Rev. Edgar “Ed” Peara, decorated WW II veteran, long-time parish minister, pro-choice counselor, tireless pacifist, devoted father, and energetic volunteer in retirement to his local community died suddenly at age 92 while cleaning up brush in his yard in Eugene, Oregon, on 22 February 2014.

Edgar Peara’s activism for peace, growing out of a fundamental gentleness and love for the good that he found in people, was both expressed in and shaped by his military service. “The war made me a pacifist,” he once said — but clearly the inclination was already in his bones as he found ways of acting as a soldier for peace in the midst of war. “When I was asked to remove the resistance in Algeria, rather than expecting the people to resist, I took off my helmet, left my pistol behind, told the men to follow me and not to fire unless fired on. Then I went house to house, knocked on doors and said, ‘We come in peace. We are here only to have you surrender arms and then we will move on.’ By coming in peace, no one resisted us. No one gave us any trouble and we collected so many arms we could hardly carry them all.”

Mr. Peara was one of only a few to serve in three theaters of World War II — Africa, Europe, and the Pacific. As a lieutenant, combat engineer, and company adjutant, he led a unit specializing in supporting large amphibious invasions, clearing the way for the infantry and keeping the Army on the move. After participating in the invasions of Sicily and mainland Italy, he was moved to the southwest coast of England to help with D-day readiness, and he landed at Utah Beach on 6 June 1944. Early that morning, finding a medical aid station under intense fire, he scrambled to find a more protected area. Then, dodging bullets and shells, he ran back to help the wounded to safety. Transferred later to the Pacific, his next job would have been preparing the way for a ground assault on Honshu, had the war not been ended by the atomic bomb. Instead he was assigned to disarm Japanese troops in Korea and help create a new government. He recalled proudly “that I was always able to do whatever my duties required without ever harming the forces we faced.”

More than 65 years later, his service earned him France’s highest military honor, the Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur. Friends and family packed Eugene’s City Council Chambers on 14 April 2011 to hear French Deputy Consul, Mme. Corinne Pereira, say: “More than 60 years ago, you rescued people you didn’t even know. But you can be sure that those people… have not forgotten. Their children and grandchildren — I am one of them — have not forgotten and will never forget.” Afterwards, Ed often enjoyed announcing that “I am now the Rev. Sir Edgar Peara.” His award was also recognized in the Congressional Record by Oregon’s Senator Ron Wyden, who wrote, as part of a much longer laudatory entry:

As an Oregonian, I could not be more proud of Edgar, his wonderful story, and his life’s work. He truly is a hero and embodies the best of our State. As our Nation continues to struggle in conflicts overseas, Edgar serves as a testament to the belief that sometimes restraint is as powerful as force in times of war.

In the early years of his parish ministry, prior to the Roe v. Wade decision, abortion rights counseling was a major focus of Ed’s activism. Widowed with four young sons in 1964, he recalled learning at first hand “of the dedication, work, love and unselfishness that caring for children required. I felt strongly that no woman should ever have to be a parent unless she chose to do so.” In the Chicago area he became acquainted with the Rev. Spencer Parsons, Dean of the University of Chicago’s Rockefeller Chapel, and learned of his connections to competent providers of compassionate but illegal assistance in reproductive choice, whose services he used in his ministry to women students. “I told him I would recruit clergy to serve, if he would supply the providers.” Beginning with 16 ministers and 2 rabbis to become counselors to women seeking abortions, the group eventually grew to 50 clergy counselors. Ed recalled this work with satisfaction and pride:

For four years our Chicago Area Clergy Counseling Service for Problem (i.e., unwanted) Pregnancies provided tens of thousands of illegal, but safe abortions. I personally helped 700 women during those years. We had daily newspaper ads inviting women to use our services. My work was described in a NBC TV interview and in a Chicago Daily News Article. The law never bothered us. Police would bring their wives and women friends to us.

Edgar Child Westling was born in Moline, Illinois, 22 July 1921 to A. Conrad Westling and Grace Child. After his mother’s subsequent marriage to A. T. Peara, Ed took “Peara” as his own last name. Resuming studies after the war, he was graduated in 1947 from Principia College (a Christian Science school in Elsah, Illinois) and worked as a registered Christian Science practitioner for eleven years, including service in military chaplaincy at the US Naval Training Center in Great Lakes, Illinois, during the Korean conflict.

Ever seeking to broaden his understanding, Ed was attracted to Ernest Holmes, Thomas Troward, and other writers in the “New Thought” movement, and began using their metaphysical therapy in his practice, eventually finding Christian Science “too rigid and close-ended.” As he searched for a more open religious body in the late 1950s, he encountered the Unitarian advertisement: “You are a Unitarian without knowing it, if you believe that truth unfolds forever.” Finding and pursuing his new calling with astounding determination and energy, Ed recalled his seminary years:

I took the plunge in spite of having a wife, two sons and a job at the Chicago YMCA as an academic executive. I applied to Meadville/Lombard, was accepted and given a full scholarship. I quit my job and moved my wife and sons, Chris and Jon, to Woodlawn, and began the program. My third son, Tim, was born the first night of my classes at M/L, Oct. 1, 1960. The U. of Chicago’s policy of letting students advance as rapidly as they met degree requirements suited me. I accelerated and received my degree in June 1962, twenty months after I started. During that time at M/L, I also preached every Sunday, taught four courses a term in Chicago’s YMCA night school and had a therapy practice.

Ed and Phyllis Peara

Ed and Phyllis Peara

Ordained in 1963, the Rev. Mr. Peara was first called to a yoked ministry in Vermont, with a 9 a.m. service at the Universalist Church in Chester Depot and an 11 a.m. service at the UU Church of Springfield. His fourth son Andy was born there in 1964, and just six weeks later his wife died, leaving him the single father of four little boys. Learning that his oldest son’s first-grade class began with daily Bible reading and the Lord’s Prayer, Ed took his objections successively to the teacher, the principal, the local and state boards of education, and finally to the attorney general, resulting in a statewide cessation of the practice in public schools. Sadly, Ed’s parishioners were unhappy with him when their conservative neighbors chided them about their “irreligious minister,” and his lobbying against America’s growing Vietnam involvement earned him an “unpatriotic” reputation. Moving to the more liberal Chicago area, the Rev. Mr. Peara served successively the Lake Shore Unitarian Society of Wilmette (1967-76), the New Trier Unitarian Society of Wilmette (1977-87), and the UU Community Church of Park Forest (1987-97), whence he retired as Minister Emeritus. At the Seattle UUA GA in 1970, Ed met Phyllis Sorensen, an “adorable” lay delegate from Omaha, herself a single parent of four children. A month later they were married.

During all his ministries, Edgar Peara was active in community, collegial, and UUA service. He was president of both the New Hampshire/Vermont and the Central Midwest Districts; social action consultant to the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee; and president of the UUMA’s Chicago Area Liberal Ministers’ Group. In addition to four years as an abortion counselor for the Chicago Area Clergy Counseling Service, he founded the North Shore Peace Initiative in Illinois, and served on human relations commissions in both Wilmette and Park Forest.

Ed Peara

Ed Peara

The astounding energy of Mr. Peara’s commitments never flagged in retirement. After an interim ministry in Aukland, New Zealand, in 2000, Ed and Phyllis moved to Eugene, Oregon, to live near his youngest son. Over the years there, through his 80s and into his 90s, Ed was active in no less than forty-two volunteer organizations and activities, including planting trees, delivering Meals on Wheels, park and native plant nursery work, construction, feeding the poor, work for liberal politics, Veterans for Peace, and many more. Besides occasional preaching at the Eugene UU Church, he continued a therapy and counseling practice, wrote regularly for “Heart to Heart,” a religious column in the local newspaper, and was a frequent officiant for weddings and memorials. In March 2012 the local Red Cross Chapter gave him an “Everyday Hero” medal for being “Senior Compassion Hero.”

His son, Tim, remembers his father for valuing family, and collecting and telling jokes. He describes his father as a “kind and generous man,” who was “very concerned about the community in which he lived.”

Edgar Peara is survived by sons, Chris, Jon, Tim, and Andy Peara, stepchildren Portia Blackman, Allan Ball, Leah Pahlmeyer, and Sarah Taylor, ten grandchildren, two great grandchildren, two nieces, a nephew, and a cousin. A Celebration of Life was held on 17 May 2014 at the UU Church in Eugene, Oregon.

Memorial donations may be made to The UU Church in Eugene, or to any one of the many organizations in the Eugene area to which Ed dedicated his volunteer time in his retirement years: Unity of the Valley, Nearby Nature, The Village School, Red Cross of Lane County, Community Alliance of Lane County, Friends of Buford Park, or Friends of Hendricks Park.

Phyllis Peara

Phyllis Peara

Phyllis Peara

Phyllis Peara, 83, wife of the Rev. Sir Edgar Peara, died of congestive heart failure March 6, 2011 in Eugene, OR. A graduate of the U. of Nebraska, she was a junior high school teacher. She was president of the League of Women Voters in several communities. Phyllis was named the “Outstanding Woman of the Year” in Chicago’s north suburbs. An unparalleled minister’s wife, at UU Community Church, Park Forest, IL, she was named “UU Unsung Hero.” She was an avid reader who belonged to four book clubs and was active in OLLI, the senior program at the U. of Oregon. She is survived by her husband, her children, Portia Blackman and Alan Ball of Santa Fe, NM, Leah Pahlmeyer of Durango, CO, and Sarah Taylor of North Oaks, MN, and her four stepsons: Christopher, Jonathan, Timothy and Andrew Peara, as well as her sister, Gena Sorensen, of Oakland, CA, and ten grandchildren and one great grandson.

The Rev. Dr. George J.W. Pennington

George Pennington

George Pennington

The Rev. Dr. George J.W. Pennington, 86, died January 10, 2012. A. native of Salem, MA, he held BA, STM, MA and DD degrees from Tufts University. He served churches in Wakefield, Norwell and Arlington, MA; Concord, NH; Springfield, MA and Montclair, NJ. After retiring he continued as a pastoral counselor with UU Counseling and Educational Service of NJ Area Council. He was a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice in West Orange, NJ and White Plains, NY. He was active in the civil rights and peace movements. He served on the board of directors of the Council on Aging in Longmeadow, MA. He volunteered to nurture babies at Baystate Medical Center. He was predeceased by his wife, the Rev. Shannon Bernard, and his brother, Donald. He is survived by his life partner, Marjorie Morgan; a son, Scot and daughter-in-law, Joyce; a son Bruce; a daughter, Joy, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Wana Perry

uurmapaWana Perry died on July 13, 2012 at her home in North Las Vegas. She was 81 years old. In her younger years she was employed as a Psychiatric Technician at Greystone State Hospital, the New Jersey Diagnostic Center and Payne Whitney Clinic in New York.

After spending some ten years as a stay at home Mom she reentered the workforce as a Claims Examiner for the Prudential Insurance Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Upon moving to Philadelphia, she became Director of Admissions and then Business Manager for Friends Select School. While living in Chester, Nova Scotia she served as Coordinator for the local Hockey Rink and Curling Club. In Massachusetts she held the position of Business Manager for The Newton Wesley Weston Committee. Her final full time position was Coordinator for the Upton Council on Aging.

In her role as Minister’s wife she served as Religious Education Director for Unitarian Churches in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Grafton, Massachusetts.

In her retirement she took part time positions serving as Administrative Assistant at Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary in Worcester, Secretary for the Fairmont Methodist Church in St. Paul, Minnesota and the Redwood Middle School in Saratoga, California, and Research Assistant for the Satellite Health Corporation in Redwood City; as well as volunteer work for The Tech Museum of Innovation and the Repertory Theater in San Jose.

She loved being a Wife, Mother and Grandmother. She took joy in preparing gourmet meals. She constantly wrote poetry and prose. One of her final projects was a book filled with photos and memories, entitled This Much I Remember that she wrote and published for her children and grandchildren.

She is pre-deceased by her husband and love of her life, Rev. Richard A. Perry, and survived by four children: John Perry of Oakland, Tara Perry of North Las Vegas, Richard Perry of San Jose, and Mina Perry of Toronto; plus 7 grandchildren, Ryan, Katelyn, Nicole, Kelsey, Wana, Richard, and Jeremy; plus 2 great-grandchildren, Ender and Yanni.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Nathan Adelson Hospice, Las Vegas.

Tawnya Phifer

Tawnya Phifer

Tawnya Phifer

Tawnya Phifer, 67, wife of the Rev. Kenneth W. Phifer, died peacefully at Arbor Hospice, Ann Arbor, MI, on September 21, 2014. She died of complications from ovarian cancer.

She was born April 4, 1947 in Toledo, Ohio to Donald Elwin Fuller and Mary Lee (Ely) Fuller. The eldest of five children, she grew up in Temperance, MI, graduating as co-valedictorian from Bedford High School in 1965.

She got married and moved to Ludington, MI and then to Hawaii, with her husband, who was serving in the U.S Coast Guard. She lived there from 1968-1972, then returned to Temperance to attend college. She worked for her father as a bookkeeper during her college years. In 1974 she graduated with highest honors from Monroe Community College. Two years later she graduated, again with highest honors, from Eastern Michigan University, majoring in accounting. She earned credentials as a CPA.

She married Dave Warnock in 1978 and they had two children, Janelle and April. Tawnya often said that the best years of her life were her twelve years as a full-time mother. She enjoyed baking, sewing, helping at school, and encouraging her girls in dance and gymnastics. In 1990 she was hired by McKinley Realty, in Ann Arbor, where she worked for twelve years. She then worked at DTE Energy in the Trading Division. She retired from DTE at the end of 2012. She had married Ken Phifer in 2003.

A memorial service was held for Tawnya at the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Ann Arbor on Saturday, October 11 at 11 a.m. Tawnya’s family and friends say she will be remembered as a kind, gentle, witty, intelligent, warm, courageous, and graceful woman.

Tawnya is survived by her husband, Ken; her parents; her brothers, Donald (Janis), Danny (Pam), Dane (Cathy), and David, her daughters, Janelle (Eric) and April; grandchildren: Ashlyn, Gavin, Kaleb, Kairi, Lyric and a baby girl due shortly; step-children Kathy (Donnie), Karl (Paige), and Dave; step-grandchildren Michael and Spencer, Gabriel and Paityn, Therion and Caleb; seven nephews and a niece.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to any of the following: The First Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 4001 Ann Arbor Saline Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103; The Cancer Support Community, 2010 Hogback Road, Suite 3, Ann Arbor, MI 48105; Arbor Hospice, 2366 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Condolences may go to: Ken Phifer, 1201 W. Liberty, Ann Arbor, MI 48103.

The Rev. Roy D. Phillips

Roy Phillips

Roy Phillips

The Rev. Roy D. Phillips, 66, died of a heart attack April 24, 2008, while visiting family in Morocco. He had survived pancreatic cancer for nearly five years. Roy was ordained and installed in 1967 at what was then the UU Church of Racine and Kenosha in Racine, Wisconsin where he served until 1971, when he began his service to the Unity Church-Unitarian in St. Paul, Minnesota. The congregation named him minister emeritus 27 years later. He then served as interim minister in Cleveland, Ohio, and Pensacola and Valparaiso, Florida, before being called to the UU Church of Tucson, AZ from which he retired in 2004. He is survived by his life partner, Patricia Harmon of Tucson.

Margaret C. “Maggie” Pipes

uurmapaMargaret C. “Maggie” Pipes, 85. died on May 24, 2012. This summary of her life is taken from a beautiful tribute to her, written by husband, the Rev. Ernie Pipes, and delivered at the celebration of her life held on June 30th, which would have been their 63rd wedding anniversary.

Maggie grew up in a small town in Texas near the Mexican border.  She was bi-lingual, owned a horse, and was loved by parents who helped her develop a strong sense of self and confidence.  She graduated from Trinity University with a major in Theater Arts.  Her social concerns and liberal outlook took her to the Unitarian Church of San Antonio where was she active in local politics and justice issues; it was there that she met Ernie, whom she married on June 30, 1949. After Ernie’s graduate work at Harvard, he was called to his first pastorate in Albany, NY. Maggie immediately became involved in the Montgomery Bus Boycott, with an intense commitment to the civil rights movement.

Maggie and Ernie raised three children, moving to Santa Monica in 1956, where she continued her dedication to social action.  In the 1960s, in response to the urban crisis in LA, she helped create the Mafundi Institute, a center in Watts which taught film making, drama, dance and writing.  In 1973 Maggie began to work with Cesar Chavez, representing the UUA to the National Farm Workers Ministry and, with Howard Matson, helped establish the UU Ministry to Migrant Farm Workers.  Her work on their behalf extended over three decades.

Maggie was also instrumental in the Sanctuary Movement of the 1980s, which rescued Central Americans fleeing death squads, torture, and political repression. She inspired the Santa Monica congregation to sponsor a family from Guatemala, raising the bond money to move them out of INS detention and guide them through the process to win legal status. Outraged by the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador, Maggie helped to create the Oscar Romero Spanish-speaking UU congregation at First Unitarian Church in LA, which has been active since 1982.

The riots following the Rodney King beating and trial in 1992 were in the vicinity of the First Unitarian Church. The Rev. Linnea Pearson turned to Maggie to form the UU Crisis Response Network, which became the Urban Ministry, serving the inner city through numerous community programs. Maggie served as chair from its inception in 1997.

In recognition for her many years of unheralded service in the cause of social action and liberal values, in 2002 Maggie was awarded the Unsung UU Award by the UU Association. As her health deteriorated Maggie still “worked the telephone” on issues and causes of concern to her and maintained a network of close connections with a large group of friends. What friends and family remember most about Maggie is the warmth and love which she brought to her relationships, and they were graced to have known this beautiful person.

The Rev. Carolyn F. B. Podulka

uurmapaThe Rev. Carolyn F. B. Podulka, 74, died August 17. 2007. She served the Unitarian Church of Evanston as a Minister of Religious Education. She was a Pastoral Counselor at the Hospice of the Northshore in Wilmette, IL. Surviving are her husband, Gene Podulka, and her children W. David Buss of Los Angeles, CA; Dennis F. Buss of Lake Forest, IL; Timothy D. Buss of Bay City, MI; and Heidi Ann Buss of St. Paul, MN; 15 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Messages may be sent to Gene Podulka. A service was held Sept. 22 at the Northshore Unitarian Church, Deerfield, IL.

Barbara Ellen Pontier

uurmapaBarbara Ellen Pontier, 91, widow of Rev. Raymond J. Pontier, died October 19, 2007 in Raritan Township, NJ. A graduate of the New Jersey College for Women-Rutgers University, she retired in 1985 from Clifton, NJ High School, where she taught math. Barbara was a member of the NEA, NJEA and the NAACP. Her husband, Raymond Pontier, who predeceased her in 2004, was a minister, and together they served Reformed Church of America and Unitarian Universalist Association congregations in Berne, NY; Kingston, NY; Port Jervis, NY; Clifton, NJ; Wayne, NJ; Narrowsburg, NY and Lakeland, FL. She moved to Lambertville, NJ in 2004. She is survived by her three children, five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

The Rev. Glyn Pruce

Glyn Pruce

Glyn Pruce

The Rev. Glyn Pruce, British sailor, parish minister, World War Two historian and devoted grandfather, died on June 1, 2015 at Mease-Country Hospital in Safety Harbor, Florida. He was 86 years old.

Glyn John Pruce was born on December 25, 1928, in London, England, to John and Ethel Pruce. When German bombs fell on London in 1940, he was one of many children moved to the English countryside during “the Blitz.”

At 16, in 1945, he signed up and joined the British Merchant Marines. His ship was headed toward the Pacific Theatre battles when the Japanese surrendered. He spent the next three years traveling with the Marines visiting China and India. The impact of seeing the human suffering in these countries led him eventually to the ministry, although he had also considered missionary work.

He received a Bachelor of Arts from the London Polytechnic Institute in 1954 and a Diploma in Ministry from Manchester College (of Oxford, England) in 1958. In 1960, he married the former Edna E. Wilson in England and became Unitarian Minister at the Hale Barnes Chapel in Cheshire. They moved from England to Boston, Massachusetts, along with their son Timothy, and lived there for 9 years, where he obtained a Bachelor of Sacred Theology (S.T.B.) from Boston University in 1965; and a Master of Arts in Theology from Boston University in 1970.

Mr. Pruce was ordained by the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches in London in 1958, and received Unitarian Universalist ministerial fellowship in 1973. He served as interim minister to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, GA from 1974 to 1975; minister to the Lakeshore Unitarian Church of Pointe Claire, Québec from 1975 to 1978; minister to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, NY from 1978 to 1983; minister to The Great Meeting (Unitarian) of Leicester, UK from 1983 to 1987; minister to the Old Meetinghouse (Unitarian), Bessells Green of Kent, UK and the Maidstone Unitarian Church of Kent, UK from 1987 to 1992; and minister to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tarpon Springs, FL from 1992 to 1997.

Ward Knights recalls that he engaged in a six-month ministry exchange with Glyn and his wife Florence in about 1990; Ward and Lucy went to Maidstone, Kent and the Pruces came to Tarpon Springs, where Ward served at the time. “The Tarpon congregation was very much pleased with Glyn’s sermonic abilities,” he continues, “and subsequently Glyn came from the UK to be the settled minister in Tarpon when I moved on to another congregation.”

The Rev. Mr. Pruce was quite active within the denomination throughout his thirty-nine years of ministry. He served various committees and organizations during his time in the United Kingdom, including the Unitarian Ministers Association and the Unitarian Commission on Society and the Family. In the United States, he served as secretary of the St. Lawrence District Chapter of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association from 1975 to 1980; and moderator of the Arlington Street Unitarian Universalist Church from 1969 to 1970.

He taught sociology at Northeastern University, in Boston, and took part in a doctoral program in the Sociology of Education at Boston University. He worked on Boston’s Redevelopment Authority, and was an avid reader and World War II history buff. He loved classical music, traveling and spending time with his granddaughter, whom he affectionately called “Mistress Eden Willow.” Glyn’s, son, Timothy, recalls that Eden was his “pride and joy, and the love of his life.”

Glyn is survived by his son, Timothy; granddaughter, Eden Pruce; companion, Constance Traycheff, and her family; stepchildren, Susan, Robert, Michael and their families; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held on June 27th, 2015 in Palm Harbor, FL 34683.

Notes of condolence may be sent to Timothy Pruce and Family, 157-10 Riverside Drive West, Apt. 14Q, New York, NY 10032, and to Constance Traycheff, 2664 Pine Ridge Way South, Apt. D1, Palm Harbor, FL 34684.

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The Rev. Judith Lorraine Quarles

Judith Quarles

Judith Quarles

The Rev. Judith Lorraine Quarles, 67, died peacefully in hospice care at home on April 9, 2009, from complications of brain cancer. A graduate of Harpur College (now SUNY Binghamton) she worked for the NYS Department of Labor. She also served as DRE at the Buffalo (NY) Church. After her husband Edgar died in 1985, she earned her M.Div. at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. She served congregations in Lockport, NY, Mississauga, ON, and Oneonta, NY. Judy was a passionate advocate for social action, both in her local community and beyond. She was instrumental in launching the initiative that created the Oneonta Free Clinic. She was proud of the link the Oneonta congregation established with a school in Mali to provide them with much needed financial support. The UU Society of Oneonta named her minister emerita in 2008. She is survived by her loving companion, Tom O’Brien of Oneonta, her daughters, Karen Quarles of New York City, Emily Quarles Mowrer of Gilbertsville, PA, and her younger sister

The Rev. Harold J. Quigley

uurmapaThe Rev. Harold J. Quigley, 92, died Feb. 5, 2005 in Kent, OH. He was ordained in 1939 and fellowshipped in 1960. He had served in Meadville, PA and retired in 1983. He was survived by his wife Wilma and their son Harold.

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The Rev. Dr. Peter Spilman Raible

uurmapaThe Rev. Dr. Peter Spilman Raible, 74, died May 17, 2004 of congestive heart failure in a hospice in Seattle, WA. He served congregations in Providence, RI; Lincoln, NE; Seattle, Tacoma and Bainbridge, WA; Tulsa, OK; and Kirkwood, MO.. He was executive director for the Pacific Northwest District and served as Interim Director of Settlement at the UUA. He is survived by his brother, the Rev. Christopher Raible of Creemore, ON; his children, the Rev. Deborah Raible of Seattle; Stephen Raible of Stanwood, WA; Robin Raible of Seattle; and Robert Raible of Danville, CA; and eight grandchildren.

The Rev. Earle R. Ramsdell

Earle Ramsdell

Earle Ramsdell

The Rev. Earle R. Ramsdell, American Baptist minister, pastoral counselor, and beloved colleague in the Southwest District, died at home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on April 23, 2016.

Earle Ramsdell was born May 27, 1921 in Somerville MA, to Lloyd and Anna (McDonald) Ramsdell. He graduated from Boston University with a BS in Education in 1944, then obtained a Master of Divinity at Andover Newton Theological School in 1946 and a second masters degree in counseling in 1972 from the University of North Texas.

He served two American Baptist pastorates between 1946 and 1953. He then served as the Associate Director of the Rhode Island State Council of Churches from 1953 to 1959, where, as the Director of Radio and Television, he produced and participated in religious programming. In 1959 he became the Executive Director of the Greater Flint (Michigan) Council of Churches, where he served as co-chair of the successful effort to pass an open housing ordinance, with Flint becoming the first city in the nation to enact such an ordinance by public vote. He was also instrumental in the creation of that city’s Human Relations Commission.

In 1973 he joined the staff of the Pastoral Counseling Center in Dallas TX, retiring in 1995 after twenty years as Director of Education and Training.

In retirement, he served as the volunteer Director of Pastoral Care at the Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge, having moved to Louisiana in 1995 with his wife Penny as she joined the faculty of the LSU School of Social Work.

He is survived by his wife Penny Smith Ramsdell; two daughters, two grandsons, and two great-grandsons.

The Rev. Paul W. Ratzlaff

uurmapaThe Rev. Paul W. Ratzlaff, 70, died on February 28, 2016.

Paul was born on July 24, 1945 to Leslie and Nina Ratzlaff in Kingston, Jamaica. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Warner Pacific College in 1966; a Master of Arts from Colgate University in 1968; and a Certificate from the Stevens Gesner Project to Train Men and Women for the Unitarian Universalist Ministry in 1973.

Rev. Ratzlaff was ordained by the Unitarian Society of New Brunswick, NJ in 1974, and ministered with the congregation for the next six years. In 1980, he was called to the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, where he served for over twenty years, until 2002. He went on to serve a year of Interim Ministry with the South Nassau UU Congregation of Freeport, NY, and was subsequently called to the UU Fellowship of Huntington, NY, where he served as settled minister for eight years until his retirement in 2012.

Rev. Ratzlaff was very active within the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Metro New York District, and served as chairperson of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association’s Continuing Education, Network, Training, Enrichment and Renewal (C.E.N.T.E.R.) committee. He co-founded the New Jersey Unitarian Universalist Ministers Council, and served as President of the council. Within the community, Paul held membership with the Executive Board of the League of Women Voters; the East Brunswick Area Clergy Council; and the Morris Area Clergy Council. Additionally, he served an interfaith, interracial organization dedicated to building affordable housing in the Morristown area. While ministering in Long Island, he continued his work in social justice in many areas, including LGBTQ rights, marriage equality, affordable housing, workers’ rights, and promoting understanding and caring among all people.

Of her father, Hannah Ratzlaff writes: “He dedicated his life to social justice and caring for others. He was an incredibly generous and loving person who devoted himself to his family and truly taught me the value of hard work and commitment. He had an amazing balance of kindness, wit, and empathy which allowed him to see many sides of an issue, often acting as the voice of reason for me.”

Paul is survived by his wife, Barbara; children, Hannah (Cory) and Ian (Louise); granddaughter, Giuliana; brother, Dale (Marcy); father in law, Hy; Aunt, Evajoy; Uncle, Sydney; Stepmother, Grace, and many other beloved family and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to New York Memory Center or to the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. Notes of condolences may be sent to Barbara Ratzlaff, 557 Atlantic Avenue Apt 2 D-S Brooklyn NY 11217.

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The Rev. Hartley C. Ray

Hartley Ray

Hartley Ray

The Rev. Hartley C. Ray, 92, died August 21, 2010. A graduate of Bates College and the University of Chicago Divinity School, he also worked on a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion, at U. of Chicago. Ordained a Congregationalist, he served Congregational church in El Paso, TX, after having been fellowshipped by the AUA. In El Paso he was a member of the executive committee of the Southern Conference for Human Welfare. He served churches in Chicago; Highland Park, IL; and Orange, NJ. He served as chaplain at Philadelphia State Hospital for 19 years and the Philadelphia Protestant Home for two years. He served non-UU churches in CT and PA, as well. Active in the Chicago and NYC ministers study and fellowship groups, he was also a member of the Community Service Council of Oranges and Maplewood, NJ, a planning body for welfare agencies and hospitals. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Kay Hartley, of 49 years, Kay Hartley, three daughters and five grandchildren.

Annette Helen Youngs Redman

uurmapaAnnette Helen Youngs Redman, 96, widow of the Rev. Edward Redman, died Sept. 17, 2012. She took an active role in the churches her husband served. She was a leader at the Lake Geneva Summer Assembly in Williams Bay, WI, for 50 years. And she was also an accomplished needlewoman and knitter.

The Rev. Robert “Bob” Reed

The Rev. Robert “Bob” Reed died on March 15, 2017 at the age of 88.

He is survived by his four sons Robert (Sherrille), Douglas (Lynn), Jeffrey (Nancy), David (Kathleen); seven grandchildren Patrick Simpson, Amy Reed, Trent Fried (Julie), Ian Reed, Dylan Reed, Nolan Reed, Anna Kate Reed; and two great grandchildren Shelby Fried and Lindsey Fried. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 66 years Jeanne W. Reed in July 2016.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Meadville Lombard Theological School, the Louisville OrchestraLafayette College, and Family and Children’s Place.

A memorial service will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at First Unitarian Church, 809 S 4th St, Louisville, KY 40203.

Notes of condolence can be sent to David Reed at and at 1844 Gresham Road, Louisville, KY 40205.

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

Wallace Reid

Wallace Reid

Wallace Reid

Wallace Reid, 81, widower of the late Rev. Lee Reid, died suddenly April 17, 2008. At the time of his death he was serving as the UURMaPA Caring Network Contact for the NY Metro/NJ Caring Region. He served in the US Navy Medical Corps in World War II, and was a research chemist for Union Carbide for 30 years. He then served as a hospital addictions counselor. With his late wife, he was a co-founder of the intentionally diverse UU Congregation of the Palisades in Englewood, NJ. Eight years after they helped to found the church, Lee was killed in a tragic accident. After her death Wally remained on as an integral part of the congregation. He is survived by their three daughters Martha, Kate and Sarah Reid.

The Rev. Steven C. Reinhartsen

uurmapaThe Rev. Steven C. Reinhartsen died, unexpectedly, at home on September 14, 2012. He was 61 years old. Rev. Reinhartsen was born in Amityville, NY on June 7, 1951. He attained his Bachelor of Science degree from Valparaiso University in 1973. In 1981, he went on to earn a Master of Education from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Finally, in 1997, he earned a Master of Divinity from Duke University.

Rev. Reinhartsen was ordained on January 12, 2003 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greensboro, NC. A community minister, he spent over two decades as a career counselor to students at Alamance Community College. Recruited by a small group of Unitarian Universalist residents to help form the UU Fellowship of Twin Lakes in January 2000, he also provided spiritual leadership and preaching to the Unitarian Universalist group at Twin Lakes Retirement Center in Elon, NC.

Rev. Reinhartsen’s life experiences were vast, including years of travel and adventure. During and after college, he hitchhiked across the U.S. twice; studied for a semester in Germany; and spend two years teaching in Australia. He and his wife, Mary travelled extensively throughout their years together. They visited nearly every major national park, and also travelled to places such as Paris, London, Santa Fe, Costa Rica, Niagara Falls, Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. Rev. Reinhartsen enjoyed jogging, hiking, golfing, landscaping, fantasy baseball, and a good bottle of red wine. Described as a “quiet, wise, kind man,” he made those that knew him “feel at ease from the beginning” with his “calm nature.” A friend noted, “Steve was such a thoughtful person and so many people will always remember him for that.”

Rev. Reinhartsen is survived by his wife, Mary Davis; a son, Karl Reinhartsen; a brother, Paul Reinhartsen; a brother, Lars and his wife Gretchen Reinhartsen; as well as nieces Rois, Maja, and Zoe.

A memorial service was held on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greensboro in Jamestown, NC.

As many of his friends, colleagues and family knew, Rev. Reinhartsen was passionate about the work-study program at Alamance Community College and how beneficial it was for students to hone their skills before entering the workforce. In honor of this legacy of passionate advocacy for students, the College has created the Steven Reinhartsen Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship will benefit work-study students at ACC and help with tuition, books and emergency expenses. Donations for the Steven Reinhartsen Memorial Scholarship may be sent (with “Reinhartsen Scholarship” in the memo line) to ACC Foundation, P.O. Box 8000, Graham, NC 27253.

Donations may also be made to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greensboro, 5603 Hilltop Road, Jamestown, NC 27282

Notes of condolence may be sent to Mary Davis at 120 Forestview Dr., Elon, NC 27244.

The Rev. Charles “Corry” Richardson, Jr.

Charles Richardson

Charles Richardson

The Rev. Charles “Corry” Richardson, Jr. died peacefully at age 97 on April 5, 2013, at Summerhill Assisted Living in Peterborough, New Hampshire.

Mr. Richardson loved the theater and performed for many years in community play productions. He was also an avid sports fan, particularly enthusiastic about Harvard football and the Boston Red Sox. With an active and inquiring intellect, he de- lighted in reading, following the, news, debating political and theological subjects, as well as playing bridge. He was active in several organizations including local chapters of the Lions Club and Freemasons. He spent many enjoyable years with his family vacationing at a second home in Kennebunk Beach, Maine.

Charles O. Richardson was born in Weston, Mass., on Aug. 26, 1915, the son of Charles O. and Laura Woodworth Richardson. He was graduated from Harvard University in 1937. After college he worked several years for the Boston Herald Traveler newspaper, leaving to join the Navy during World War II. Returning, he earned a graduate degree from Harvard Divinity School in 1949 and then served as a Unitarian minister in sev- eral churches in Massachusetts and New Hampshire until retirement in 1975. Afterwards he continued to serve as a fill-in minister and to perform family services into his 80s. The Rev. Mr. Richardson was named Minister Emeritus at the First Unitarian Congregational Society of Wilton Center, New Hampshire.

Charles Richardson was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Elizabeth H. Richardson. He is survived by his son Charles O. Richardson III of East Montpelier, Vermont; daughters Penelope Richardson Tarrant of East Falmouth, Mass., and Elizabeth Richardson Paré of Wiscasset, Maine; and four grandchildren, Joshua C. Tar- rant, Callan E. Richardson, Alexander G. Paré, and Carter C. Richardson. He is also survived by three sisters: Mabel C. Richardson, Lucy Rand, and Laura R. Payson.

There was a memorial service on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at the First Unitarian Congregational Society of Wilton Center in Wilton, NH.

Notes of condolence may be sent to Charles O. Richardson, III at 305 Guyette Rd., East Montpelier, VT 05651.

Beatrice Erdine Robbins

Bea Robbins

Bea Robbins

Beatrice Erdine Robbins, 102, widow of the Rev. Douglas Robbins, died March 28, 2012 in Augusta, ME. She was a graduate of Gorham Teacher’s College and earned a BA in education through the University of Maine at Orono. Bea was a contributing member of the Winthrop Street Universalist Church of Augusta, which she and her husband served for 30 years. She was active in the Julia Robinson Murray Alliance and Winchester Groups at the church. She was a past president of the Augusta College Club, Kennebec Valley Church Women’s Association and the Universalist Women of Maine. She taught for 29 years in New Gloucester, Wells, Saco and Augusta. She was a mother, a pianist and a published poet. This year she was honored in a ceremony marking the City of Hanowell’s 250th anniversary by receiving the gold-headed Boston Post Cane as the city’s oldest resident. Bea’s vintage recipes will be part of the UU Community Church’s next cookbook, due out in August. Bea is survived by her daughter, Carol Robbins, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

The Rev. Dr. William Joseph Robbins

uurmapaThe Rev. Dr. William Joseph Robbins, 93, died April 8, 2007, in Owls Head, ME. He served as an US Army chaplain during World War II in the South Pacific, then used his GI Bill of Rights to obtain a Ph.D. from Brown University. A parishioner in Rockland wrote: “Educated to the Baptist ministry, he found Universalism in the era before confederation with Unitarianism, and he helped First Universalist over the hump of the post-war depression in Rockland. He was our Minister Emeritus, having served our congregation twice, before and after its move from Church of the Emanuel, and he outlived three wives, the first of whom was Reed McKenney’s mother Nadine. Bill was a devoted stepfather, and Reed and his wife Debbie repaid the debt of care beyond all measure. When Bill was left a widower again, seven years ago, in his late 80’s, Reed and Debbie drove up with a truck and moved him into their home for the rest of his days. Our church owes Reed, Debbie and the girls a great debt. They are a wonderful example of the values we cherish.”

The Rev. Dr. Frank E. Robertson

Frank Robertson

Frank Robertson

The Rev. Dr. Frank E. Robertson, 76, died Feb. 6, 2008 in Plymouth, MA. Certified in Religious Education, he studied world religions, specializing in East Indian studies. He studied and traveled in India in and Japan, then participated in the creation of a World Religions curriculum. He served congregations in Barneveld and Shelter Rock, NY, and Paramus, NJ. He served as MRE in Washington, DC, Santa Barbara, CA, and Evanston, IL, where he was named emeritus. Frank was a founding member of Interweave, which addressed LGBT concerns. Through their efforts, General Assembly passed resolutions concerning LGBT rights and the UUA Office was established. Frank was awarded an honorary D.Div. from Meadville Lombard. He received the Angus MacLean Award for religious education. He served on the Boards of the UUA and LREDA, St. Lawrence Foundation and IARF. He founded and chaired the UU Religious Education History Group. He was an Elder of the Mass. Society of Mayflower Descendants. He is survived by his partner of 36 years, Rick McDonald; two daughters, Lydia Robertson of Brooklyn, NY and Denene Ray of Charlotte, NC, and three granddaughters. His son, Joel, died in 1993. A memorial service took place April 19.

Jean Bondurant Rodes

uurmapaJean Bondurant Rodes, 88, widow of the Rev. Richard Rodes, died peacefully at home on, November 12, 2006 in Columbia, MD. She played the piano and taught music for 30 years. The Rodeses founded the United Church of Christ in Columbia. They later established a Unitarian church and he was minister at large in the DC area. They also made nearly a dozen Peace Odyssey tours to the Soviet Union. Jean dedicated her life to the things in which she believed: music, faith and social justice. They were both well into their 80s, had celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary in 2005, and still enjoyed making music together and reminiscing about their travels. They had lived in Columbia, MD, since 1970 and leave behind three adult children.

The Rev. Nancy C. Roemheld

Nancy Roemheld

Nancy Roemheld

The Rev. Nancy C. Roemheld, 80, died on January 4, 2013. Rev. Roemheld was born in Holyoke, MA on February 23, 1932 to Ruth and Frederick Stevens. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Alverno College in 1982. She went on to attain a Master of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School and a Master of Arts in Religious Studies from The University of Chicago Divinity School, both in 1986.

Rev. Roemheld was ordained on June 1, 1986 at the Unitarian Church West in Brookfield, WI. She was first called to serve the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens, GA from 1986-1994. She then embarked on a remarkable 12-year career as an interim minister where she served the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greensboro in Jamestown, NC from 1995-1996; the Unitarian Universalist Church of Studio City, CA from 1997-1999; the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, NY from 1999-2000; the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson, AZ from 2000-2001; the Bradford Community Church UU in Kenosha, WI from 2001-2002; the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Wilmington, NC from 2002-2003; the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Erie, PA from 2003-2005; the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Los Gatos, CA from 2005-2006; and the First Unitarian Church of Omaha, NE from 2006 until her retirement in 2007. She also served as a chaplain at the Universal Unitarian Church of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada from 1996-1997.

Committed to her faith, Rev. Roemheld was actively involved on all sides of the pulpit. She was a lay leader before becoming a minister. While serving the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens, she was especially proud of the work she did to help guide the church through the construction of brand new facilities. She also served on the board of the UUA’s Central Midwest District.

In a sermon she delivered one Easter Sunday called “Waking Up/Eros and Pathos,” Rev. Roemheld spoke wisely of life’s certain and universal struggles:

“From the depths of the collective human consciousness, the cosmic drama of the resurrection story emerged – to remind us that the heroic, fulfilled and therefore deathless life is achieved by surmounting some crucifixion, by living through some dark night of the soul; to remind us that the creative spirit of love lives in you and me…waiting to be expressed and experienced.”

Rev. Roemheld is survived by daughter, Joanne R. Jeanguenat; daughter, Kathryn C. Zunac and husband, Mick; son, Steven F. Roemheld and wife, Margaret; daughter, MaryBeth Roemheld and partner, Laurie Gift; grandchildren, Kristen and Jonathan; and great-granddaughter, Nora. She was predeceased by her former husband and friend, Fred Roemheld.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. at the First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, 1342 N. Astor St., Milwaukee, WI 53202.

Notes of condolence may be sent to Joanne R. Jeanguenat at 2702 Mason St., Madison, WI 53705.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Happy Endings No-Kill Animal Shelter, 5349 West Forest Home Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53220; or to the Friends of the Unitarian Universalist Association at P.O. Box #55019, Boston, MA 02205.

The Rev. Andrew Rosenberger

Andrew Rosenberger

Andrew Rosenberger

The Rev. Andrew Rosenberger, parish minister, apple farmer and conservationist, died at age 94 in Concord, New Hampshire, on May 31, 2013.

In addition to a thirty-five year career in parish ministry, Mr. Rosenberger spent a life- time actively involved in various civic causes. For over fifty years, he chaired the Board of Trustees of the Protestant Guild for the Blind, during which time the Guild greatly expanded its reach, serving children at the Perkins School for the Blind as well as other visually handicapped and blind people. He was also president of the Wellesley (Mass.) School Board; a founding member of the Unitarian Christian Fellowship in Groton (Mass.), and president of the Groton Council of Churches.

An early advocate of healthy living, Andrew Rosenberger lectured widely on health and nutrition and published Eat Your Way to Better Health (Bobbs-Merrill, 1961), a healthy food and lifestyle manual, considered in some circles to have been twenty years ahead of its time. This interest in health led him, in retirement, to purchase Hillbrook Orchards, an eighty acre apple orchard in Groton. Andrew, with his wife, thus fulfilled a long-held desire to work the land, growing apples and peaches, pumpkins and strawberries, living as a true steward of the land and an ardent conservationist. Hillbrook Orchards became for many years a popular pick-your-own destination for apple lovers from all over Massachusetts, and the Rev. Mr. Rosenberger would conduct sunrise worship services among the apple blossoms atop the orchard’s highest hill.

Reflecting on a life of gratitude, Andrew Rosenberger memorably wrote:

“If I were to make a short list of my gratitude to others at this time, it would include: my mother and father whose faith, hope, love and benevolent spirit inspired me to enter the ministry; Harvard College and Har- vard Divinity School which helped me to prepare for that sacred calling; my marriage to Willamena Parks whom I had courted for three years at Radcliffe before our wedding at Christ Church in Cambridge a week after graduation; and the intimate contacts with men and women and children in the churches I served in nearly every condition and circumstance, sharing their births and deaths, hopes and fears, joys and sorrows, successes and disappointments, as I tried in some small measure to help make their lives a little better and more meaningful… The longer I live, the more important it seems to me for all of us to be engaged in some form of human service. To find real satisfaction and true peace of mind, we have to recognize at least a few of the endless opportunities to fulfill our obligation to life by tangibly reaching out to the physically and mentally challenged — the often forgotten people who need our help so badly, more than ever, because of the systematic reduction in public funding for their care and support. When Billie and I look at our fifty-five years of happily married life together with our four children and their spouses, our ten grandchildren, and our great grandchild, all of whom have filled our lives with abiding joy, we enter our golden years together with heartfelt thanks for all our blessings and with great expectations for the days ahead.”

Andrew George Rosenberger was born in Oak Park, Illinois, on August 21, 1918, son of Emily Williams and Andrew Fretz Rosenberger. He earned a B.A. from Harvard College in 1941 and an S.T.B. from Harvard Divin- ity School in 1944, was ordained by the First Congregational Unitarian Church of Northborough (now First Parish UU) on June 25, 1944, and remained there as minister until 1950. Following a number of interim ministries over the next decade, he accepted a call to the First Parish Church of Groton in 1963, serving there until his retirement in 1979. He was doubly honored with the title of Minister Emeritus by his churches in both Northborough and Groton.

Andrew Rosenberger is survived by a daughter, Wilhelmina Gustavson; three sons, Eric, Karl, and Leif Rosen- berger; ten grandchildren; and five great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Willamena (“Billie”) Parks Rosenberger.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Parish Church, 1 Powder House Road, Groton, Massachusetts 01450, and notes of condolence may be sent to Eric Rosenberger at 29 Auburn St, Concord, New Hampshire 03301.

Catharine Clements Ross

Catharine Ross

Catharine Ross

Catharine Clements Ross, 79, wife of the Rev. Robert Jordan Ross, died July 23, 2015 in Sugar Land, TX. A native of Wrens, GA, she was born to Alma and John Clements. She met Robert at a dance and had to be wooed and won to the idea of marriage, which she planned to avoid, and then to this Yankee, from New York City, studying electronics at Camp Gordon. He planned to enter the Methodist ministry. Despite her family’s reservations, she joined him in Fort Huachuca, AZ, to be married at Trinity Methodist Church in Warren, AZ.

He completed his tour of duty and they moved to New York City. Robert began his theological studies at Drew University. Their first son was born in 1956. Catharine began to take college courses (free to student wives) at Brothers College of the University.

The family moved into the Fisherman’s Methodist Church parsonage in Brooklyn, where Robert was a student pastor. She studied at Brooklyn College, learned to play tennis, and worked at the Dime Savings Bank. After several successful years in Brooklyn they served Methodist churches in Marietta and Smyrna, GA. In the tumult of the civil rights movement, they served UU churches. After working with student groups in Georgia and South Carolina, they moved to Kennebunk, ME, then to Topsfield, MA where Robert worked in Boston.

Their second son was born in 1961. Catharine continued to study at the University of Maine, Orange Coast College and Santa Ana College, pursing her work as a bank manager and a loan officer. Then her avocational focus turned to archeology and anthropology. As her interest grew, she became an officer of the Pacific Coast Archeological Society.  In England, during Robert’s sabbatical, she ran the archeological laboratory at Winchester, working on the old Roman walls of the city.  After two years in El Paso, they moved to Newport Beach, CA, living there for 41 years, while Robert served congregations in Costa Mesa, Newport Beach and Mission Viejo. In California, she participated in many digs of pre-Columbian settlements.  She studied management with Bank of America and worked as a branch manager, returning to work as a loan officer to be nearer home.

She was a gracious hostess and spirited dinner companion, and a great dancer. She delighted in her family. Her gardens were her pride and joy. She was a kind friend to many, a source of wisdom to her husband.

Catharine was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2008. The disease gradually took away most of the things she enjoyed.  She continued to enjoy reading (C.S. Lewis, English history, archeology, mysteries) up to the last year. Her decreasing capacities dogged her but her love remained strong and clear.  She painstakingly noted birthdays and anniversaries to send greeting cards. Her spirit shone through until the end.  A service was held July 25 at Providence Presbyterian Church in Sugar Land, TX. Her remains were buried at Ways Baptist Church, in Stellaville, GA. In addition to her husband of 59 years, she is survived her two sons, Jordan Clement Ross and Derek Allen Ross and their families, which include three grandchildren and three great granddaughters; and by three brothers and two sisters. She was predeceased by her parents and by another brother.

Notes of remembrance may go to Robert Jordan Ross, 5910 Gentlewood Lane, Sugar Land, TX 77479.

The Rev. Donald W. Rowley

uurmapaThe Rev. Donald W. Rowley, 83, died March 27, 2006 at his home in the Hunt Community of Nashua, NH. He served at the First Parish Church, United, in Westford, MA, and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashua, NH, from 1958 until his retirement in 1987. In recognition of his 29 years, he was named minister emeritus of the Nashua church in 1994. He was a tireless advocate for social justice in greater Nashua, especially in hospice and mental health care. He was predeceased by his wife, Norma, and is survived by two sons, Dana and Philip. He requested a private interment.

Jeannette D’Ewart Royce

uurmapaJeannette D’Ewart Royce, 83, widow of the Rev. Burchard A. Royce, died Sept. 21, 2003 in a nursing home in Amherst, MA. She was a native of Cleveland who held a bachelor’s degree in biology from the American International College of Springfield, MA. She worked as a speech therapist. The Royces served congregations in Foxboro, MA and New Haven, CT. She is survived by her son, Jonathan Royce.

Ann H. Rutledge

uurmapaAnn H. Rutledge, 76, wife of the Rev. Fred A. Rutledge, died September 1, 2008, from colon cancer. A native of Texas, she earned a BA in English at the University of Texas and a masters degree in social psychology from Johns Hopkins University, where she worked as a research assistant. The Rutledges served congregations in Petersham and Danvers, MA, Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN and Baltimore, MD. Ann worked as a church secretary and in RE at Unity Church in St. Paul; she sang in the choir at the Baltimore church. She was a devoted member of the Thomas Wolfe Society, which promotes a scholarly approach to the author’s work. She is survived by her husband of 57 years and their three daughters: Cyndi, Anita and Nina. She was predeceased by their son Rick, Jr.

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The Rev. Mounir Raphael Sa’adah

uurmapaThe Rev. Mounir Raphael Sa’adah, 99, died July 25, 2008 at Harvest Hill Retirement Community in Lebanon, NH. Born in Damascus, Syria, he worked as a librarian and taught history and ethics at American University’s Near East School of Theology. He married Marjorie Anne Abrahamian in 1937. The family immigrated to the US in 1947. The American Friends Service Committee recruited the Sa’adahs in 1949 to organize the care of the first Arab refugee settlements in Gaza. Rev. Sa’adah taught history for 18 years at Woodstock Country School in VT and initiated a program in Arabic and Near Eastern Studies at the Choate School in Wallingford, CT. Ordained in 1947, he served congregations in Woodstock, VT, and Mt. Kisco, NY. When he retired in 1976, he was named minister emeritus of the All Souls UU Congregation in New London, CT. He is survived by three children, two brothers, three grandchildren, four step grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and nine step great grandchildren. His wife died in 2002.

The Rev. Charlotte Justice Saleska

Charlotte Saleska

Charlotte Saleska

The Rev. Charlotte Justice Saleska, 77, died of Alzheimer’s disease on December 28, 2012. Rev. Saleska was born in Marion, IN on August 16, 1935 to Olive (Heal) and Enos Edward Justice. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Taylor University in 1957 and a Master of Arts from Hunter College in 1964. In 1988 she earned both a Master of Arts in Religious Studies from the University of Chicago Divinity School and a Master of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School. As a student at Meadville Lombard, she helped create and implement the first women’s studies course at the seminary, and led a call for the school to hire female professors to the all-male faculty.

Rev. Saleska was ordained on June 6, 1988. She was first called to serve the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Quad Cities in Davenport, IA, becoming their first and only female settled minister, from 1988-2000. She then went on to serve as interim minister at the First Universalist Unitarian Church of Wausau, WI from 2000-2001, and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa, FL from 2001-2002. In 2000, she was bestowed with the honor of Minister Emeritus of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Quad Cities.

Rev. Saleska brought her diverse background to her work as a minister. She was a social worker at Head Start Families in Milwaukee, WI from 1968-1975; coordinator of the Milwaukee-area high school Inter-Urban Health Careers program from 1975-1980; and, for many years, a high school English teacher. While her husband, the Rev. Charles Saleska, was serving the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville, FL (1980-1985), she served as the Fellowship’s Director of Religious Education from 1983-1985. She often recalled that, growing up as an Indiana farm girl in the 1940s and 1950s, it never occurred to her that ministry was something a woman could do. When her husband was diagnosed with a terminal illness, though, her women’s group helped her see what had really been her deeper call: ministry. And so, in 1985, at age 50, she entered Meadville Lombard Theological School.

Rev. Saleska’s tenure as minister, as in life, was marked by a love of literature, a commitment to religious pluralism and social justice, and the enduring power of liberal religion in local congregations. While in Davenport, IA, she co-founded the Interfaith Theological Symposiums to bring her Unitarian Universalist Congregation together with Edwards Congregational United Church of Christ and the Temple Emanuel Reform Jewish congregation for religious dialogue and social action. An early supporter of marriage equality, she began performing gay and lesbian wedding ceremonies in the early 1990s. As part of her passion for merging justice and religion, Rev. Saleska also helped guide the church through a building expansion that created more religious education classroom and meeting space.

Rev. Saleska’s passion for women’s issues, and for reclaiming the role of women in human society, began at home as she taught and guided her sons to feel compassion and respect, and to speak out for women and women’s issues; and expanded to include her engagement in seminary and in ministry. She also loved deep discussions of any kind, especially book discussion groups and movie discussions. Because of her background in English literature and her love for Shakespeare, she could quickly recall and expound on literary references, metaphors and poems, giving them voice in her sermons and discussions.

She loved to garden, and in later years, her house was full of green and growing plants of many varieties. Rev. Saleska also loved to travel, and during her years of ministry she took trips to Transylvania, Germany, France, and Italy. When she could, she also traveled to Chicago and New York to visit friends and attend the theater. One of her favorite activities before and after retirement was to drive to Spring Green, WI, to meet her sister and brother-in-law to attend Shakespeare plays by the American Players Theater.

Rev. Saleska is survived by her sisters, Carol Jones and Carmen Wilks; brothers, Warren Justice and Sam Justice; son, Scott Saleska, his wife, Kirsten Engel and their daughter, Helene; son, Kent Saleska, his wife, Heidi Saleska, and their children, Parker and Mirek.

A memorial service took place on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church West, 13001 West North Avenue, Brookfield, WI 53005.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Unitarian Universalist Women’s Federation ( or to Planned Parenthood ( in honor of the Quad-Cities location Rev. Saleska helped establish.

Notes of condolence may be sent to Kent Hemmen Saleska at 210 12th Ave. N., Hopkins, MN 55343; or to Scott Saleska at 2210 E. Hawthorne St., Tucson, AZ 85719.

Lois Ann Jones Samsom

Lois Samsom

Lois Samsom

Lois Ann Jones Samsom, 84, widow of the Rev. Dr. Peter Samsom, died Oct. 5, 2009 in Asheville, NC. A native of Indiana, she later lived in San Diego, CA, Cleveland, OH, White Plains, NY, and Asheville. She was a faithful churchgoer, who devoted her life to supporting her husband’s ministry, which included six settled and seven interims. She also was also devoted to caring for her children. Her daughter was born with cerebral palsy and required a great deal of attention. After her husband died in 1992 she and her daughter moved to Asheville. She enjoyed gardening throughout her life. Lois had taken art classes as a young woman and picked up that interest again late in life. She is survived by her son Peter and her daughter Diana and her sister, Mary Jane Myers.

The Rev. Paul W. Sawyer

Paul Sawyer

Paul Sawyer

The Rev. Paul W. Sawyer, 75, died June 23, 2010 from pancreatic cancer. He had just finished his memoir, Untold Story: A Short Narrative History of Our Time. A graduate of Harvard College and Starr King, he served churches in CA, NJ, PA, WA, OR and Russia. The Pasadena Weekly called Paul “a tireless advocate for the dispossessed who often risked arrest in his opposition to war, capital punishment and nuclear energy.” The LA Times described him as “a scholar of American Transcendentalism and ancient Chinese texts, a founder of the Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace… [who] served on the boards of the UN Assn. and the Jackie Robinson Center in Pasadena.” He enjoyed jazz, politics and history. He is survived by his wife, Susan, and their son, Alexander, and by his first wife, Carolyn Colbert, and their daughters Sharlyn, Shanda and Katherine Sawyer, and his son Adam Sawyer, and Adam’s mother, Carole Selter Norris.

The Rev. Marcia Welsh Schekel

The Rev. Marcia Welsh Schekel died on May 18, 2017 at the age of 70.
She is survived by husband Kurt, son Zachary (Tiffany), brother Mike (Cathy), and four grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Unitarian Church, 1211 SW Main St, Portland, OR 97205; to the Matt Schekel Memorial Scholarship Fund at Seeds of Learning; and to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation.
A memorial service took place at 1pm on Monday, May 29, 2017 at the First Unitarian Church of Portland.
Notes of condolence can be sent to Kurt Schekel at 12400 SE 15th St, Vancouver, WA 98683.
 A more complete obituary will be forthcoming after biographical research has been completed.

Fia B. Scheyer

Fia Scheyer

Fia Scheyer

Fia B. Scheyer, 82, wife of the Rev. John David Scheyer, died Dec. 1, 2013. Born in Brooklyn, NY, she was the daughter of the late Sasha Bartnovski and Antonette Salisbury Bartnovski.

Fia was a Julliard trained professional singer and recording artist. She was the author of numerous articles and curricula, who had two books in print. She worked for the Unitarian Universalist Association as the Director of Volunteers and Fundraising. She was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Franklin, NC. She was also an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers’ Partners for many years.

In retirement, Fia was elected to the UURMaPA board but was unable to serve due to her poor health. She took her physical losses in stride over many years.

She is survived by her husband of 45 years and by three children, Suzie DellaPenta and son-in-law, George of Cheektowaga, NY; David Cefkin and daughter-in-law, Mia of Franklin; and Beverly Calobrace of Tamarac, FL; two sisters, Helen Lamb of Pompano Beach, FL and Beverly Smalheiser of Tamarac, FL; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life was held at December 7, at Macon Valley Nursing Home. Her son David says, “Fia’s Memorial service was fantastic. She was honored in a way that would please her. There was a packed house. Friends, family and colleagues told stories of their time spent with her, and how she changed their lives. She was a remarkable woman who touched the lives of many. Her work and contributions to the world will have a profound effect for years to come.”

Sympathy notes may go to David Scheyer at Macon Valley Nursing Home, 3195 Old Murphy Rd., Franklin, NC 28734. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Care Net, 130 Bidwell St., Franklin, NC 28734.

The Rev. J. David Scheyer

David Scheyer

David Scheyer

The Rev. J. David Scheyer, parish minister, outdoorsman and avid sailor, zealous fighter for justice, and dedicated volunteer and counselor in programs for victims of domestic violence, died at age eighty-five on 7 February 2014 after several months of declining health.

David Scheyer was passionate about hiking and sailing. He went on week-long backpacking trips in California during his seminary years and did a month-long hike through the Alaskan wilderness in the early 1960s. For many summers he and his wife Fia anchored their sailboat in the Bahamas, living on board and enjoying the water, sunsets, and people they met. They also spent time sailing in Massachusetts and Florida, living first on their boat and later in their homes on shore.

Early on in his ministry, the Rev. Mr. Scheyer foresaw the evil of market values permeating social relationships, and he lamented the “dehumanizing” impact of materialism as “the gravest problem facing the world today.” At the same time his tastes were simple and unpretentious. In a 1974 interview, he told a local news reporter that, for longer than he could remember, cheeseburgers—made with equal amounts of meat and cheese—were “the best eating around,” and when served with a “mug of coffee together, that’s good chow!” [Lenn Speers, “Minister of the Week,” The Ledger, Lakeland, Florida (20 April 1974), p. 1C.]

John David Scheyer was born in Philadelphia on 28 April 1928 to Dr. Frederick L. Scheyer and Synette Swensen Scheyer, but after a family move to Puyallup he grew up near the south end of Washington’s Puget Sound. College attendance at Princeton University, Reed College, and UC Berkeley was interrupted by service (1951-53) as a Marine during the Korean conflict. By his early 30s, Mr. Scheyer was living in Billings, Montana and working in drug sales to physicians. Unchurched since the Methodism of his teens, he discovered the Billings Unitarian Fellowship—“the most comfortable meeting I had ever attended”—and quickly became an active member, soon serving as the congregation’s president. With his increasing involvement in the anti-war movement and growing dissatisfaction with the values of the pharmaceutical industry, ministry began to call to him as a more fulfilling career. He went off to Berkeley and was graduated from Starr King School for the Ministry in 1967.

David Scheyer

David Scheyer

In his first call, he served the UU Church of Fort Lauderdale from 1967 to 1971, where he was ordained on 9 February 1968. Moving to a period of yoked ministry (1972-76), he served the Unitarian Fellowship of South Florida and made monthly trips to the Lake Region UU Fellowship (now the UU Congregation of Lakeland). After calls to the Church of the Mediator in Providence, Rhode Island (1977-78) and the UU Church of Marblehead, Mass (1979-82), the Rev Mr. Scheyer moved into a series of interim ministries, serving successively the First Parish Church (UU) of Ashby, Mass (1983-84), the UU Fellowship of Raleigh, North Carolina (1986-87), the Unitarian Church in Charleston, South Carolina (1987-89), and lastly the First UU Church of Austin, Texas (1989-90).

Service to the UUA included membership on the board of the association’s Florida District and presidency of the Massachusetts Bay District. Mr. Scheyer’s ministerial career was brought unexpectedly to an end by amnesia in early February 1990 when he went missing for nearly three months, after failing to show up for two events at the Austin church where he was an interim minister. Wandering apparently from Texas, to Florida, and then to Arizona, without knowledge of his own identity, he chanced to overhear mention of “Puyallup,” which triggered memory of his boyhood town. He made his way there by late April, and with only a social security card to remind him of his surname, he found a “Carl Scheyer” in the local phone book, who turned out to be his uncle. Thus reconnected with family, including his brother Warner living in nearby Redmond and his wife Fia, who had returned to Boston after his disappearance, Mr. Scheyer seems to have gradually recovered.

Relocating with his wife to Franklin, North Carolina, he joined the UU Fellowship there to live out the last twenty years of his life. He made friends easily. A computer store owner in Franklin recalled that he “was always one of my favorite customers. We became friends and I always enjoyed discussing religion, spirituality, and politics with Dave. We had lots of laughs, and seeing him come through the door always put a smile on my face.” The Rev. Mr. Scheyer was also deeply concerned about domestic violence and devoted much time in his retirement years to volunteering at Resources Education Assistance Counseling Housing (REACH), a local agency with a mission “to eradicate domestic violence and sexual assault crimes in Macon County, through prevention, intervention, and educational services.” He spent many nights in hospitals, talking with domestic violence victims and offering comfort and companionship.

In frail health but cheerful spirits during the last months of his life, David moved into the Macon Valley Nursing Center, where his outgoing friendliness continued to touch people. One visitor to the Center, who met him there only three months before his death while visiting members of her own family, continued to visit him regularly and, despite brief acquaintance, felt moved to write at some length a generous remembrance of him and Fia as “kind, caring, and loving.” Sadly, David’s wife Fia was killed in a car accident in December 2013, just two months before his own death.

David Scheyer is survived by his brother, Warner; three step-children, David Cefkin, Suzie Della Penta, and Beverly Calobrace; eight grandchildren; and five great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Fia Bartnovski Scheyer. His life was celebrated in a memorial service led by long-time friend and fellow UU, Walter Burnett, on February 22 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Franklin, North Carolina. His stepson, David Cefkin, described him as having “a passion for equality, and a very low tolerance for injustice.”

Memorial donations may be made to REACH of Macon County, PO Box 228, Franklin, North Carolina 28744.

Elizabeth Spafford Schmidt

uurmapaElizabeth Spafford Schmidt, 90, widow of the Rev. Harold E. Schmidt, died February 23, 2006 in Walnut Creek, CA. She had outlived her first husband of 54 years, Ernest Clifford Spafford, as well as her second husband of 13 years. Harold was minister at the First Unitarian Society of Stockton, CA, from 1958-74. Elizabeth held a BA in Biology and an MA. in education, and taught at the secondary level for the Stockton Unified School District. Lovers of travel, Elizabeth and Ernest once took their family to Europe for six months, each taking a leave of absence from teaching. She is survived by a daughter, Edith Gladstone of Berkeley, and a son, Alden Spafford of Oakland, and one granddaughter.

The Rev. Dr. Ralph N. Schmidt, Sr.

uurmapaThe Rev. Dr. Ralph N. Schmidt, Sr., 94, died July 4, 2005 at the Presbyterian Home for Central New York. He served congregations in Herkimer and Utica, NY, where the UU Church of Utica named him minister emeritus in 1981. Previously, he taught at Maryville (WI) High School. He was a professor at Jamestown College in ND; Lafayette College in Easton, PA; and Syracuse University. Syracuse offered him a position to help establish a new college in Utica. Surviving are sons Ralph N., Jr. of Annandale, VA, and Carl E.D., Sr. of Sauquoit, NY; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. His wife, Wilda Delay, predeceased him in 2001.

Diene Bull Scholefield

Diene Scholefield

Diene Scholefield

Diene Bull Scholefield, 91, widow of the Rev. Dr. Harry Barron Scholefield, died Oct. 11, 2013, with her family at her side. She had lived on her own until just the final week of her life.

She was forever active in politics and community service. Diene worked to make schools more inclusive, government more responsive and everyone more compassionate.

Diene made may meaningful contributions to her community over the course of her long life. She served as the chair of the Board of the San Francisco League of Women Voters, was a member of the Sierra Nevada Girl Scout Council, and was as representative of private schools on the Post-Secondary Education Commission of the State of California. Diene also served as a long-term member on the board of directors of the ALL Student Loan Corporation and both founded and managed Campaign Data Service, a cutting edge data mapping company. She volunteered for more than 30 years at the San Francisco Society of Christian Work.

She reared a daughter and a son with her first husband Robert Bull, who died in in 1981. Diene and her family knew the Scholefield family, through the church. After Sarah Scholefield died of lupus, Diene and Harry began a courtship and were married in 1987.

Harry was named minister emeritus of the First UU Society of San Francisco in 1973. He died Mar. 3, 2003. Diene is survived by her children, Penny Chambers and Charles Bull and her granddaughter, Miya Chambers-Navarro and their families. She is also survived by three stepchildren, Joel Scholefied, Sarah Ellen Scholefield and Anne Thomas and their families. A tribute to Diene’s life was held Sun., Jan. 5, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. at First UU Society of San Francisco, 1187 Franklin St.

Condolences may be sent to Penny Chambers, P.O. Box 118, Fairfax, CA 94978.

Mary Margaret Cline Schug

Philp and Mary Schug

Philip and Mary Schug

Mary Margaret Cline Schug, 92, the widow of the Rev. Philip C. Schug, died January 13, 2011. During her college years she worked for Sears and she also built 35 mm guns during WWII. The Schugs served congregations in Urbana-Champaign, IL; Lincoln, NE; and San Antonio, TX. Mary volunteered in the churches Phil was serving while rearing two daughters. In San Antonio she worked as a lapidary and made jewelry. She was a member of the Rock and Lapidary Club, River Art Group, Craft Guild and Fiesta Commission. She is survived by her two daughters.

The Rev. Philip Charles Schug

Philip and Mary Schug

Philip and Mary Schug

The Rev. Philip Charles Schug, 91, died Nov. 18, 2005 after a long illness. He served congregations in San Antonio, TX; Urbana, IL; and Lincoln, NE, retiring in 1983. He is survived by two daughters, Mary Margaret Belk and Theeta Ann Paynter. His remains were scattered in his daughter’s vast field of bluebonnets in New Braumsuls, TX, near San Antonio. A memorial service for the Schugs was held Feb. 26, 2011 at the First UU Church of San Antonio.

The Rev. Dr. Jacob Frank Schulman

uurmapaThe Rev. Dr. Jacob Frank Schulman, 78, died Jan. 4, 2006 from cancer. He served at Arlington Street Church, Boston; and churches in Worcester, MA; Youngstown, OH; Emerson Unitarian Church in Houston, TX, where he was later Minister Emeritus; Horsham, England; and Huntsville, TX; and at Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. He was a prolific writer of books, pamphlets, and articles. He delivered the Berry Street Essay, 1981; Minns Lectures, 1982; and the Billings Lecture, 1983. Mr. Schulman also served in the U.S. Navy, World War II and the Korean War. He is survived by his wife Alice Southworth Schulman, and four children. A service was held January 8 at Emerson Unitarian Church.

Monica Adlard Sharp

uurmapaMonica Adlard Sharp, 98, widow of the Rev. Waitstill H. Sharp, died Nov. 12, 2007, in Pacific Palisades, CA. Born in Saskatchewan, she served on the home economics staff of the Chicago Tribune and later became director of the food staff of the American Meat Institute, Chicago. She lived in Greenfield, MA, from 1972 until 2001, where she was a member of All Souls UU Church; Treasurer of the League of Women Voters; and a member of the Board of Organized Work of the Franklin Medical Center. She leaves a daughter, Barbara L. Schlueter, of Pacific Palisades, CA; a step-daughter, Martha Joukowsky, of Providence, RI; six grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Memorial services were held in Santa Monica Nov. 19 and Greenfield, Dec. 8.

The Rev. Laurel S. Sheridan

Laurel Sheridan

Laurel Sheridan

The Rev. Laurel S. Sheridan, 67, died May 15, 2008 in Tucson, AZ. Prior to joining the UU ministry Laurel worked as an RN in childbirth education. A graduate of Andover Newton Theological School, she was ordained in 1982. She served congregations in Rhode Island, Vermont, Maine, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts before retiring to Tucson in 2001, due to ill health. She continued to preach part-time, as she was able.  She is survived by her husband Terry Sheridan of Tucson and her daughter Holly Sakariason of Yuma, AZ

Terence Sheridan

Terry Sheridan

Terry Sheridan

Terence Sheridan, 78, widower of the Reverend Laurel Sheridan, passed away September 6, 2014 in Tucson AZ.

Terry, as he was known, led an unusual life, even for the spouse of a Unitarian Universalist minister. As a young man, having been inspired by an uncle, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, rising through several assignments to receive top secret clearance and becoming a courier between Quantico and DC. He later joined the Coast Guard and served until honorably discharged with 22 years of service. He was a long-time member of the American Legion.

He was educated at Roger Williams University and University of Rhode Island, and spent many years teaching English Literature and Grammar at State Colleges, Jr. Colleges, and other schools. He was a student of Shakespeare, whom he frequently quoted, and a published poet. He was also noted as a water color artist, was a devoted bridge and cribbage player, and taught senior water aerobics.

Terry was married several times, but his last and longest marriage was to Laurel, whom he met when they both attended a group therapy session in Providence RI. She was an RN who had just felt a call to ministry. Terry supported her through her theological education and accompanied her as she served congregations in Vermont, Maine, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts. He continued to teach when he could find a position, and participated in congregational life as well – singing in the choirs and helping with property maintenance. Laurel retired after suffering a stroke in 1998, and they moved to Tucson. She passed away on May 15, 2008.

Terry is survived by his son, Kevin J. Sheridan and wife Joanne of Smithfield RI; his step children, Julie Romero and husband Bob of Kingston RI, Alison Sakariason of Tucson AZ, and Holly Sakariason and wife Bethie Stoller of Yuma AZ; his sister, Katherine Sheridan and brother, William Sheridan and wife Mary, all of North Providence RI.

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Terry Sheridan

Terry Sheridan died on September 6, 2014 at the age of 79. He was partner to the late Reverend Laurel Sheridan, and is survived by his son Kevin Sheridan. A memorial service was held at the First Unitarian Church of Providence, RI, celebrated by the Reverend Mary Margaret Earl.

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

Mary Ann Shokes

uurmapaMary Ann Shokes, 83, widow of The Rev. Theodore (Ted) Wilson Shokes, died in Lansing, MI, February 5, 2014. She married Ted in Charleston, SC, in 1948 when she was 18. She had completed a year in the College of Charleston as a psychology major. The couple moved to Boston in 1960, where Ted attended Tufts Theological Seminary to become a UU minister. They reared two sons and she partnered with her husband to support his ministry. This work would define her life until 1971, when Ted died in Hinsdale, IL. Mary Ann went into in a deep depression and people feared the worst. She surprised everyone by rejoining life fully in the mid-1970s in Lansing, MI. She returned to college, received an AA in social work, and later worked at Michigan National Bank in Lansing before retiring in the late 1980s.

In the mid-2000s, Mary Ann was in a Lansing hospital on life support, with EEGs showing minimal brain activity. Her sons were advised she would never regain consciousness. While her younger son was visiting her and talking with her personal aide about her condition, the aide began sobbing. When her son looked over at his mother, she was smiling back at him. A few months later, she was living independently. She had surprised everyone again by making a full recovery.

She will be remembered for her wisdom, her perseverance, but most of all for her kindness.

Mary Ann is survived by her two sons, Ted (Jr.) and Doug, and by two grandchildren. Condolences may go to the family through Estes-Leadley funeral home:

The Rev. Dr. Wayne Shuttee

Wayne Shuttee

Wayne Shuttee

The Rev. Dr. Wayne Shuttee, 93, died June 22, 2011. He graduated from the University of Missouri and Meadville Theological School with a Bachelor of Divinity degree. He served the First UU Church in Cleveland, OH, where he was ordained; the West Shore UU Church of Cleveland, OH, where he served as their first minister; and at the Unitarian Society of New Haven in Hamden, CT, where he served for thirty years. Following his retirement he served as interim minister for a dozen UU churches. He was named minister emeritus at the Unitarian Society of New Haven, in Hamden, CT, where he was also a member. He was active over the years in several community organizations in the New Haven area such as the Yale-New Haven Hospital, the New Haven Youth and Family Services Association, and New Haven Reads Community Book Bank, where he volunteered three times a week running the front desk and packing book orders. He also served on many association boards. Wayne is survived by his wife of almost 64 years, Patricia (Wuliger) Shuttee. He was predeceased by their son, Timothy.

Dorothy Simonetti

uurmapaDorothy Simonetti, 95, widow of the Rev. Leon Strock Simonetti died July 7, 2006 in Auburn, IN. They served churches in Athol, MA; and Utica, Barneveld and Little Falls, NY. She was a member of the Unitarian Church in Fort Wayne, IN. Her husband died in 1968. She is survived by a daughter, Donna Russell, in Waterloo, IN.

The Rev. A. John Skeirik

uurmapaThe Rev. A. John Skeirik, 88, died March 7, 2007 in Brewster, MA, of kidney failure. He was ordained in 1947 as a Methodist minister and received UUA Final Fellowship in 1965. John served Methodist pastorates NY and Massachusetts and UU ministries in Sherborn and Reading, MA, Hollis, NY and Middleboro, MA where he was named minister emeritus. After retirement John and Betsey continued to live on Cape Cod. He had a second career as a multi-media specialist and served as an assistant librarian in public schools. John was an exceptional amateur photographer, and enjoyed carving objects with his wood-carving power tools. He and Betsey also enjoyed travel, including a number of trips to Europe. He donated time to the library of the Cape Cod Museum of Natural His-tory. One of his colleagues writes, “John was an uncomplicated, transparently kind, and genuinely liberal minister, one without a mean bone in his body.” He was survived by his wife of 59 years, Betsey, a brother and a sister. A memorial service was held March 24 in Chatham, MA.

Betsey Ross Skeirik

Betsey Skeirik

Betsey Skeirik

Betsey Ross Skeirik, 79, widow of the Rev. A. John Skeirik, died in Brewster, MA, January 31, 2010. She taught music in public schools, and directed church choirs and choral groups. She performed as a vocal soloist and served as church administrator in Middleboro, MA, where she arranged for speakers and did a number of services herself. She was an active member of the Brewster congregation and the UU Meeting House in Chatham, MA. She served as secretary to the ministers of the West Dennis Community Church for 22 years. She and her husband actively supported the Partner Church Program. Through their efforts the Brewster Church formed a partnership with the Valea Church in Romania. Betsey was an avid reader of poetry who enjoyed concerts, theater, opera and ballet.

The Rev. Martin Skewes-Cox

uurmapaThe Rev. Martin Skewes-Cox, 80, died in Sonoma, CA on March 16. 2008. He is survived by his three children: Peter of San Francisco, Thomas of Thousand Oaks, and Edith of Montreal, Quebec; and 11 grandchildren.

The Rev. Robert “Bob” S. Slater

The Rev. Robert “Bob” S. Slater died on April 28, 2017 at the age of 89.

He is survived by daughters Tracy Slater (Franco Daamache) and Kelly Slater (John Wilkinson), nephews Douglas Webster and James Slater, and nieces Linda Trickey and Mary Kearney. He was predeceased by wife of 65 years Robin H. Slater.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn, earmarked for the restoration of their courtyard garden: UUCGL, 101 Forest Avenue, Swampscott, MA 01907.

Notes of condolence can be sent to Tracy Slater at 151 Tremont St 25G, Boston, MA 02111.

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

Paul Montgomery Smith-Valley

Paul Montgomery Smith-Valley died on May 9, 2017 at the age of 76.
He is survived by his wife, the Rev. Dr. Judith M. Smith-Valley of Kennebunk; his sons, Dr. Richard Smith, MD and his wife Dr. Barbara Dill, MD of Norwood, NJ, Glenn Valley and his wife Heidi Hermon Valley of Wake Forest, NC; his daughters, Libby Valley Cirillo and her husband Dr. L. Anthony Cirillo, MD of North Kingstown, RI and Susan Woodilla and her husband LTC Tad Woodilla, USAF Ret., of Hermon, ME; his brother Tim Smith and wife Vicki Lee of Pittsford, NY; his sisters, Patricia Williams of Addison, TX and Marcia Joy and husband Ron of Churchville, NY; 13 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild, and several nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 9, at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Kennebunk, 114 Main Street, Kennebunk, Maine, with the Rev. Lara Campbell officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF), Unitarian Universalist, 24 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA 02210 or the Brick Store Museum, 117 Main Street, Kennebunk, ME 04043.
Paul and Judith were new UURMaPA members who attended the Attleboro Conference in Massachusetts last fall. Judith wants to let all of us know how much Paul enjoyed that event.  She writes, “He valued being a minister’s spouse and a long-time lay colleague of so many of you.  Thank you for the warm welcome we both received as we became part of the group.”
Notes of condolence may be sent to the Rev. Dr. Judith Smith-Valley, 156 Summer Street, Kennebunk, ME 04043. Also, to share a memory or leave a message of condolence, you may visit Paul’s Book of Memories page at Bibber Memorial Chapel.

The Rev. Dwight E. Smith

uurmapaThe Rev. Dwight E. Smith, 76, died April 18, 2007 of an aneurysm. His wife, the Rev. Carol Hilton was by his side. He served congregations, in co-ministry with his wife in Hobart, Indiana; Cedar Falls, Iowa, Clinton, Iowa, and Vista, California. Following their retirement in 2003, the Palomar UU Fellowship in Vista named them Ministers Emeriti. Surviving are his wife and two children from a previous marriage, Mark Smith of Lafayette, LA, and Cara Ferguson of Houston, and four grandchildren. A memorial service was held May 20.

Eugenie “Nina” Morin Smith

Nina Morin Smith

Nina Morin Smith

Eugenie “Nina” Morin Smith, 71, long-time spouse of the Rev. Theodore R. Smith, Jr., died February 6, 2013 in Patterson, NY.

Ted served Universalist churches in Yonkers, NY and Rutherford, NJ. He was Chaplain of the Middletown State Hospital in Middletown, NY, and Director of the Central Counseling Service of NY, the Foundation for Religion and Mental Health, and Minister of Counseling at the Universalist Church of New York in New York City. He died in 1999.

Nina was a spiritual teacher for many years, working through her practice, Education for Life, Inc. She sponsored a number of children overseas. She enjoyed the outdoors, watching birds and animals in the countryside. She was an animal rights advocate. Her long-term friend, JoAnn Tannenbaum, said Nina was well-loved and is greatly missed.

Nina is survived by her sister and by two sons, Theodore R. Smith III, and Remi Merlo Smith. Notes of remembrance may go to Nina’s sister, Michele Morin, 220 Quaker Rd., Patterson, NY 12563.

The Rev. Kenneth Jackson Smith

uurmapaThe Rev. Kenneth Jackson Smith, 90, died March 21, 2007 in Penney Farms, FL. He was ordained in 1951 by the First Universalist Church of Duluth, MN and served in Duluth; Garden City, NY; Vineyard Haven, MA, and Corpus Christi, TX. The UU Church of Martha’s Vineyard named him Minister Emeritus in 1987. Smith was active in community and denominational affairs. His lifelong interest in promoting peace and equality led him to chair committees to further the efforts for racial equality in the 1960s while living in Philadelphia where he ministered to the Ethical Culture Society. His niece, Susan DePass in California, survives him. In 1984 he married Ruth Luening, who predeceased him. At his request there were no services.

The Rev. Philip A. Smith

Phil Smith

Phil Smith

The Rev. Philip A. Smith, parish minister, psychotherapist, and dedicated activist for social justice and civil rights, died on March 3, 2015, at the age of 84.

As a long-term active member of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), Mr. Smith was a leader in many desegregation marches in the 1960s. Following the murder of James Reeb in 1965, he traveled from California to participate in the Selma-Montgomery march.

Philip Ashley Smith was born in Bangor (Maine) on September 15, 1930, to Philip and Blanche Smith. He earned a B.A. from Tufts College (now Tufts University) in 1954 and an M.Div. from Crane Theological School in 1957. Mr. Smith was ordained by the Second Parish (Unitarian) of Marlboro (Mass.) in 1957 and continued his pastorate there until 1960, while serving also from 1958 to 1960 as associate chaplain to a prison in nearby Norfolk. He then moved on to parish ministries at the First Unitarian Church in Louisville, Kentucky (1960-63) and the Universalist Unitarian Church of Riverside, California (1963-80).

During these ministries, the Rev. Mr. Smith took on active roles in a variety of local social justice organizations. He served as an adult adviser to CORE in Louisville, was a member of the Louisville Executive Board of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), a member of the Board of Directors of the Kentucky Civil Liberties Union, and a co-founder and co-chairman of the Kentucky Committee to Abolish Capital Punishment.

While serving the Riverside Church, Mr. Smith undertook training as a psychotherapist, receiving a California license in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling in 1970. For the next ten years he practiced psychotherapy alongside his ministry to the Riverside Congregation, and then took early retirement from parish ministry in 1980 to practice psychotherapy full time.

Phil is recalled as a maverick and one who valued individual creativity. He encouraged others to hold on to their uniqueness, and enrich the world with it. He gave voice and support to those who suffered injustice and mistreatment. He is remembered by family and friends for his love of laughter and his appreciation of life; his final words were “thank you.”

Philip Smith is survived by his wife Sharon Rose (McMaken) Smith; a son, Gabe, and a daughter, Bryony; grandchildren, Ryan, Andy and Ashle; two great-grandchildren; and brothers, Jim, Tom, and Paul.

Memorial donations are encouraged to the American Civil Liberties Union.

The Rev. Dr. Roger H. Smith

Roger Smith

Roger Smith

The Rev. Dr. Roger H. Smith, 75, died August 10, 2011. He earned a BA at Washington State University, an MS and a Ph.D. from North Carolina State University and an M.Div. from Starr King. He served congregations in Wayzata, MN; Pasco and Kirkland, WA. During his time in Minnesota he enjoyed canoeing. Prior to joining the ministry, he worked for NASA in Oak Ridge, TN, as a research biologist. He also worked for the International Atomic Energy Association at a laboratory in Greece and later worked for the Environmental Protection Agency in Olympia, WA. He and his wife, Jane, traveled and worked in California, New Jersey and Japan. In recent years they ran a home-based business germinating orchid seeds for hobbyists.

The Rev. Thomas Leroy Smith

uurmapaThe Rev. Thomas Leroy Smith, 87, died August 15, 2005, following a stroke. Prior to receiving preliminary fellowship with the AUA in 1957, he was ordained a Methodist minister and also served as a Presbyterian minister. He served congregations in Duluth, MN and Lansing, MI. He was a teacher who went on to do graduate work in counseling. He is survived by two children, Pamela Smith Marsh of Denver and Thomas Dan Smith of the United Arab Emirates. A memorial service was held Oct. 7 at UU Church of Greater Lansing, followed by a memorial dance at Fraternal Order of Eagles the same evening.

Lorraine Stehman Snowden

Lorriane Snowden

Lorriane Snowden

Lorraine Stehman Snowden, 76, made her transition from earth life to spirit life on July 21, 2008 after a personal struggle with the challenges of cancer. She is survived by her husband, the Rev. Dr. Glen Wenger Snowden, to whom she was married for 55 years. Before living in Northborough, MA, they lived in Newton for many years. She is also survived by Julie Marie Martin, her daughter, and two grandchildren and three sisters. She enjoyed a lifelong career as a church musician. A graduate of Elizabethtown College, the Yale School of Music, and the New England Conservatory of Music, she was a longtime member of the American Guild of Organists. She was also a piano teacher. Lorraine was highly dedicated to spiritual practices and the study of religious philosophy.

Ottie Hardenstein Sonen

uurmapaOttie Hardenstein Sonen, 83, widow of the Rev. Robert W. Sonen, died Nov, 29, 2005. A a prominent psychotherapist, she maintained an active psychotherapy and counseling practice for over 40 years in Morristown/Oakridge, New Jersey, and later in Palm Beach, FL. She was a dance teacher, a movement therapist, and a founding member and president of the National Sacred Dance Guild. At 70, she won numerous ballroom dancing titles. She is survived by a sister; children Linda Mathers Barton, J. Marc Mathers, Barbara Sonen Bollinger, Beverly Sonen Anderson, and Ralph Sonen; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson. A service was held Dec. 3 at Unity Church in West Palm Beach.

The Rev. Dr. Virginia Vaught Sparling

Virginia Sparling

Virginia Sparling

The Rev. Dr. Virginia Vaught Sparling died on February 23, 2012. She was 87 years old. Rev. Dr. Sparling was born in Caddo Gap, AR on Feb 3, 1925 to Grace (Davis) and Chester Allen Vaught. Education was very important to Rev. Sparling and she attained quite a few degrees throughout her life. In 1946, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Zoology from MacMurray College in 1946. She went on to attain a Master of Social Work and a Master of Education from the University of Washington in 1969 and 1979 respectively. MacMurray College gifted her with an Honorary Doctorate in 1981. And in 1991, she earned her final degree: a Master of Divinity from Northwest Theological Union.

The Rev. Sparling was ordained at East Shore Unitarian Church in Bellevue, WA in 1992. She was called to the Pacific Northwest District where she served from 1990-2000. She also served as a ministerial consultant at the Olympic UU Fellowship in Port Angeles, WA from 1993-1995; and the Skagit UU Fellowship in Mt. Vernon, WA from 1991-1999.

In 2004, the Rev. Sparling’s deteriorating health forced her to begin using a wheelchair. Despite, the disability, she helped found the Methow Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (currently non-UUA affiliated), and was its minister for several years following its inception.

The Rev. Sparling felt deeply passionate about education and community building through the arts. She was a vocal advocate of public education, and was elected to the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA), becoming its President in 1979. An enthusiast of opera, ballet, and theatre, she became involved in the Confluence Art Gallery in Twisp, WA. There, she served as Board President, organizing shows, and leading capital drives to buy an additional building and install a monument in a public park.

In a letter to family and friends, her husband, Gerald, noted, “Life had given her many adventures and challenges which she took on with verve and gusto. Although she is gone; she still lives on in our hearts and minds.”

The Rev. Sparling is survived by her husband of 61 years, Gerald Sparling, MD. She is also survived by son, Gerald Jr., and his wife, Andrea; son, Eugene, and his wife, Marta; and three grandchildren, Isaac, Nina, and Joslyn.

Two memorial services were held for the Rev. Dr. Sparling. The first was at the Eastshore Unitarian Church, 12700 SE 32nd St., Bellevue, WA 98005 on Sunday, June 17, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. The second took place at the Winthrop Barn, 51 N. Highway 20, Winthrop, WA 98862 on Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.

Notes of condolence may be sent to Dr. Gerald Sparling, P.O. Box 954, 865 Wolf Creek Road, Winthrop, WA 98862.

Robin Spry-Campbell

uurmapaRobin Spry-Campbell, 90, widow of the Rev. Jeffrey Campbell, died Oct. 23. She was born in Schenectady, NY, on Nov. 12, 1922. She attended Skidmore College, as one of the youngest members in her freshman class studying arts education. She served in the US Army at Aberdeen Proving
Ground, Aberdeen, MD. There her artistic talents were put to use for weapon design – an irony she relished later in life as an ardent and life-long civil rights and peace activist. She later shipped out to
Germany with the Army, where she met her first husband, Bill Spry. On her return stateside she participated in the WPA project and attended Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. She went on to accept a position as an art teacher at the Putney School in Vermont.

There she met and married her second husband, Jeffrey Campbell. He had been a conscientious objector during World War II and went on to become a UU minister, who served our church in Amherst, MA during the
1960’s and 1970’s. He and Robin continued their work for civil rights and for peace and justice over many years.

Robin worked at the Putney School for 35 years. When she retired in 1985 she returned to upstate New York. She is survived by her daughters, Jocelyn Lash of Burlington, VT and Allison Campbell of Sebastopol, CA. The family says that Robin’s second husband died just ten days before she did.

Donations in Robin’s memory may be made to the Tompkins County SPCA, 1640 Hanshaw Rd., Ithaca, NY or the Ulysses Philomathic Library, 74 E. Main St., Trumansburg, NY 14886.

Sympathy notes may go to Jocelyn Lash, 364 Governor’s Lane, Shelburne, VT 05482.

The Rev. Dr. Bob Stebbins

Bob Stebbins

Bob Stebbins

The Rev. Dr. Bob Stebbins, avid traveler, inspiring educator, dedicated family man, and lover of life, died at the Hospice Compassionate Care Center in Richmond, Kentucky, on 17 June 2014, aged 82.

Robert E. Stebbins was born in Lima, Ohio, on 28 July 1931 to Charles F. and Velma J. Stebbins. After graduation from Lima Central High School he earned a B.A. in history from Bowling Green State University (Ohio) in 1953. He received his M.Div. from Yale Divinity School, was forthwith ordained and accepted into the Methodist ministry on 3 June 1956, and continued academic work at the University of Minnesota, earning a Ph.D. in modern European history in 1960. During the first two years of this doctoral work (1956-58), he worked as program secretary and student minister at the University of Minnesota YMCA/YWCA and regularly supplied the pulpit at the Methodist Church in New Richmond, Wisconsin. In 1958-59 he moved on to serve as part-time interim assistant minister at the Mayflower Congregational Church in Minneapolis.

The Rev. Mr. Stebbins was going through much theological searching during these years, and 1959 he withdrew from the Methodist ministry, seeking and receiving Universalist ministerial fellowship the same year. While studying for his Ph.D., he served as the executive director for Tri-U, a Unitarian Universalist student group at the University of Minnesota from 1959 to 1961. Dr. Stebbins taught European history at Eastern Kentucky State College from 1963 until his retirement in 2000.

Bob Stebbins was one of the founders of the Madison County UU Fellowship in 1978, and remained an active member of the congregation for the rest of his life, most often drawing upon his ministerial background as program chair for the lay led congregation.

Bob Stebbins

Bob Stebbins

Robert enjoyed traveling, and explored all seven continents; he followed a ritual of climbing to the highest point of each destination. He was an avid tennis player, and played until the age of seventy-eight. Friends and colleagues recall his “rational perspective” and sense of humor.

Robert’s family members fondly remember his “general delight in living,” and the love he had for his wife and three daughters. His wife, Ann Stebbins, noted, “He encouraged me to reach a potential I did not know I had. He helped me lead a life I did not know I could.”

He is survived by his wife, K. Ann Stebbins; daughters, Susan Stebbins Collins, Beth Ann Stebbins, and Kara Lynn Stebbins; granddaughter Emily Stebbins; grandson Russell Brown; sister Ruth Raines; nephew Blake Raines (Rei-fung Raines) and grand-niece, Karlene Raines.

A Celebration of Life was held on June 21, 2014 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Madison County, in Richmond, Kentucky.

Notes of condolence may be sent to Ann Stebbins at 208 College View Dr., Richmond, Kentucky 40475.

Marilyn Shirley Ireland Steeves

Marilyn Steeves

Marilyn Steeves

Marilyn Shirley Ireland Steeves, 90, widow of the Rev. Addison Eliot Steeves, died June 6, 2010. For 25 years she taught in public and private schools in ME, CA and MA. She wrote the hymn “Heirs of One Faith Are We” when the Unitarian and Universalist women’s organizations merged. She served on the Exterior Committee of the AUA and the General Alliance of Unitarians. She was active with other liberal Christian women leading training for the Sunday School Union of Greater Boston. She was president of the Family Service Association of Dedham, MA and served on the board of directors of the Family Services Association of Greater Boston. She was an accomplished pianist and alto soloist. She enjoyed Elderhostel, the Bowdoin June Seminar, and Bates noonday concerts. Marilyn was a prolific reader all her life and worked as a book reviewer. She loved to knit, to make bread and to collect pewter. She is survived by her three children: Sally, Ellen and Mark Steeves, a daughter-in-law and a son-in-law.

Deborah Lantz Steiner

Deborah Steiner

Deborah Steiner

Deborah Lantz Steiner, 103, widow of the Rev. Dr. Richard M. Steiner, died October 27, 2011 in Claremont, CA. She was born into a Quaker family in Pendleton, IN, and attended the George School. When she met and married Dick Steiner he was a Congregationalist who planned to teach religion. His plans changed when the First Unitarian Church Portland (OR) called him in 1934, where he served until 1966. Deborah was the consummate minister’s wife in the “hat and gloves” era. She truly did labor in the vineyards of the church.Active in the Women’s Alliance, the Fortnightly Club and the Greenleaf Club, she also volunteered for many organizations and was a past president of the City Club in Claremont. She was an avid and skilled gardener. Her husband said he owed much of his success to her commitment to their church and his ministry. When he died in 1975 the couple had been married 48 years. She is survived by her sons, Henry-York Steiner, of Spokane, WA and David Elliot Steiner, of Allenspark, CO; their spouses, five grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

The Rev. Dr. Charles Stedman Stephen, Jr.

The Rev. Dr. Charles Stedman Stephen, Jr. died on May 29, 2017 at the age of 85.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years Patricia; children Debra June, Susan Elizabeth (Michael Jensen), David Charles (Anne Henshaw), Carl Scott (Janet Kleine), and Bruce Jonathan; ten grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and brothers Sander and Mark.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Unitarian Church of Lincoln, 6300 A Street, Lincoln, NE 68510; to Nebraska’s Planned Parenthood of the Heartland; and to the American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska.
A memorial service will take place at 4pm on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at the Unitarian Church of Lincoln (address above).
Notes of condolence can be sent to Pat Stephen at 7005 Shamrock Road Unit 109, Lincoln, NE 68506.
A more complete obituary will be forthcoming after biographical research has been completed.

The Rev. Connie Pirnie Sternberg

Connie Sternberg

Connie Sternberg

The Rev. Connie Pirnie Sternberg died on May 27, 2012. She was 82 years old. Rev. Sternberg was born in Exeter, NH on November 18, 1929 to James and Harriette (Farrell) Pirnie. Rev. Sternberg attained her Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University in 1951. She then went on to earn a Master of Arts from Columbia University Teacher’s College in 1954, and a Master of Divinity from New York Theological Seminary in 1988.

Rev. Sternberg was ordained by the Community Church of New York on May 7, 1989. She was called to the Unitarian Universalist Society: East in East Manchester, CT in 1989, and there, she stayed, until her retirement in 2001. She remained a member of the UU Society: East for the rest of her life.

Her fondest memories of growing up in Exeter, NH included singing in the choir at the Unitarian Church (which she joined as a teenager), and organizing an interfaith youth group which brought Protestant, Catholic and Jewish youth together for socializing and supporting American troops during World War II.

During her time in Manchester, CT, Rev. Sternberg was a leader of the Connecticut Council for Inter-Religious Understanding and was active in many causes, including maintaining the separation of church and state and supporting civil rights for the lesbian and gay community.

Rev. Sternberg met her husband, Hal, in New York City in 1976, and they were married a year later. Hal provided dedicated support throughout her ministerial career, and often said that he loved being “married to the minister.” He died in December, 2007.

In a sermon given on May 9, 2010, Rev. Sternberg spoke of, her final year at the New York Theological Seminary. Her theology professors offered the UU students the opportunity to pick topics other than the traditional Holy Trinity. She and her classmates “refused and tackled the same subjects as the rest of the class.” She went on to say, “Each evening two students were called upon to read their papers. When the topic was the Trinity, there was a loud call: ‘We want to hear from the Unitarians!’ We were both applauded and appreciated. By then, we had all decided that even though our theologies, rituals, and sources of reflection were different, we were in the same business. We were unity in diversity.”

Rev. Sternberg is survived by a step-daughter, Jill Sternberg; a step-son, Carl Sternberg and his wife, Virginia; as well as a grandson, Michael; her brother- in-law Morton Sternberg and his wife Ruth; and her sister-in-law, Marilin Sternberg.

A memorial service was held on June 30, 2012 at 1 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Society: East, 153 West Vernon St., Manchester, CT 06042. Notes of condolence may be sent to Jill Sternberg, 123 Seventh Ave., Mailbox 251, Brooklyn, NY 11215.

Harold “Hal” Victor Sternberg

Harold Sternberg

Harold Sternberg

Harold “Hal” Victor Sternberg, 87, husband of the Rev. Connie Sternberg, died peacefully in Manchester, CT December 11, 2007, after two years of ill health. Born in Brooklyn, NY, he attended local schools and went on to follow in his father’s line of work in the grocery business. He managed several supermarkets in the New York area. When he retired he was Office Services Manager for Value Line. He was also an avid poker player, who enjoyed gardening. After he retired, he volunteered as a teacher’s aide, focusing on teaching reading and gardening to children and youth. He is survived by his wife, his daughter, Jill and his son.

Janette Browning Foster Storm

Janette Storm

Janette Storm

Janette Browning Foster Storm, 99, widow of the Rev. Carl A. Storm, died peacefully in her sleep on September 14, 2013, in Lynchburg, VA, just 11 days before her 100th birthday.

She was born in Hartford, CT on September 25, 1913 to William and Charlotte Foster. Her mother died when she was in 8th grade and so she became the female head of the house at an early age. She graduated from Stafford Springs High School and attended Pine Manor Junior College, LaSalle College, and Wellesley College.

In 1939, at age 26, she married Carl A. Storm, beginning her lifelong role as a homemaker, who actively supported Carl’s professional life as a UU minister and as a professor of sociology. The Storms served congregations in Exeter, NH; Lincoln, NE; Minneapolis, MN; Schenectady, NY; and Lynchburg, VA. They also took a year’s sabbatical in Edinburgh, Scotland, with Janette seeing to myriad details. She was married to Carl for 57 years, until his death in 1996.

She loved music and was a “phenomenal “cook. She will also be remembered for her wit and her fiercely independent spirit. She was an active member and avid supporter of the League of Women Voters.

She was preceded in death by her son, Jon, and her grandson, Derek. She is survived by her son, Mark, her daughter-in-law, Donna, two grandchildren, and one great grandson, all of the greater Lynchburg area.

Notes of remembrance may be sent to Mark Storm, 211 Ivy West Ct., Forest, VA 24551.

Claora Bell Styron

uurmapaClaora Bell Styron, 99, widow the Rev. Charles M. Styron, died June 2, 2004 at Medford Leas in Medford, NJ. The Styrons served the First Parish in Lincoln, MA for 33 years. She reared three children and had an active life of her own, teaching public speaking at Boston University and having a private practice in speech therapy. She was an active church member who sang alto in the church choir. She also worked for civil rights. She enjoyed hiking and camping with her family all over North America. In retirement she continued to travel with her husband. He died in 1992. During the last years of her long life her main interests were reading and music. She was a member of the Leas Singers at the time of her death. She is survived by her daughter, Claora E. Styron of San Francisco and her niece, Julie Bell Martin of Wyckoff, NJ.

The Rev. John R. B. Szala

Stylized image of the phoenix rising from a flame.The Rev. John R. B. Szala, 72, died January 1, 2008 in Plymouth, NH. He was a contemplative monk in a Carmelite Monastery for ten years. After leaving the monastery, he taught school, and then administered a cancer research project at the University of Pittsburgh. In 1972, he first became acquainted with UUism at the First Unitarian Church in Pittsburgh, under the mentorship of Rev. David A. Johnson. Ordained and installed at that church in 1973, he served as their interim minister and as campus chaplain at the University of Pittsburgh and went on to serve churches in Rochester, NY; Salem, MA; and Caribou, ME. He was an active member of the North American Vexillological Association (NAVA), an organization devoted to the scientific study of flag history and symbolism. Survivors include his mother, Julia Szala of Pittsburgh, his brother, and two sisters, and many nieces and nephews.

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Carolyn Ford Taylor

Carolyn Taylor

Carolyn Taylor

Carolyn Ford Taylor, 74, wife of the Rev. Todd J. Taylor, died August 27, 2013 in hospice care in Taos, NM, after a lengthy illness.

She was woman with many interests and gifts. She operated an art gallery in Knoxville, TN for several years. After her children were grown, she had time to develop her own talents in fiber arts, jewelry making, weaving, music, creative writing and designing children’s “wearable art” clothing.

Carolyn earned an advanced degree in early childhood education and taught pre-school in private schools in Atlanta, GA. She also studied with Diane Stein, author of books on women’s rituals and healing. Carolyn became a Reiki Master, teaching students at home and abroad.

Over the years she led travel groups for church women, which inspired her to start her own travel company, “Women with Wings.” Collaborating with a larger tour company in California, she led groups of women on tours overseas to destinations including Spain, France, Thailand and India. She retired from the travel business in the spring of 2001 and moved to Taos, NM.

Carolyn is survived by her husband of forty years, three daughters from an earlier marriage: Jenifer Valingo, Georgia Atkinson and Michele Marcon; two stepsons, Wannie Taylor, Todd Eliot Taylor and a stepdaughter, Jenai Taylor; eight grandchildren, three great grandchildren; by her brother, Gerald J. Ford, and four nieces and two nephews.

Notes of remembrance may go to Todd Taylor, P.O. Box 658, Arroyo Seco, NM 87514.
With thanks to the Taos News.

The Rev. John A. Taylor

Jack Taylor

Jack Taylor

The Rev. John A. Taylor, 79, died at home July 29, 2011 in State College, PA. He earned his BA from Oklahoma City University and his M.Div. from Boston University School of Theology. During seminary he served as Assistant to the Dean of Marsh Chapel at BU, Dr. Howard Thurman, who greatly influenced his ministry. Jack was first ordained as a Methodist minister but after four years transferred to the UUA. He served churches and student associations in Madison, WI; Amherst, MA; Urbana, IL; San Francisco; and Ithaca, NY. When he retired from Ithaca, after 25 years there, he was named minister emeritus and chaplain emeritus at Cornell University. From 1972-1996 Jack was heard each Sunday morning on radio station WHCU in Ithaca. His book The Unhurried Journey was published in 1991. He served on numerous boards ranging from Planned Parenthood to resettlement of Vietnamese refugees to marketing Foxdale Village, where he was living. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Barbara R. Taylor, their children, Scot R. Taylor and Lyn S. Kalnitz, and their spouses and two grandchildren.

Margret Taylor

uurmapaMargret Taylor, 93, the widow of the Rev. Floyd James Taylor, died Jan. 11, 2006 in Norwalk, CT. A graduate of Simmons College, she worked for the Denison Company before marriage. Her life with Floyd included pastorates in Chelmsford, Plymouth, and Lexington, MA. They retired to Ormond Beach, FL, in 1968. During retirement, she learned Braille, transcribing books at home for the Blind. She was predeceased by her husband of 57 years in 1993 and by a son, James Floyd Taylor, in 2005, and is survived by a daughter, Marilyn Hannah; a brother; two grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

The Rev. Hollis “Holly” Tegarden

uurmapaThe Rev. Hollis “Holly” Tegarden, 81, died in May, 2004. He served with Dana Greeley at Arlington St. Church in Boston, and churches in Marblehead, MA, and Portland, ME. His wife, Lois, said that the Unitarian Fellowship sent a beautiful ivy wreath, which was sent with his ashes into Narragansett Bay, RI.

Lois Armington Thornton Tegarden

Lois Tegarden

Lois Tegarden

Lois Armington Thornton Tegarden, 85, widow of the Rev. William “Holly” Hollis Tegarden, died April 18, 2010. She earned a bachelor of science degree at Brown University, where she met her husband. While he was studying at Harvard Divinity School, she worked as a laboratory technician in the Public Health Department of Cambridge, MA. Lois also played second violin in the MIT symphony orchestra. They served churches in MA, ME and NJ. When her husband left the ministry to pursue a career in market research, Lois launched her own successful career in residential real estate. She was an accomplished and spirited sportswoman, who enjoyed playing tennis and was an avid sailor. Lois championed the cause of the mentally ill, taking courage from her personal experience with family illness. She was a sustaining member of the Junior League of NJ, a member of the Princeton Parents Association, and for 30 years an enthusiastic member of the Trinity Church Choir. She is survived by her three children: Deborah Armington Tegarden Bass, William Hollis Tegarden, Jr., and Pamela Adams Tegarden Allen and by three grandchildren.

The Rev. Robert Atherton Thayer

Robert Thayer

Robert Thayer

The Rev. Robert Atherton Thayer, 77, died April 5, 2012. He held a BA in history from Harvard College. During college he spent summers as a fire lookout in the Bitter Foot Idaho Wilderness. He earned his BD at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago and was ordained as a Presbyterian. At Harvard he met his first wife, Pamela J. Thayer. Bob served the First Presbyterian Church in Framingham, MA. His passion for the civil rights movement moved him to seek fellowship with the UUA. He served First Parish UU in Medfield, MA and was chaplain at Billerica prison. He served Fairhaven Unitarian Memorial Church for 22 years, then served as interim at the Second Congregational Meetinghouse of Nantucket, and then served the Brockton UU Church. He was an avid sailor, woodworker, woodsman, writer and scholar. He was predeceased by his wife of 31 years in 1991. He is survived by Mary-Ellen Tunney, his wife of 16 years, and by his children: Stephanie Pires, Jenifer Thayer and Robert Thayer; two stepchildren, Patrick and James Whittle; and five grandchildren.

The Rev. Al Thelander

Al and Mary Thelander

Al and Mary Thelander

The Rev. Al Thelander, who served parish ministries in California after an Air Force career, died on October 20, 2014, at the age of 89.

Albert Hill Thelander was born on August 8, 1925 to Margaret and Albert Levi Thelander. He earned a B.S. from Harvard University in 1949, and went on to serve the United States Air Force from 1952 to 1970. He was graduated from Starr King School for the Ministry in 1973.

Mr. Thelander was ordained to ministry in 1977 by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Saddleback Valley of Laguna Hills, CA, (now Tapestry, A Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Mission Viejo, CA) where he served as minister from 1977 to 1979. He then answered a call to the Humboldt UU Fellowship of Bayside, CA in 1979, where he continued until his retirement in 1993, when he was voted Minister Emeritus.

The Rev. Mr. Thelander served his colleagues and the UU movement in a variety of ways. He was a founding member and secretary of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Cooperative, Pacific Central District of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) from 1975 to 1977; Northern California area coordinator to the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee from 1975 to 1976; chair of the denominational affairs and communications committee of the Pacific Southwest District of the UUA from 1978 to 1979; Board of Directors of the Pacific Central District from 1983 to 1987; and President of the Pacific Central District from 1985 to 1987.

Al enjoyed chess, carpentry, reading, and spending time with family, among whom he was affectionately known as “GrandAl.” His granddaughter, Emmy, remembers, “GrandAl approached everything in life, including the whimsical and the grave, with the assumption that it was—or could be—meaningful. He was and is a model for intentional living.”

Al Thelander is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary; children, Carl Thelander, Margo Thelander, and Kate Alvarez; grandchildren, Emmy, Max, Alicia, Alex, Cara and Shane; and great-grandchildren, Davin, Anderson, and Collin.

A celebration of life was planned at a later date. Notes of condolences may be sent to Mary Thelander, 12833 Lake Wildwood Drive, Penn Valley, CA 95946.

The Rev. Carl F. Thitchener

Carl Thitchener

Carl Thitchener

The Rev. Carl F. Thitchener, 75, died Feb. 15, 2008 in Clifton Springs, NY. After a successful business career where he was a pioneer in the early microfilm information retrieval industry, he transitioned to ministry. He earned an M. Div. from Starr King and was ordained at the First Unitarian Church in Rochester, NY, where he had been an active layperson for 20 years. He served the UU Church of Amherst in Williamsville, NY. After her ordination his wife, the Rev. Maureen Q. Thitchener, joined him there as co-minister. The congregation honored them as ministers emeriti. Carl also served congregations in Fairfax, VA; Rochester, NY; and Waterloo County, ON. At the time of Carl’s death, he and Maureen were co-ministers at the UU Church of Canandaigua, NY. Carl served as Secretary to the UUA Board of Trustees, and on the Boards of the Buffalo Area Metropolitan Ministries; Starr King; the the UUMA and as President of the St. Lawrence Foundation for Theological Education. He was Vice President on the UURMaPA Board, as listkeeper and webmaster. Survivors include his wife of 53 years; three daughters, Karyn Taylor, Lynn Thitchener, and Susan Levine; a son, Michael Carl Thitchener, and two granddaughters. A service was held March 29 in Rochester.

Terry Throne

Terry Throne

Terry Throne

Terry Throne, 74, spouse of the Reverend Bob Throne, died April 18, 2017 of heart failure, after several years of illness. Terry was born July 25, 1942 into a Jewish family, but became a “thoroughgoing UU” when she and Bob discovered the Hartford Connecticut Meeting House in the mid-1970’s.

At that time, Terry and Bob were among the pioneers of cross racial adoption, and Terry chaired the CT Open Door Society, nurturing many adoptive families and children. In that period they also signed on to a major open housing lawsuit. They delighted in the fact their home was in Bloomfield, CT, a well integrated town that welcomed their children, amidst many still segregated suburbs.

She had worked a variety of “people caring” jobs over the years, including directing the Children’s Program at Ferry Beach and as Director of Religious Education at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County from 1987 to 1995. Although she had suffered two heart attacks and a nasty stroke, Terry had fought back and resumed caring for a grandchild 13 years ago.

Terry was an extrovert, and made and kept friends readily. She and Bob developed many relationships among neighbors and from their congregations, the many GA’s, District and cluster meetings, and Star Island. She is survived by her husband; two children, Daryn Roven and Cambria Hill; and four grandchildren, Mattie & Kareem Jr and Jonathan & Sophia, plus “adopted” grandchildren among family friends.

Notes of condolence can be sent to Robert Throne, 1916 Fleming Avenue, Willow Grove, PA 19090.

 Memorial gifts may be sent to: The Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration (6900 Stenton Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19150).

The Rev. John E. Trowbridge

John Trowbridge

John Trowbridge

The Rev. John E. Trowbridge, 83, died unexpectedly August 30, 2008, of congestive heart failure. He held a BA in Social Studies from University of New Mexico at Albuquerque, and a B.Div. from Meadville Theological School. He was a veteran of the US Navy. He was minister of the UU Society of Bangor, ME from 1954-1958, and then the UU Churches of Sheshequin, Standing Stone, and Towanda, PA, from 1964-1985. While serving the churches, he was a case worker at the General Assistance Department in Towanda. His articles on religion were published in The Unitarian World, Faith and Freedom,and The Christian Century. John was also a talented watercolor artist who exhibited his landscapes wherever he lived. In 1985 he retired and returned to his birthplace, Deming, NM, where he continued to paint and was active in the artistic community. He was designated minister emeritus by the UU Church of Athens and Sheshequin in 2003. He was an active member of the Las Cruces congregation. He is survived by his children, Alina and Ned and two step-grandchildren.

The Rev. Margaret D. “Margo” Tyndall

Margo Tyndal

Margo Tyndall

The Rev. Margaret D. “Margo” Tyndall, a director and later minister of religious education, activist for peace and justice, and dedicated servant of the Unitarian Universalist tradition, died at her home in San Rafael, California, on 29 March 2014 at the age of 91.

Margo Tyndall was one who walked her talk. In the aftermath of Tibetan resistance against China in the late 1950s, she and husband Gordon became passionate about the plight of Tibetan children. Together they raised thousands of dollars for the Tibetan Refugee Children’s Education Fund, and housed a number of Tibetan refugees in their Oakland (California) home. Both were active with the Berkeley Buddhist Peace Fellowship and studied Vipassana meditation. Margo’s wide-ranging interests included swimming, hiking, painting, calligraphy, and short story writing. Over the years Margo pursued a somewhat itinerant career in education and ministry, serving wherever Gordon’s career moves took the family.

Margaret Patricia Davies was born on 7 March 1923 in Berkeley, California, to Harold and Kathleen Davies, grew up in nearby Oakland, and attended Anna Head School for Girls (now Head-Royce School). She went on to study at Stanford University and UC Berkeley, where she met teaching assistant Gordon Tyndall; they were married in 1942. Finishing his Ph.D. in economics shortly thereafter, Gordon returned to his native Canada and enlisted in the Canadian army. The newlyweds spent the rest of the war years in various parts of Canada wherever Gordon was assigned. Their first two children were born during those Canadian years. After the war Gordon’s career took the family to California, Ithaca, New York, and Pittsburgh, where Margo was finally able to complete a bachelor’s degree in English from Carnegie Mellon University in 1952.

Margo Tyndall

Margo Tyndall

Early in 1952 and already three months pregnant, Margo with Gordon and their two children set out to Europe on Gordon’s Fulbright Scholarship. Their third child Ben was born that summer in Vienna. Soon after returning to the States, Gordon’s work led them back to the San Francisco Bay Area. They settled in Berkeley in 1953 where they remained for the next fourteen years, except for a sabbatical year in Europe (1965).

It was the stability of these years in Berkeley, during her older children’s teen and young adult years, that gave Margo the opening to develop her interest in liberal religious education. She and Gordon were among the founders of the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarians (now Unitarian Universalists) where both taught Sunday school and Margo served as Religious Education Director (DRE) in 1961-62. This led her to study for professional ministry at Starr King School for the Ministry, where she earned her M.Div. in 1968.

Following Gordon’s taking a position at the University of Edmonton (Alberta) in 1967, Margo served the Unitarian Church there over most of the next eleven years, alternating between roles as DRE (1967-71, 1976-78) and associate minister (1971-73, 1977-78). The UUA granted her DRE certification in 1970 and the Edmonton church ordained her to UU ministry in 1971. At various times in her Edmonton years, the Rev. Ms. Tyndall served as membership chair of the Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA) and as emergency room chaplain at the University of Alberta hospital. Life in Edmonton was interrupted for two years (1974-76) when Gordon’s career took them to Nairobi, where Margo taught English at a Roman Catholic girls school.

Margo Tyndal

Margo Tyndall and student

After Gordon’s retirement in 1978, Margo was free to lead the way back to her beloved San Francisco Bay Area where she joined the UU Church of Berkeley, volunteered in the RE program, and became active in the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant (EBSC), providing assistance to refugees fleeing persecution in Central America. Sr. Maureen Duignan, the Sanctuary’s executive director, remembers Margo as “a very graceful person, [who] associated herself with EBSC for many years . . . and contributed financially to our ministry.” Margo returned to professional work in 1989, accepting a call to the UU Fellowship of Redwood City, and served there as Minister of Religious Education until 1992. In retirement she continued her dedication to working with children as a tutor in the Richmond (Calif.) Reading Project.

Her husband of seventy-one years having died in 2013, Margo is survived by a daughter, Caroline Salcedo, sons, David and Benjamin, grandchildren, Antonio, Ricardo, and Nina, and seven great-grandchildren. Notes of condolence may be sent in care of David Tyndall at 1510 Stallion Court, McKinleyville, California 95519.

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The Rev. David Van Strien

David Van Strien

David Van Strien

The Rev. David Van Strien, tireless worker for equal rights and opportunities for all people, died at age 89 on June 29, 2014 at RiverMead Lifecare Community, Peterborough, NH.

Mr. Van Strien’s work for justice was primarily, but not exclusively, focused on the rights of the Palestinian people in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He received the first annual award from the New Hampshire Chapter of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee for his work for the cause of peace and justice, but was also instrumental in promoting Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union in southern New Hampshire.

At one point he sued New Hampshire Governor Meldrim Thomson to keep him from lowering the flag to half-mast on Good Friday. The case went to the U.S. Supreme Court where Mr. Van Strien won. He was instrumental in putting a successful nuclear freeze resolution on the ballot in Peterborough and, with his congregation, successfully opposed the local school board in its attempt to allow the Gideons to distribute Bibles in the Peterborough public schools.

He considered himself a humanist and used the tenets of humanism to give voice to peace and justice issues and organizations throughout his ministry. He founded UUs for Justice in the Middle East in the early 1970s, and chaired the organization from 1977 to 2003; he also founded the Palestine Education Network. When he received the award from the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, his acceptance speech included these words:

“I consider working for peace and justice to be a primary — the primary — obligation of any religious person. Working to advance the idea of equal justice and human rights for all persons is — or at least should be — a primary political responsibility of every man and woman in our nation who subscribes to the principles and ideals and spirit embodied in our Declaration of Independence, our Constitution, and our Bill of Rights.”

David Douglas Van Strien was born on December 23, 1924 to John and Cornelia (Bouma) Van Strien. After high school graduation in Bayonne, New Jersey, he went on to earn a B.A. from Ursinus College in 1946 and a B.D. from New Brunswick Theological Seminary in 1954. He was married to Karin Fortun in May of 1959.

Although he grew up in the Dutch Reformed Church, Mr. Van Strien entered ministry in the Congregational Christian Church tradition (United Church of Christ after 1957). After ordination on June 6, 1954, he served the North Congregational Church of Middleton, New York from 1954 to 1957, and the Belleville Congregational Church of Newburyport, Massachusetts from 1958 to 1969. After Mr. Van Strien’s religious views became more liberal in the 1960s, he was received into UU ministerial fellowship in 1967. He accepted a call to the Peterborough (New Hampshire) UU Church in 1969 and served there until he retired in 1990 and was named Minister Emeritus.

During his twenty years of service in Peterborough, the Rev. Mr. Van Strien re-established the Monadnock Summer Lyceum, bringing well-known speakers to the greater community. He also dedicated much of his time to the wider UU movement, serving on the UUA Board of Trustees for nine years, as a Good Offices person for the UUMA; and as president, vice president, and Secretary of the New Hampshire Vermont UUMA chapter.

A memorial service conducted by the Rev. Dr. David Robins was held on July 14, 2014 at the Peterborough UU church.

David Van Strien is survived by his wife, Karin Van Strien; his brother in-law; four nephews and a niece; and many great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews. Notes of condolence may be sent to Karin Van Strien at 205 Rivermead Road, Peterborough NH 03458.

Karin Van Strien

Karin Van Strien died February 10, 2017 at RiverMead Lifecare Community in Peterborough, NH at the age of 92.  

Survivors include, Egmont Fortun, brother; nephews, Steffen and Martin and their families, all in Germany; a niece Vickie Chamberlain and family in Greensboro, NC; a nephew David Ammerman and family in Maine. Karin is predeceased by her husband the Rev. David D. Van Strien and her nephew John F. Ammerman.

A private burial with family will take place in the spring.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial contributions be made in Karin’s name to the Peterborough Unitarian Universalist Church, 25 Main Street, Peterborough, NH 03458 or the Monadnock Chorus, PO Box 218, Peterborough, NH 03458.

[A more complete obituary is pending.]

Millicent Vanstrom

Millicent and Vester Vanstrom

Millicent and Vester Vanstrom

Millicent Vanstrom, 87, wife of the Rev. Dr. Vester L. Vanstrom, died Oct. 18, 2006, in Bedford, TX from pneumonia. Her warm, comforting and contagious smile was enjoyed by all who met her. She was an active member in Planned Parenthood and awarded the National Margaret Sanger certificate of Recognition. She was a hands-on volunteer at hospitals wherever she lived. She was born with scoliosis from which she suffered, especially the last five years of her life. She is survived by her sons, Keith and David.

The Rev. Vester “Van” Vanstrom

Millicent and Vester Vanstrom

Millicent and Vester Vanstrom

The Rev. Vester “Van” Vanstrom, 90, died of a stroke May 25, 2007. He and his wife, Millie, were pioneers in interim ministry in 1975, serving congregations in Bellevue, WA; Golden and Denver, CO; Media, PA; Southwest Extension Ministry, Tulsa, OK; and Houston and Corpus Christi, TX. He was predeceased by son Marc and his wife of 68 years, Millicent, who died in 2006. His sons, David and Keith, and Vester all had apartments in the same complex in Bedford, TX. He had two grandsons. He requested no memorial service and his cremains, along with Millie’s were interred in a cemetery in Chisago City, Minnesota near their childhood homes.

The Rev. Norma Goodwin Veridan

uurmapaThe Rev. Norma Goodwin Veridan, died January 14, 2004. She served as the Religious Educator for the Mass Bay District and served congregations in Arlington and Charlottesville, VA; Madison, WI and Dallas, TX. The Veridan Fund for Religious Education Excellence (VFREE) has been established in her memory. It will provide scholarships to religious educators who strive to strengthen religious education in UU congregations by advancing their professional development to a new level of expertise.

The Rev. Dr. Herbert F. Vetter Jr.

Herb Vetter

Herb Vetter

The Rev. Dr. Herbert F. Vetter Jr. died of ventricular fibrillation and myocardial infarction on March 7, 2014, at the age of 90, at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

Herb was a true intellectual, a student of philosophy, science and literature, a scholar, a man who wrestled with the complexity of the human condition. His younger years as a conscientious objector, a librarian, an entrepreneur, a music lover and a Quaker with Lutheran roots prepared him well for a life in ministry. But he is best known as the man who envisioned a national radio program featuring interviews with the great thinkers of his time; we can thank Herb Vetter for introducing Unitarian Universalism to a wide population of National Public Radio listeners through his syndicated radio program, The Cambridge Forum.

Herbert Ferdinand Vetter, Junior, was born in Baltimore, MD, on September 27, 1923 to Herbert Ferdinand Vetter Sr. and Kathleen Wilson. A child of the Depression, he watched his father, the owner of an auto parts store, succeed in rental property investment during hard times, learning from him the value of entrepreneurship and hard work. Drafted to serve in World War II right out of high school, he refused as a conscientious objector to support the war in any way. He thus served a term in Federal prison in West Virginia, where he was the prison librarian and edited the prison journal, also hosting a daily radio program and learning to run a printing press — all excellent preparation for his later career as host of The Cambridge Forum, founder of the Harvard Square Library, and editor of writings by James Luther Adams, Charles Hartshorne, and Rabindranath Tagore.

His parole officer recognized his genius, and helped open doors for him to enter the University of Chicago, where he discovered Unitarianism while attending a Quaker meeting held at First Unitarian Church. He was drawn to the sound of the choir rehearsing, and entering the sanctuary, one could say that he never left again. He believed that Unitarianism “was a more adequate form of worship,” and its rich tradition of the humanities — music, literature, art, and science —resonated with him. It was during his Chicago years that he met and married Dorothy Hagquist in a 1950 wedding officiated by their friend and Herb’s mentor, James Luther Adams. He soon became a divinity school student, first at Harvard, and then at Meadville Lombard Theological Seminary, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Divinity in 1952. He received an Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from Meadville Theological School in 1983.

Mr. Vetter was ordained on October 26, 1952, at the First Congregational Parish, Unitarian, in Sharon, MA, where he served from 1952 to 1953. From 1954 to 1957, he served the Unitarian Church of Franklin, NH; then the Unitarian Church of Delaware County, PA (1958-1959); the First Parish of Milton, MA (1959-1960); and the First Parish of Northborough, MA (1960-1964).

Herb Vetter

Herb Vetter

Seeking to be closer to the center of intellectual discourse of the early 1960’s, the Vetters moved to Cambridge, MA, where Herb served as the Associate Minister with the Rev. Ralph Halverson at First Parish, Cambridge, and subsequently as Minister at Large, while simultaneously founding and directing The Cambridge Forum. In 1999, First Parish in Cambridge voted him Minister Emeritus.

Herb was very active in wider UU circles. He served as co-chair of the New England Ministers Institute; Moderator of the Greenfield Group of Unitarian Universalist Ministers; Field Education Representative of the Harvard Divinity School; Executive Committee Member of the New England Unitarian Ministers’ Association; member of the United Ministry at Harvard and Radcliffe; member of the Leverett House Senior Common Room at Harvard College; and member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Board of Chaplains.

An avid writer and historian, the Rev. Mr. Vetter authored five books—Joyful Power (1999); The Harvard Square Book (2007); Is God Necessary? No! And Yes (2007); Prayers of Power (2008); James Luther Adams: Prophet to the Powerful (2008)— and edited five additional titles—Speak Out: Against the New Right (1982); The Heart of God: Prayers of Rabindranath Tagore (1997); Catholic Power vs. American Freedom (2002); Hartshorne: A New World View (2007); Notable American Unitarians 1740-1900(2007).

In 1967, while serving First Parish in Cambridge, Mr. Vetter founded The Cambridge Forum, which began as a program of the Social Responsibility Committee of First Parish, and functioned as a platform that brought together renowned thinkers and ordinary citizens to discuss and examine social and political issues. Topics of discussion included the Vietnam War and the civil rights and anti-nuclear movements. The Forum produced the first continental radio and television broadcasts made by Unitarian Universalists. Cambridge Forum now exists as a non-profit organization affiliated with First Parish; its live public discussions are broadcast through National Public Radio.

Herb’s anti-war convictions continued during the Vietnam War; he participated in an underground network that helped young men avoid the draft and escape to Canada. The Vetters’ phone line was tapped by the FBI.

Following his retirement from the ministry and Cambridge Forum, Herbert Vetter founded the Harvard Square Library in 2000 ( Affiliated with First Parish in Cambridge, this is a digital library that features biographies, books, historical documents, and other materials about Unitarian Universalism and religious liberalism.

Herb was interested in music, reading, visual and performing arts, and travel. He loved classical music and jazz; Duke Ellington was one of his favorite performers. He is remembered by his son, Jim, as having “an amazing intellect,” and by his daughter, Kathleen, as having been “passionate about his many projects.”

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy H. Vetter; daughter, Kathleen E. Vetter (John Zurich); son, James B. Vetter; son-in-law, Tim Kutzmark; two grandchildren, and one great grandchild. Three brothers and one sister also survive him.

A memorial service was held on March 22nd, 2014, at 2:00 p.m., at First Parish in Cambridge. Notes of condolence can be sent to Dorothy Vetter, 1573 Cambridge St., Apt. 306, Cambridge, MA 02138.

Richard F. “Dick” Vincent

Richard "Dick" Vincent

Richard Vincent

Richard F. “Dick” Vincent, 89, died on July 29, 2010, from complications of diabetes and other illnesses. He was the husband of the Rev. Audrey Vincent. Dick was a 1942 graduate of Tufts (College of Engineering) where chapel experiences provided by Crane Seminary faculty inspired him to become a Universalist. A survivor of WWII, Dick mustered out as Lt. Commander USN, yet would go on to become a life long peace activist which he attributed to the transformative experience of having been among the first to arrive in Hiroshima after the bomb was dropped.

A Renaissance man, Dick enjoyed a 38-year career in the oil fields of California, Iran, and Scotland while making time for wilderness and artistic pursuits. He and Audrey met on a Sierra Club outing in 1966 and were married by the Rev. Berkeley Blake on a mountain top in Ojai, CA.

Ministry for Audrey was a second career. Dick, newly retired, was reluctant to become “the vicar’s wife.” He became increasingly supportive and a loyal member of UURMaPA as they managed their bi-coastal relationship for almost 14 years while Audrey served the UU Church of Savannah. Audrey returned to their home place in Santa Paula upon her retirement in 2004. The pleasure of attending the symphony and the theater enhanced their retirement years together.

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David W. Walker-Riggs

David Walker-Riggs

David Walker-Riggs

David W. Walker-Riggs, 80, husband of the Rev. Judith Walker-Riggs, died Aug. 2, 2011, after a gentle week in hospice in Las Cruces, NM. A graduate of the University of Vermont, he was a career diplomat in the Foreign Service. Having been a preacher’s kid, a diplomat and a minister’s spouse he found a role as the “loyal, ever-present right-hand man.” Thus there was no conflict or confusion about his and Judith’s roles. In retirement he enjoyed cooking and “life, love and laughter with Judith.” He described Las Cruces as the “Land of Enchantment.” The Walker-Riggs served congregations in Manhasset, NY; Cedar Rapids, IA; London, UK; Devon, PA; West Hartford, CT; Grand Rapids, MI; and El Paso, TX. Following retirement from the diplomatic service, David fulfilled his curiosity about other ways of life, working as a hardware store clerk, temporary worker for a law firm, and as a delivery driver for an international courier firm. He enjoyed being the other side of the desk for a change. He is survived by his wife and three children: Steven Riggs and James and Iain Urquhart.

The Rev. Robert R. Walsh

uurmapaThe Rev. Robert R. Walsh, 79, died on June 19, 2016.

Rev. Walsh is survived by his beloved wife, Kathleen “Kitty” Ladd Ward; daughter, Elizabeth Walsh (Bill Scott); sons, David Walsh (Debra Ann) and Nathaniel Walsh (Donyele); step children, Samuel S. Ward (Geralyn), and Anthony C. Ward (Karen); and six grandchildren. He is also survived by his former wife, Reed Walsh.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, 689 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139; or to the UUA Living Tradition Fund, PO Box 843154, Boston, MA 02284-3154.

A Memorial Service will be held on July 17, at 2:00 P.M., at First Parish (Old Ship) Church, 90 Main Street, Hingham, MA, 02043. Clergy are invited to robe and process, meeting at the Old Ship Parish House, 107 Main Street.

Notes of condolence may be sent to Robbie’s spouse, Kitty Ward, 121 Downer Ave, Hingham, MA 02043; and/or Robbie’s daughter, Beth Walsh, 14 Bertwell Road, Lexington, MA. 02420.

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

Dr. Jack Leo Ward

uurmapaDr. Jack Leo Ward, 78, husband of the Rev. Cynthia Ward, died Oct. 25, 2005. He was a psychiatrist who pioneered treatment of schizophrenics. He served in the Merchant Marines during World War II. He entered private practice in Trenton, NJ, developing expertise in orthomolecular psychiatry during its nascence in the 1960s. He contributed to two books Schizophrenia: Yours and Mine and Orthomolecular Psychiatry: Treatment of Schizophrenia, and numerous psychiatric journals. He was later Unit Chief for the Health Insurance Plan of NJ. He is survived by his wife and five children: the Rev. Mark Ward of Asheville, NC; Keith Ward of Tacoma, WA; Terry Ward of Holyoke, MA; the Rev. Lisa Ward of Havre de Grace, MD; Scott Ward of Wilmington, DE; and seven grandchildren. A service was held Nov. 5 at the UU Congregation of Greater Naples.

The Rev. Wilfrid “Fred” Walter Ward

uurmapaThe Rev. Wilfrid “Fred” Walter Ward, 74, died on his birthday, January 5, 2009, with his sons beside him. He earned a degree in Psychology at Cornell and an M.Div. a St. Lawrence University Theological School. He served churches in Lincoln, MA, Baltimore, MD and Princeton, NJ. He earned a PhD in NYU’s Family Life Education, Marriage, and Human Sexuality graduate program. He was Education Director of the Sexuality Education, Counseling and Health Program of the University Health Services at Princeton University. Fred was also an avid birder and knowledgeable ornithologist. When he was married to Betty Ward, the couple were pioneers in leading UU Couple Enrichment programs. He served the New Jersey Area Council of UU Societies as Minister of Counseling and Education and directed the UU Counseling and Education Service, until 1999 when he became ill from a stroke. A lifelong Universalist, Fred was a staunch supporter of Murray Grove Retreat and Conference Center in Lanoka Harbor, NJ. Fred is survived by his sons, Wilfrid, Jr. and David.

Claire L. Warren

uurmapaClaire L. Warren, 81, wife of the Rev. Kenneth Warren, died March 9, 2006 after a long illness. She graduated from the Vesper George School of Art in Boston, and worked as an artist with the Rust Craft Greeting Card Co. in Boston. After their marriage, the Warrens moved to Cape Cod, where he served the Unitarian Church of Barnstable and the Universalist Church of Yarmouth, and then the merged churches for 38 years. She was active in the Flower Guild Alliance, the Lothrop Guild, and the Kit’n’Kaboodle consignment shop, Boutique group and other fund-raising ventures. She worked in adult religious education and helped organize the Unitarian Fellowship of Falmouth. After Ken became an interim, she accompanied him to Canton, Sharon, Dorchester, Assinippi and Vineyard Haven, MA. She was a member of the Village Crafters, and sold her stained glass work at craft fairs. She participated in causes for peace and justice. Besides her husband, survivors include a daughter, Mary-Elizabeth Brague of Mansfield, and two granddaughters. A memorial service was held in Barnstable.

The Rev. Kenneth Roland Warren

uurmapaThe Rev. Kenneth Roland Warren, 93, died on April 16, 2016.

He is survived by his daughter Mary-Elizabeth Brague and husband David; his grandchildren Katie Wasserman and husband Dave, and Jackie Brague. He also leaves his sister-in-law Wanda Loring, and his close friend Deborah McLister, along with many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his beloved wife of 53 years, Claire (Loring) Warren

Friends and relatives are invited to attend a Celebration of Life service at 11 A.M. on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at the Unitarian Church of Barnstable, located at 3330 Main Street, Barnstable, MA 02630.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Social Justice Committee at the Unitarian Church of Barnstable.

 Notes of condolence may be sent to Mary-Elizabeth Brague and David Brague, 31 Kerry Drive, Mansfield, MA 02048. For online condolences, please visit

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

Marguerite Wilson Webb

uurmapaMarguerite Wilson Webb, wife of the Rev. Ted Webb, died July 6, 2005, of injuries from a fall. She grew up in Calais, ME, and studied music at the University of Maine and Juilliard in NY. She met her husband when she was accompanist and he sang in the chorus of Bangor Theological School. After many years in New England and New York, they moved to Sacramento where Ted served the UU Society there. She was active in church and community, Women’s Alliance and bridge clubs. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, and daughters Roberta Webb and Christine Webb-Curtis; sons Theodore and Noel; 11 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. A memorial service was held July 23 at the UU Society of Sacramento.

The Rev. Ted Webb

Ted Webb

Ted Webb

The Rev. Ted Webb, parish minister, Universalist scholar, and lifelong activist for civil rights, economic justice, and abolition of nuclear weapons, died on October 6, 2014, aged 96.

Already in his younger years, Mr. Webb actively promoted and worked for peace, justice, and public education. During a student pastorate in the little town of Sherman Mills, he organized a committee to establish a community library and “worked tirelessly on this project” throughout the remainder of his brief time there, though the vision took another fifteen years to be realized. In the 1950s he and his wife Marguerite provided sanctuary in their home to demonstrators opposing United States nuclear arms in the cold war with the Soviet Union. He spoke out against the Korean War and later counseled young men on avoiding the draft during the Vietnam War. In 1965 he traveled to Selma, Alabama, for the interfaith peace and voting rights witness that followed the infamous “Bloody Sunday” massacre. With others he went back for a month that summer to sustain an ongoing UU presence in Selma, writing that he returned north from this experience a more “confirmed progressive and committed Democratic Socialist.” In later years, during his ministry in Sacramento, Mr. Webb hosted a peace fair that drew Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern, served as president and board member of the local chapter of United Nations Association, and in 1988 received a distinguished life achievement award from California State University, Sacramento. He was still protesting at age 85 when the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003.

Ted Webb

Ted Webb

Theodore Albert Webb was born in Bangor, Maine, on 23 August 1918 to Harold and Annie Cushman Webb, but spent much of his teen years in Norway, Maine, where he contributed to family support by working in a shoe factory, rather quickly concluding that the industrial arts were not what he was cut out for. In the fall of 1938, at age twenty, he enrolled for concurrent college and ministerial studies in a program offered jointly by Bangor Theological Seminary and the University of Maine. While there he served successive student ministries in nearby towns: at the Union Congregational Church in Ellsworth Falls (1940-41), the Universalist Church of Old Town (1942-43), and the Washburn Memorial Church (Congregational, now UCC) in Sherman Mills (1943-44). Ted sang in the seminary chorus and discovered a soulmate in its pianist, Marguerite Elfreida [sic] Wilson, from nearby Calais, to whom he was married in 1943. He finished course work for his B.D. at Bangor in 1943, but the degree was contingent on completion of his baccalaureate studies. Mr. Webb moved to a pastorate at the First Universalist Church of Stafford, Conn (1944-47) and was ordained there on 22 January 1946. Meanwhile, with transfer of his undergraduate credits to the University of Connecticut, he earned a B.A. in history and government in 1948, at which time his B.D. was finally awarded.

The Rev. Mr. Webb continued in parish ministry at the First Universalist Church of Dexter (1947-51), the First Universalist (now UU) Church of Canton, New York (1951-56), and the Universalist Unitarian Church of Haverhill, Mass (1957-62). An eight-year stint as the first Executive Director of the Massachusetts Bay District of the UUA (1962-70) then intervened before he resumed parish ministry with a call to the UU Society of Sacramento, California, in 1971, where he remained until 1983 and was named Minister Emeritus in 1985. Beginning in 1984 Mr. Webb took up a series of interim ministries in Iowa City, Baltimore, Minneapolis (First Universalist), and Atlanta (Northwest) before his final retirement in 1990.

Ted Webb was committed to the wider UU movement and its public presence in a number of roles. He served many years on the UUA Program Committee and as President and Board Member of the Pacific Central District of the UUA. In conjunction with his ministry in Stafford, he founded and edited a short-lived journal, The Connecticut Universalist, an “official organ” for the Connecticut Universalist Convention. While serving the UU society in Sacramento, he spearheaded a program of lectures—The Forum—by local intellectuals, government officials, and religious leaders.

Ted Webb

Ted Webb

Ted Webb spent much of his free time researching the lives of the prominent and politically active (and mostly Universalist) Washburn family, especially Israel Washburn and his seven sons, who numbered among themselves, in the 19th century, two state governors, two U.S. senators, four congressmen, a Civil War general, an envoy to Paraguay, and an ambassador to France. He was invited to speak about this research at the UUA General Assembly in 1984 and published a preliminary sketch of it in Men of Mark: The Washburn Brothers of Maine (Boston: UU Historical Society, 1985). After retiring, the Rev. Mr. Webb collected this research more fully in two further books: Seven Sons: Millionaires and Vagabonds (Trafford Publishing, 1999) and Impassioned Brothers: Ministers Resident to France and Paraguay (University Press of America, 2002).

Ted was a world traveler, and shared this interest with his daughter, Christine. He was also an avid reader and a great communicator. He enjoyed conversing about politics and current events, and he hosted a series of such conversations in his living room. Because of the group’s growing size, it was moved to the UU Society of Sacramento, and much to his embarrassment was lovingly dubbed “Ted’s Web.”

Of her father, daughter Christine Webb-Curtis remembers: “He walked the talk. But he rarely expressed his own personal humanist convictions from the pulpit. He never wanted to impose himself on others in terms of their spiritual beliefs.

Marguerite, Ted’s wife of sixty-two years, died in 2005. Ted Webb is survived by daughters Bobbie Webb and Christine Webb-Curtis, sons Theodore Ford Webb and Noel Webb, grandchildren Rob Gilbert, Renee Cahill, Randy Gilbert, Seth Forester, Patrick Curtis, Sam Curtis, Justin Codinha, Tucker Ford Webb, Parker Ford Webb, Jessica Webb, and Alexandra Webb, six great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild, Penelope, born on Ted’s 96th birthday.

A memorial service was held 13 December 2014 by the UU Society of Sacramento. Memorial donations are encouraged to the Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento, 2425 Sierra Blvd, Sacramento, California 95825. Notes of condolence may be sent to: The Family of Ted Webb, 1137 Amberwood Road, Sacramento, Calif. 95864.

Evelyn Gerrish Weeks

uurmapaEvelyn Gerrish Weeks, 87, widow of Rev. Herbert Weeks, died in Lewiston, ME on February 9, 2009. She was a lifelong member of the First Universalist Church (Unitarian Universalist) of Auburn, ME. Evelyn held a master’s degree in education and taught business subjects for many years at the secondary and post-secondary levels. She retired in 1988. She was also involved in RE at each of her husband’s churches. She was an avid fan of the Red Sox and of competitive figure skating. Her other interests included genealogy, raising irises and knitting. As a minister’s wife, she became an accomplished interior painter as they moved from parsonage to parsonage. Her pies were much sought after at the Auburn church’s various fundraisers, and she volunteered many hours as that church’s office secretary and treasurer. She is survived by a son, Jonathan, and daughter, Arlyn.

The Rev. Herbert Gillespie Weeks

uurmapaThe Rev. Herbert Gillespie Weeks, 87, died Oct. 17, 2005, in Auburn, ME. He served congregations in Guilford-Sangerville, Westbrook, Waterville, West Paris (where he was named emeritus), and Bryant Pond, ME; and Milford and North Adams, MA. He served on the boards of the Mass. Universalist Convention, the Connecticut Valley District, the Northeast District, as advisor to LRY, and was on the faculty for Youth Weeks of Star Island and Ferry Beach. He was survived by his wife, Evelyn Gerrish Weeks and their children Arlyn H. Weeks of Portland, ME, and E. Jonathan Weeks of Waterville, ME. A service was held Oct. 21 at First Universalist Church in Auburn.

The Rev. Peter Weller

Peter Weller

Peter Weller

The Rev. Peter Weller, 81, died Jan. 22, 2008 in Fort Collins, CO. Peter received his BS in Electrical Engineering in 1948. After serving in both the U.S. Navy and Army, he decided to become a Unitarian minister. He served in Laconia, NH; Seattle, WA; Hanska, MN; Muskegan, MI; and Pittsfield, MA, where he was named minister emeritus. He served as interim in Birmingham, AL, and Bloomington, IN. Peter marched in Selma with Dr. King. He was active with the Vietnam anti-war movement and served on the board of the UN Association in Fort Collins, where he was a member of the Foothills Unitarian Church. Peter was also active in the UUMA and was a former UURMaPA Board Member. Peter married Carol Reed, who died in 1973. He married Jennie Parker in 1977. Survivors include his wife, Jennie; three daughters, Cathleen Hamilton of Oakland, NJ; Julia Smith of Fairbanks, AK; and Gretchen Weller of Fort Collins; five stepchildren, Marian Ware, Carl Hildebrandt, Janet Hildebrandt, Jay Hilt, and Lisabeth Almgren; 17 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

The Rev. Dr. Clarke Dewey Wells

Clarke Wells

Clarke Wells

The Rev. Dr. Clarke Dewey Wells, 76, died Nov. 8, 2006. He served churches in Oklahoma City; Cincinnati, OH; Portland, OR; and Newton, MA. As interim, he served in Bloomington and Muncie IN; Houston, TX; Santa Barbara, Santa Paula and San Luis Obispo, CA; Youngstown, OH; Pittsburgh, PA; and Asheville, NC. He also served in Lakeland, FL, where he was named Minister Emeritus. Author of four books of poetry and well-known essays, His reputation as a dynamic preacher and an excellent teacher led to many requests for these services following his retirement in 1995. He served on the Board of Trustees for Meadville Lombard and as adjunct faculty and chaplain. He was a special lecturer at Starr King. In 1977 gave the sermon at the Service of the Living Tradition at GA in Boston. He also served on the Commissions on Appraisal, the Free Church and Common Worship. He was Vice President of the UUMA (following merger in 1961). An avid athlete, he played football in high school and college; he was an enthusiastic snorkeler, handball, and tennis player. He marched with Dr. King in 1965, and was with his colleague, James Reeb, and his wife, Marie, at a hospital in Birmingham, AL, when Rev. Reeb died. Clarke is survived by his sons, Jared St. John Wells of Tucson, AZ and Garde MacKenzie Wells of Eugene, OR; as well as his wife and companion, Barbara Carlson.

Rollene Sumner Wells

Rollene Sumner Wells

Rollene Sumner Wells

Rollene Sumner Wells died peacefully at her home in Richmond, Virginia on November 28, 2016.

Rollene Sumner Wells was the second daughter of George and Stella Sumner. Raised during the Depression in Georgia (where her kinfolk had lived for generations), she learned progressive values from her hard-working parents who supported FDR and the New Deal. She was a popular girl in school who loved to dance and have fun. She also valued education and was the first in her family to go to a four-year college, graduating in 1949 from Georgia State College for Women.

In 1948 she met the love of her life, John M. Wells, who swept her off her feet and married her on June 19, 1949. They began a rich life that included a stint in the Air Force, when John served in the Judge Advocate Corps (JAG) in Morocco, which was a life-changing event for both of them. Upon their return to the states, they found themselves unable to live in the segregated Deep South any more and so made their home in Northern Virginia.

It was there they found the most important institution of their lives, the Unitarian Universalist Church, and they joined the Unitarian congregation in Arlington, VA in 1957. When John decided to become a minister, Rollene bravely adjusted not only to accompanying him (with four daughters) to seminary in upstate Canton, NY, but also to being a minister’s spouse. She became a leader in the church in her own right, serving on the board of the UU Women’s Federation and supporting many liberal causes throughout her long life.

Rollene was an excellent teacher and after giving birth to her daughters she returned to education as a high school teacher both near Canton and then in a long stint with foreign students in Fairfax County, VA. She loved that work and taught many non-English speakers to appreciate English poetry, drama and literature.

She was also an excellent musician who played piano and sang, but preferred to dance and listen, particularly to great jazz and classical pianists. She seldom went more than an hour without humming or singing some catchy tune and taught her children and grandchildren to love music. And she was a big lover of animals, particularly dogs and, in her later years, cats. Her longhaired tuxedo JJ will miss her terribly.

After John’s death in 1988, Rollene went through a difficult period that ultimately led her, at age 70, to find community with the Friends of Bill. Sobriety was a great blessing and she was an active inspiration to others who struggled to get sober later in life. As one family member put it, “Rollene was always kind and good but when she got sober she became wise.” Her gracious and friendly presence enriched so many others, including family, friends, the AA community and her congregation, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond.

Rollene and John had four daughters together, Karen (husband David Weissbard and daughter Hilary); Brooksie (son John and daughter Julie Bridstrup); Mary (husband David Markham and step-daughter Nicole Poegl); and Barbara (husband Jaco ten Hove). Rollene was extraordinarily proud of all of them and especially enjoyed her last years living in Mary’s home.

Exactly one year before her death, Rollene made a commitment to share her life with beloved companion Wayne Moyer, who was also an active Unitarian Universalist. Their shared faith was a comfort to them both.

Rollene kept on dancing even into her final weeks, and died at home of heart disease surrounded by love. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

A memorial service to celebrate her life and mourn her death took place on Friday, Dec. 30, at the UU Church of Richmond, VA (1000 Blanton Ave, Richmond VA 23221). Donations may be sent to The First UU Church of Richmond.

Notes of condolence may be sent to: Wayne Moyer P.O. Box 579, Norge, VA 23127; Karen Wells, 169 Sykes, Canton, NY 13617; Brooksie Wells, 270 Alexandria Pike, Warrenton, VA 20186; Mary Wells, 240 Avebury Dr., North Chesterfield, VA 23236; or Barbara W. ten Hove, 654 Madison Ave. N, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110.

The Rev. James “Jim” R. Wentz

uurmapaThe Rev. James “Jim” R. Wentz, 79, died on August 5, 2014.

Jim is survived by his daughter, Lisa Medley (Roger Medley); son, Nicholas Wentz (Lori Wentz); sister, Lucille Wentz; former wife, Sara Angus; and grandchildren, Nicholas Wentz Jr., Shayla Wentz, and Miles Medley.

A memorial service will be held on November 1, 2014 at 1:00 P.M., at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock, 48 Shelter Rock Road, Manhasset, NY 11030.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to UNICEF (

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

The Rev. Frances E. McQuarie West

uurmapaThe Rev. Frances E. McQuarie West, 75, died March 15, 2007, of complications from pneumonia. Frances was led to her ministry through lay leadership at the UU Congregation Atlanta with the encouragement of Rev. Eugene Pickett. She served as Chaplain in the Emory University Hospital, and congregations in Winder, GA; Raleigh, NC; Gwinnet, Decatur, Atlanta and Marietta, GA; where she was named Emeritus in 1995. She was an advocate for hospice care. She was survived by her husband Bill West; their children Jean Alhadeff, Aran, Nina and Todd West. A memorial service was held May 19, 2007 at the UU Congregation of Marietta, GA, led by her son Todd West, president of the UU Congregation of the Shoals in Florence, AL.

William “Billy” West

uurmapaWilliam “Billy” West, 89, of Atlanta, who died on December 20, 2011. He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, the Rev. Frances McQuarie West. He is survived by his daughters, Jean Alhadeff of Atlanta, Nina West (Steve Addison) of Atlanta, and Aran West of Syracuse, New York; son, Todd West (Rebecca) of Florence, Alabama, and 6 grandchildren. Billy was born and raised in McCurtain, Oklahoma. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force 1943-1945, earned a BS degree from the University of Oklahoma and served in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Public Health Service. He earned his MA/Mycology from Vanderbilt University, and worked as Research Mycologist for CDC, U.S. Public Health Service, Atlanta until 1956. He was a microbiologist for CDC in Atlanta from 1961 to 1972, earning his PhD in Microbiology from the University of Oklahoma in 1962 retiring in 1972. He and his wife then attended Georgia State University earning masters degrees in Community Counseling. Bill and his family were long time members of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, 1911 Cliff Valley Way NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30329. Donations may be made in lieu of flowers to the William Joseph West Endowment fund, c/o: Eastern Oklahoma State Foundation, 1301 W. Main, Wilburton, Oklahoma 74578 or to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, 1911 Cliff Valley Way NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30329.

The Rev. Dr. Carl J. Westman

uurmapaThe Rev. Dr. Carl J. Westman, 93, died October 14, 2004 of congestive heart failure. He served in Gloucester, MA; Bridgeport, CT; Rochester, NY; Plainfield, NJ; Lakeland (Emeritus), Naples and Port Charlotte, FL. He was District Executive for Metropolitan New York and a Settlement Representative for Florida District. He spoke out forcefully in protection of the first amendment freedoms during the McCarthy era. He was also active in the civil rights movement. Surviving are his children, Marjorie A. Yasueda of San Francisco, CA; John W. Westman of Atlantic Beach, FL; and William W. Westman of Brasilia, Brazil, 14 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. A daughter, Janet Newton predeceased him in 2003.

Mary Weston-Jones

Mary Weston-Jones

Mary Weston-Jones

Mary Weston-Jones, 70, wife of the Rev. Dick Weston-Jones, died peacefully at home December 11, 2010, after fighting breast cancer for 13 years. She was an elementary school counselor in Illinois and Florida, and a high school vocational counselor in California. In 1968 she was expelled from her Southern Baptist Church in Starkville, MS for asking the pastor if black people could be invited to worship with them. That led to her becoming UU four years later in State College, PA, where she married Dick. She showed tremendous courage during her illness, which never went into remission; she outlived all predictions. She arranged for infusion therapy at various hospitals as she and Dick traveled widely during the past 12 years. Her last trip was in October to the ocean. She drove the Virginia Beach boardwalk in her power wheelchair and savored her favorite food, deep-fried oysters. She is survived by her husband, Dick, by six children, two foster children and 21 grandchildren.

The Rev. Arnold Farrow Westwood

Arnold Westwood

Arnold Westwood

The Rev. Arnold Farrow Westwood, 88, of Windsor, MA, died August 16, 2009 from injuries sustained in a fall. Educated at the University of California, Berkeley, and Tufts, Arnold served churches in IL, CT and OH. In Cleveland he worked with colleagues to ease racial tensions of the late 1960’s. Arnold vigorously opposed the Vietnam War and served as a clergy abortion counselor. After his retirement in 1984, Arnold and his wife, Carolyn, operated a small B & B in their Berkshire (MA) farm home. They made maple syrup and blueberry pancakes for family and visitors. And he continued his long, active association with Rowe Camp & Conference Center. His daughter recalls Arnold reading Charlotte’s Web to his own children, to grandchildren and school children. A very social person, his favorite church auction donation was hosting dinner parties. He relished desserts — especially chocolate — and made peach ice cream the week before he died. And he was a fine carpenter. Survivors include his children John, Hal and Jefferson Westwood, Phoebe Bushway; seven grandchildren and his dear friend of recent years, Mary Hale.

The Rev. Dr. Horace Frederick Westwood

uurmapaThe Rev. Dr. Horace Frederick Westwood, 93, died August 28, 2004, of complications from a hip injury. He served in West Bridgewater, Somerville. Fairhaven and Brewster, MA; Houston, TX (emeritus); Woodstock and Hartland Four Corners, VT; Summit, NJ; St. Paul, MN; Victoria, BC; Annapolis, MD; and Schenectady, NY. He was a chaplain with the US Marine Corps in World War II, a Lieutenant Commander, in the South Pacific. He served on the UUA Board of Trustees, Ministerial Fellowship Committee, and New Hampshire-Vermont District. Survivors include a brother, Rev. Arnold F. Westwood of Cummington, MA; a daughter-in-law, Teresa Westwood-Smith of Atlanta, GA; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife of 66 years, Virginia Wallis Boyd Westwood in 2002.

Ann Warren Wheat

uurmapaAnn Warren Wheat, 80, wife of the Rev. Donald H. Wheat, died Sept. 14, 2015 in South Haven, MI. Born on Jan. 31, 1935 in Leipsic, OH, she was the daughter of Ferdinand and Theo Warren. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1957, the same year she married Don Wheat. They lived in Rensselaer, IN, and then for more than 50 years in the communities of Austin and Oak Park, IL.

Ann studied at the American Conservatory of Music and taught piano to Oak Parkers for 40 years. She was also a longtime community volunteer with the League of Women Voters, the Chicago Area Music Teachers Association, and Chicago’s Third Unitarian Church.

She formerly lived in Oak Park and Chicago’s Austin neighborhood and more recently South Haven, MI.  She retired to South Haven in 2013 and most recently volunteered with the American Association of University Women and the South Haven Performance Series. She loved swimming, birds, the outdoors, and sharing her love of nature with her many friends, her children, and her grandsons.

“Ann was a role model for love of family, friends, children, adults, and humanity in general, and also for grace in aging and dying,” said fellow piano teacher Betsy Davis. “She will be both missed and celebrated.”

Ann Wheat is survived by her husband, Don; her children, Mark (Montse), Andrew (Julia) and Sarah (Tim); her grandsons, Micah, Emerson, Nicholas, Foster and Cormac; and her siblings, Kathy and Bill.

A memorial service was held at Third Unitarian Church in Chicago on Sept. 19. Long-time family friends, the Rev. Fred Muir of Annapolis and the Rev. Kent Matthies of Philadelphia officiated.

The service included a Schubert Impromptu, a Chopin Etude, a selection from Bach’s “Goldberg Variations,” and the hymns “All Creatures Great and Small,” and “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee.”

Donations may be made in Ann’s memory to the Sarett Nature Center, or Alliance for the Great Lakes,, or to PING to promote Oak Park music education,

Arrangements were handled by Filibrandt Family Funeral Home at 269-637-0333 and

Condolences may be sent to Don Wheat, 77338 Pinewood Ln., South Haven, MI 29090.

The Rev. Dr. Farley W. Wheelwright

uurmapaThe Rev. Dr. Farley W. Wheelwright, 99, died on February 27, 2016.

He is survived by three daughters and two sons: Delia Moon; Cindi Harnicher; Barbara Kafka; John Kafka; and Tom Kafka.

A celebration of Farley’s life was held on Sunday, March 20, from 3:00 to 5:00 P.M. at Casa de la Noche/Casa de Besos, Organos 17, San Miguel de Allende, GTO, 37700, Mexico.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Escuela de Educacion Especial ( and/or to Jovenes Adelante (

Condolences may be sent to Delia Moon at 303 Mesa Lane, Santa Barbara, CA 93109.

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

Virginia Wheelwright

Virginia Wheelwright

Virginia Wheelwright

Virginia Wheelwright, 91, wife of the Rev. Farley Wheelwright, December 3, 2011 at home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Her first husband was a geophysicist. When he died suddenly, she moved their three young children from the Canary Islands to Europe and then back to the U.S., ending up in Cleveland. There she met and married Farley Wheelwright. They enjoyed four decades of a remarkable and productive partnership. At age 80 she helped to found Jóvenes Adelante, to encourage and pay for bright high school students to go on to universities. The program now has more than 90 students involved in some 30 universities all over Mexico. And 30 graduates now work in the careers of their choosing. Virginia’s work has made a lasting difference in many lives. She will be long remembered for her inquisitive mind and sense of humor. Virginia is survived by her husband, Farley, her children Barbara Kafka, Delia Moon and Cindy Harnichar, and John and Tom Kafka, ten grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren.

Donna McWain White

Donovan and Donna White

Donna and Donovan White

Donna McWain White, 80, wife of the Rev. Donovan White, died May 15, 2010 in Albany, NY. A native of Greensburg, PA, she was a graduate of Lakewood High School in Lakewood, Ohio. She also attended the Rochester School of Commerce, St Lawrence University and Kings College. Donna taught English in Erie, PA, and Montville, OH. She later worked as the assistant librarian for Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner, MA. In 1949, she married Donovan E. White. In their 60 years together, Donna served as a minister’s wife for 31 years. She was a great reader, seamstress and friend to all. She also was an accomplished oil painter. Donna was preceded in death by her parents, her son, Samuel D. White and her brother, James McWain.

The Rev. Donovan E. White

Donovan and Donna White

Donna and Donovan White

The Rev. Donovan E. White, 83, passed away peacefully Dec. 30, 2011 at home in Gloversville, NY. He served his country proudly in the U.S. Air Force. He later re-enlisted and served as an Air Force chaplain in Biloxi, MS. He was a member of the Gloversville VFW. He was a graduate of the University of Delaware, the University of Rochester, Colgate-Rochester, and Western Reserve University in Cleveland. He taught college at Lake Erie-Ohio. Donovan served our churches in Erie, PA; Templeton, MA; and Ft. Plain, NY. After retiring from his ministry to the Ft. Plain Universalist congregation, he started Donovan’s Upholstery, in Mayfield, NY. He was a disciplined man, loving new ideas and never hesitating to challenge himself and others. He was a great conversationalist and an avid reader, walker and swimmer. He enjoyed classical music and baking bread. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 60 years, Donna McWain White; their son, Samuel White; and his brother, Harold W. White. Survivors include his daughter, Jennifer Millett, her husband Fred, seven grandchildren, two great-grandsons, a brother, Ernest D. White; a sister, Medora Venneman, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Gertrude “Trudi” Burtless Widrick

Trudi Widrick

Trudi Widrick

Gertrude “Trudi” Burtless Widrick, 86, wife of the Rev. Dr. Eugene (Woody) R. Widrick, died May 18, 2013. As a young woman she attended the Universalist Church in Cortland, NY, then served by Jim and Jane Hunt. Jane introduced Trudi to Woody, a young catalog librarian from Cortland State University, while Jim urged Woody to join the ministry. When the couple married, Woody began studies at Crane Theological School at Tufts. Trudi worked at Beacon Press and later in Tufts Accounting Department. The couple served four congregations and then settled in Carlisle, MA, where she worked for 16 years as payroll supervisor and managed the bosses’ mail at Assurance Technology, a high tech company in town. The Widricks served First Religious Society of Carlisle (MA) for 24 years. Trudi was a good listener, a caring presence and a lay minister as needed.

Despite her long hours, Trudi took pride in perfecting her lemon meringue pie recipe. She enjoyed playing bridge, traveling, and dining monthly with the Beautiful Ladies Lunch Bunch. She loved Agatha Christie mysteries, liked to knit and do crosswords. A skilled origami practitioner, she loved cats and was devoted to her dachshund, Hexenhammer. She also liked to collect autumn leaves. Her family says she detested chickens because of having to collect eggs as a child on a farm.

She was predeceased her foster daughter, Pam Harrington. She is survived by her son, Nathan; daughter-in-law Allison; and daughter, Nancie Salguero; by four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Notes may go to Eugene Widrick, 11 Porter St., Billerica, MA 01821.

The Rev. John “Jack” Wilkinson, III

uurmapaThe Rev. John “Jack” Wilkinson, III, 84, died on October 22, 2012. Rev. Wilkinson was born in Syracuse, NY on July 24, 1928 to Mary Leavenworth (Van Duyn) Wilkinson and John Wilkinson, Jr. He attained his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Miami in 1951. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War. Later, in 1964, he received a Bachelor of Divinity from St. Lawrence University Theological School.

Rev. Wilkinson was called to the Second Universalist Church of Weymouth, MA in 1964 (where he was also ordained on October 11, 1964) and served as the minister there until 1968. He was then called to the Unitarian Universalist Church in Chattanooga, TN from 1968-1976. Lastly, he served as interim minister at St. Paul’s Universalist Church in Little Falls, NY from 1989-1990. He retired from the ministry in 1990.

Rev. Wilkinson’s denominational activities included his work in 1965 on the Family Summer Institute Planning Committee in Ferry Beach, NH; his position as Chairman of the Religious Arts Committee for the Ballou-Channing District; his work as an advisor to the Liberal Religious Youth Spring Conference in Lynn, MA; the position of Chairman of the Arts Committee for the Thomas Jefferson District; and as Treasurer of the Southeast Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association. He also participated in the historic civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, AL.

Rev. Wilkinson was a social activist who made a sincere investment in his communities by serving as President of the Chattanooga chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union; as a board member of the Executive Committee, and Treasurer of the Tennessee Civil Liberties Union; and as a member of the Religious Committee of the Chattanooga Bicentennial Commission.

Many people knew that Rev. Wilkinson was also an artist. He was actively involved in theatre throughout his life as an actor and playwright. He played roles in Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, The Diary of Anne Frank, Death of a Salesman, and Blithe Spirit, to name just a few. He also conceived and developed a few one-man pieces containing the works of Jorge Luis Borges, Robert Frost, and Rudyard Kipling.

Known as a “guy with a heart of gold,” an acquaintance described Rev. Wilkinson as “direct, but sensitive in drawing individuals out…He could be a bit crusty in style, but it was apparent that he had a caring heart, an open mind, and a profound concern for justice.”

Rev. Wilkinson is survived by daughter, Heather Hope Wilkinson; son, John Wilkinson, IV; son, Wells Gilliam Wilkinson; sister, Hope Wilkinson Cushman; brother Edward Van Duyn Wilkinson; and grandchildren, Maretta Hope Dewitt and John Wilkinson, V.

A memorial service took place on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 3 p.m. at the Unitarian Fellowship of Huntington, 619 Sixth Ave., Huntington, WV 25701.

Notes of condolence may be sent to John Wilkinson, IV at 1046 Monroe Ave., Huntington, WV 25704.

The Rev. Dr. Joseph C. Williamson

Joseph Williamson

Joseph Williamson

The Rev. Dr. Joseph C. Williamson, 75, husband of the Rev. Donna DiSciullo, died of heart failure on June 7, 2008, after a prolonged battle against Alzheimer’s disease. He served as Princeton University’s dean of religious life and dean of the chapel from 1989 to 2001, He earned his bachelor’s degree from Eastern Nazarene College, his bachelor of divinity degree from Nazarene Theological Seminary, his master’s degree from Andover Newton Theological School, and his Ph.D. from Harvard. He served as pastor and co-pastor of the federated Presbyterian and Congregationalist Church of the Covenant in Boston. He also was a member of the faculty at Boston University from 1973 to 1983. He was active in the Seattle community — particularly on issues of the day including AIDS and anti-Contra support — and served as senior minister of the Plymouth Congregational Church, United Church of Christ. He is survived by his wife, two sons, two daughters, two grandchildren, a brother and a sister. His middle son, Clayton, preceded him in death.

The Rev. Arthur D. Wilmot

uurmapaThe Rev. Arthur D. Wilmot, parish minister, opponent of the nuclear arms race, and lifelong advocate for peace and justice, died at his home in Corvallis, Oregon on August 6, 2013, aged 75, after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Devoted to the worth and equality of all people and the right of each person to seek his/her own truth, Art strove to make these principles realities in everyone’s life. Actively supporting equal rights for women, he worked against sexism and racism as well as anti-Semitism and other forms of hatred. He was active in the civil rights movement, involved with the march in Selma, Alabama, and with promotion of voter registration in Mississippi, and looked back on this time feeling greatly honored to have met Martin Luther King, Jr., and C.T. Vivian.

Arthur Dean Wilmot, the only child of Dean Arthur Wilmot and Evelyn Cecil (Getty) Wilmot, was born on August 17, 1937, in Port Angeles, Washington, where his love of golf began while caddying for his father. Later, when the family moved to a home on the Cedar River southeast of Seattle, Art developed a passion for fly fishing. After graduation from Seattle’s Franklin High School and while a student at the University of Washington, he was attending a local Presbyterian church whose conservative minister preached one morning about the theological failings of the nearby Unitarian church. Art decided to hear for himself and found that he agreed with the Unitarians more than with the Presbyterians. Meanwhile, in 1956 and still in college, Art married Jean Kroenlein, with whom he had three children. After taking a B.A. in 1959, he went off to Tufts University, earning his B.D. (later M.Div.) there in 1962.

Beginning professional ministry in 1962 with the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Chico, California, and ordained there on February 17, 1963, Mr. Wilmot served that congregation until 1968, followed by a three-year ministry at the First Unitarian Church of Victoria, B.C. Art and Jean divorced in 1971, and over the next eight years he turned to a counseling ministry, first in the addiction field, then with families, and finally as a crisis counselor with the Police Department in London, Ontario, whither he had moved with his three children. It was there in 1975 that he met and married Heather Stevens. Mr. Wilmot returned to parish ministry in 1979 with one-year terms of service successively at the UU Fellowship of Corvallis, Oregon, and the UU Congregation of Binghamton, New York, and then a permanent call back to the Corvallis Fellowship in 1981.

Soon after Art’s return to Corvallis, he began a deep and lasting friendship with Art Morgan, a Disciples minister, who recalled a Corvallis clergy meeting at which a Presbyterian colleague referred to the two of them as “the liberal Arts.” The label stuck, and they would occasionally use it to sign joint letters to the editor of the local paper. This “other Art” recalled Art Wilmot’s laughter and humor, the giant picture of Michael Jordan on his wall, and his one-time passion in earlier years for cigars and Cadillacs.

The Rev. Mr. Wilmot served in Corvallis for fifteen years until retirement in 1996 and was then named Minister Emeritus. With a keen sense of how congregations shape ministers, told his Corvallis parishioners in a farewell sermon (May, 1996) that “because of you, I shall never be the same.” His nearby colleague in Salem, Rick Davis, recalled Art’s exemplary service as a Good Officer for the PNWD-UUMA chapter and his “sly sense of humor.” In retirement he said, “Now I know why they call these the ‘golden years’—it takes a lot of gold to retire.”

Art Morgan remembered their last meeting at a service at the Corvallis Fellowship: “When I saw Heather wheeling him in, I came from the podium to share a warm greeting. He couldn’t speak, due to advanced Parkinson’s, but there was joy and friendship in our meeting. I heard someone whisper, ‘There are the liberal Arts.’” By way of blessing on Art’s death, the “other Art’ wrote: “May the Great Spirit of honest heretics and infamous liberals be with us all.”

Art Wilmot is survived by his wife of 38 years, Heather Stevens, three children, Pamela Condick, Deana McNee (both of Kitchener, Ontario) and Jon A. Wilmot (of Corvallis), 15 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. His life was remembered and celebrated in a memorial service on September 15, 2013, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis.

Notes of condolence may be sent to Heather Wilmot, c/o Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis, 2945 Northwest Circle Boulevard, Corvallis, Oregon, 97330.

The Rev. Dr. Prescott B. Wintersteen

uurmapaThe Rev. Dr. Prescott B. Wintersteen, 92, died June 9, 2005. He was the son of Unitarian minister Roy Brown Wintersteen. He served congregations in Marblehead, Milton, Salem, and Stoughton, MA. The First Parish in Milton named him Minister Emeritus in 1976. He served as a Navy chaplain from 1941 to 1961. At one time, he was on the bridge of the USS Augusta with General George Patton at the invasion of North Africa. His articles appeared in Journal of Liberal Religion, the Christian Register, and Navy publications. He was the author of Christology in American Unitarianism. Surviving are his children, Prescott Jr. of Pittsburgh, PA; Wendy Wintersteen Girdosky of Tucson, AZ; Jeremy of Boston; and six grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wives Dorothy (Down) Wintersteen and Sheila (Mills-Storey) Wintersteen.

The Rev. Robert Sumner Wolley

Robert Wolley

Robert Wolley

The Rev. Robert Sumner Wolley, 82, died Dec 25, 2009. As a student at Tufts he suffered a paralyzing back injury. He was told he might never walk again. He not only walked but had brief baseball and hockey careers and sailed on the Great Lakes. He went on to earn undergraduate and graduate degrees at St. Lawrence University. In addition to his years in the UU ministry he was a high school English teacher. He enjoyed golfing and won several tournaments as a member of the Woods Hole Golf Club Throughout his life he had a passion for writing. He published several books and poems. He recently worked to help people publish books devoted to helping seniors find love again. Marilyn J. Wolley, his wife of 46 years, died in 1995. He is survived by their children Cheryl, Andrea and Charles, two grandchildren and a brother.

Pauline Rendall Woodman

Pauline Woodman

Pauline Woodman

Pauline Rendall Woodman, 73, wife of the Rev. Richard M. Woodman, died February 27, 2012 in Dover, NH. She spent her early years in Cambridge MA and in Milton, NH. She attended U. Mass. and then married John Rosado. They settled in McLean, VA where she raised her family. Pauline was an active leader at the Unitarian Church of Arlington, VA and the regional denominational association. In 1984 she wed the Rev. Richard M. Woodman. They bought a house in Dover, NH. For more than a decade they traveled together to a number of communities in the Northeast while Dick served as interim minister to nine UU churches there. Following retirement, they returned to Dover and Pauline turned her attention to homemaking and doing extensive research on family history; she discovered that she and Dick were cousins, sharing several 17th century ancestors. She is survived by her husband; her son Jeffrey Rosado, his wife and stepson; by a granddaughter; by her daughter, Janet Rosado, her husband and their children; and her brother, Skip Rendall.

Amy Worthley

uurmapaAmy Worthley, widow the Rev. Evans Worthley, is reported to have died in 2004, in Sterling, CO.

The Rev. Samuel Anthony Wright

uurmapaThe Rev. Samuel Anthony Wright, 97, died on July 24, 2016.

He is survived by his wife, Donna (Lee) Wright, and his four children: Chip, Patricia, Bill and Roberta.

 Memorial services will be held in Arizona later this year.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to help maintain Rev. Wright’s Arctic wilderness home Koviashuvik and sent to Rev. Chip Wright, 1705 Sarkesian Dr., Petaluma, CA 94954. Condolences may be sent to Donna Lee Wright, PO Box 1315, Sonoita, AZ 85637.

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

The Rev. Robert James Wrigley

Bob Wrigley

Bob Wrigley

The Rev. Robert James Wrigley, 75, died April 25, 2011 by his own act, after years of chronic pain. He acted in fear of increased pain and diminished personal autonomy. Bob described himself as a peace monger, social activist, trade unionist, and —he imagined—a stone mason. Born in Albany, NY, he gained a reputation for being very outspoken, losing his post as junior minister in Providence, RI, when he was reported to have compared Castro to Christ. He left the US and went on to serve First Unitarian in Toronto, ON and then First Unitarian in Edmonton, AB. He next worked as subsistence farmer on his quarter-section in Peers, AB. He is survived by his wife, Naomi Rankin, and their daughters Katherine Malka Wrigley and Elsa Magdalena Wrigley, and his two daughters from his first marriage, Elizabeth “Lise” Anne Wrigley and Jessica Susan Machado (Celso), two grandchildren, and his “twin” sister Susan Jane Pearson. He was predeceased by his grandchildren, Maya Tello-Wrigley and Flora Machado. He was a member of the Edmonton Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. He leaves us with these remarks: “The highest form of bliss comes from living with a certain degree of folly” – Erasmus. And finally, “That’s all she wrote.”

Harriet Ruth Wyman

Harriet Wyman

Harriet Wyman

Harriet Ruth Wyman, 92, widow of the Rev. Gerald K. Wyman, died March 26, 2011 in Torrance, CA. The Wymans had served Universalist congregations in Canton, Waterville and Caribou, ME, and the UU Church of Greater Lansing, MI. Her husband died in 1970. Harriet worked for the Attorney General’s Section of the Michigan Department of Transportation for 24 years, retiring as an office manager. After retiring in 1984, she enjoyed square dancing, swimming, walking and the company of her friends. She was a very loving mother to her son and daughter. Her son died in 1985, after a 20-year battle with multiple sclerosis. In 2003, she moved to California to be near her daughter and family.

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The Rev. Dayton Theodore Yoder

uurmapaThe Rev. Dayton Theodore Yoder, 100, died August 9, 2006. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Garrett Theological Seminary, and a masters degree at Drew University. In 1933 he received preliminary fellowship, with final fellowship on January 19, 1933. He served at Montpelier, VT, until 1938, then at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane, WA. He worked for the UUA from 1961-1970. His life partner Lucille Bursch died just three months after his death. He is survived by his daughter Nancy Yoder of Ashland, OR and his son Richard Yoder of Boston, MA. A memorial service was held at the Spokane church.

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Marie A. Zoerheide

uurmapaMarie A. Zoerheide, 88, wife of the Rev. Jack D. Zoerheide, died June 24, 2010, in Windsor, VT. The couple served congregations in Keene, NH; Braintree, MA; Ft. Myers, FL; and Tarpon Springs, FL. She is survived by her husband.