The Rev. Dr. Richard “Dick” Lovett Allen

The Rev. Dr. Richard “Dick” Lovett Allen died on October 22, 2017 at the age of 93.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years Lois Allen; children Bruce Klickstein, Laura Crowder, Robin Klickstein, and Joe Allen; grandchildren Crystal Allen, Maile Allen, Emily Hunt, Kristina Koberg, Cameron Ito, Grace Bancroft, and Joe Bancroft; and 5 greatgrandchildren, with another on the way. He was predeceased by his first wife Emma Lou.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the UU Society for Ministerial Relief, c/o the Rev. Dr. David Hubner, 192 Boston Post Road #29, Sudbury, MA 01776.

A memorial service is being planned for the near future, to take place at the UU Fellowship of San Luis Obispo County, 2201 Lawton Ave, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.

Notes of condolence can be sent to 1691 Seabright Ave., Grover Beach, CA 93433.

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

The Rev. Homer “Jerry” A. Goddard III

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

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

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

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

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

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

Helen Rice Pickett

Helen Pickett

Helen Pickett

Helen Rice Pickett, 88, the spouse of Reverend O. Eugene Pickett, died October 4 2017. After living with Alzheimer’s disease for seven years, her death at home was peaceful, with her husband and three daughters at her bedside.

Helen was born in Durban, Natal, South Africa, in 1929, one of four children of Congregational missionaries.  During the Great Depression, she lived in a series of small towns in Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Oregon where her father served as minister.

Helen graduated from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington in 1950, where she majored in biology and minored in music – both of which remained important in her life. She then attended the Chicago Theological Seminary at the University of Chicago where she met ministerial student Eugene Pickett, whom she married in 1952.

Gene and Helen went on to serve churches in the South during the Civil Rights Era including Miami, Florida; Richmond, Virginia where daughters Ann, Martha and Emily were born; and Atlanta, Georgia.

After 20 years in the South, the family relocated to the Boston area where Helen worked at Wellesley College and Gene became Director of Ministerial Education at the denominational headquarters. During this time, she was an ardent member of the Cecilia Society, one of the oldest choral groups in Boston, singing soprano and serving as its president for two years.

In 1979 Gene became Unitarian Universalist Association president and Helen became an integral part of his presidency. They traveled extensively both at home and abroad, and she is remembered for her hospitality, welcoming others who were far from home on holidays to the president’s house. When Gene became minister of the Church of the Larger Fellowship in 1986 Helen joined the staff as well, and served on the CLF board. It was at this time that Helen was appointed to the UUA’s Hymnbook Commission.  This six-year project produced Singing the Living Tradition.

After retiring in 1991, Helen and Gene moved to Cape Cod. While in retirement, she edited Rejoice Together and co-edited For All That Is Our Life for Skinner House press and remained active in the League of Women Voters and her local UU church.

Notes of condolence may be sent to the Rev. O. Eugene Pickett, 912 Main Street, #201, Chatham, MA  02633-2746.

The Rev. Donald William McKinney

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Rev. Robert “Bob” Nelson West

The Rev. Robert “Bob” Nelson West, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association from 1969 to 1977, died on September 27, 2017 at the age of 88.

He is survived by children Robert Jr., Charles, Thomas (Amy), and Mary Catherine Pinto (Josh); grandchildren Lila and George West, and Lily and Oliver Pinto; grandchild Phoebe; and sister Rilla Krebbs. He was predeceased by wife of 65 years Nancy.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lynchburg College, 1501 Lakeside Dr., Lynchburg, VA 24501.

A memorial service is being planned; details will be released as they become available.

Notes of condolence can be sent to Thomas West, West88@verizon.net.

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

The Rev. Dr. John Burton Wolf

The Rev. Dr. John Burton Wolf died on September 19, 2017 at the age of 92.

He is survived by wife of 65 years Barbara N. Hudgins Wolf, son John David Wolf (Anita Jacobson Wolf) and daughter Catherine Elizabeth Wolf, grandson Aaron Michael Wolf-Johnson (Kayla Wolf-Johnson); and great-granddaughter Willow Rose Wolf-Johnson.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the John B. Wolf Memorial Fund, c/o All Souls Unitarian Church, 2952 S. Peoria Ave, Tulsa, OK 74114. The memorial fund will be distributed based on Rev. Dr. Wolf’s wishes and the wishes of his family.

A memorial service was planned on September 25, 2017 at All Souls Unitarian Church (address above).

Notes of condolence can be sent to the family at All Souls Unitarian Church (address above).

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