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Welcome to 1960's Class Notes page. Here you will find news from your classmates as it was submitted in the late summer of 2008 for publication in Spectrum 2009.

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Notes from 2008


Since leaving YDS in 1960, Jim Deitz ’60 S.T.M. served congregations of the United Church of Christ in Ohio, most recently in Columbus and Amherst. He has been quite active in the Ohio Conference, and the Academy of Parish Clergy. A sabbatical leave in 1979 included an exchange pastorate in Folkestone, UK, at the United Reformed Church there. Jim stays active since his retirement from parish ministry 15 years ago, now serving in pastoral care and preaching part time, at the Avon Lake United Church of Christ west of Cleveland, OH. On a hunch Jim wrote a letter to Paul Minear shortly before his death, and he treasures Minear’s eloquent reply, perhaps one of his very last letters. Paul Minear, H. Richard Niebuhr, Browne Barr, and Brevard Childs were among the giants still teaching in 1959-60.

Lawrence C. Foard ’60 B.D. was ordained in 1960 and then was pastor for Shenkel United Church of Christ, Pottstown, PA until 1963. Lawrence has been married to Judith Alleen Palmer since 1961. He received a M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. from Temple University. He was a member of the Department of Philosophy (and union activist) at Westfield State College, Westfield, MA from 1966-96 and is now professor emeritus. Lawrence has enjoyed, and continues to enjoy, teaching undergraduates, a task for which YDS did much to prepare him.


Still active with Literacy and Evangelism International, Joan Timmins Lovekin ’60 B.D. and husband Al recently helped with the writing of two literacy primers in African languages, one in southern Ethiopia, the other in a mountain village of northeast Uganda. She writes, “Africa is still in our blood!” Here in the States they enjoy volunteer work at Atlantic City Rescue Mission, church, Amnesty International, their four children, their spouses, and six grandchildren, scattered from New Mexico to Rhode Island.


Janet Parsons Mackey ’60 B.D. retired in Virginia last year, moving from Massachusetts to live near her son Steven and family (Olga, and two young Russian-born bi-lingual grandchildren – her delight). Happily, son Eric is also nearby. From 1960 Janet worked in urban and suburban parishes. Since 1985 she has served as a UCC intentional interim minister; she stayed in her home, fostered friendships and enjoyed the challenge of differing ministry settings. Janet made many trips to France, Russia and India.                         

Frank Mark ’60 B.D. and his wife have found their retirement stimulating and enjoyable. They’ve had substantial involvement with the UCC, both locally and statewide and have both have been an integral part of the Florida State chapter of YMCA retirees. Being the father of two married children and the grandfather of four has made his life much more complete. They’ve been fortunate to have traveled internationally during most of their retirement.


Although retired now for 13 years from teaching Political Philosophy at Illinois State University and abroad, Walter (Wally) Mead ’60 B.D. continues to travel abroad, occasionally to teach, to preach and, as president of the Michael Polanyi Society. As part of the society, Walter establishes programs, presents papers, and publishes articles mostly on the subject of epistemology in relation to matters of faith. In June of 2008 he returned to YDS to take Professor Jeremy Hultin's excellent course on "Judaism in the Time of Jesus." Wally welcomes renewed contact with YDS classmates.



Pictured with the Dalai Lama, Ann and Norval Reece ’60 M.Div., and members of Newtown reeceFriends Meeting presented to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet a replica of Edward Hicks painting of "The Peaceable Kingdom" at a private ceremony at the Four Seasons Hotel in Philadelphia on July 17, 2008. The Dalai Lama also presented Norval Reece with a blue silk prayer scarf. The Dalai Lama was in Philadelphia at the invitation of the Kalmyk Tibetan Buddhists for a teaching at the Kimmel Center and other activities at area Tibetan Mongolian Temples. Norval previously met the Dalai Lama in India in 1960 while doing two years of service work with the American Friends Service Committee. Reece is former Pennsylvania Secretary of Commerce and CEO of Reece Communications, Inc., cable television entrepreneurs. At the request of Sean Tchourumoff, President of the Kalmyk Brotherhood Society, over a year ago, Norval and Ann Reece became co-sponsors of the Dalai Lama's historic visit to Philadelphia.

John Ewing Roberts. ’60 B. D. retired in 2001 after 31 years as pastor of Woodbrook Baptist Church in Baltimore. He then served as associate scholar for the Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies where he now co-chairs the Board. He was a founder and past president of the Alliance of Baptists, and is on the Board of the Baptist House of Studies, Duke Divinity School. John and his wife, Marylynn, have one son, Christopher, who teaches ethics at Villanova.


Thomas F. Schafer ’60 B.D., ’61 S.T.M and his wife, Geri, are comfortably living in Thomas’s childhood home. They remodeled all but two rooms, bringing the house into the 21st century. Thomas had two hip replacements, five months apart, in 2005-06 and is doing great. He and Geri are enjoying his part-time appointment at the Warners UMC outside of Syracuse, NY. He is doing what he sincerely wants to do and would rather “wear out” than “rust out.”


Parke Street ’60 B.D. and Lee McGee Street will move to New Haven in October after 12 years of ranching in Colorado. They will miss the remoteness and beauty but look forward to living in New Haven. They lived at OMSC last winter as a 'try out.'


Tim Taylor ’60 Div. is in his 15th year at St. George Episcopal Church, Nashville, TN with five other priests and some three thousand talented lay leaders. The church participates in overseas work in Honduras, Johannesburg, Jerusalem, has 250 preschoolers in day school and performs local ministry to the homeless, prostitutes, etc. The church offers ten or more weekly service with dynamic preaching from Tim and his colleagues. His wife, Mary Ready, has written songs for choir and will be in residence next month at Winchester Cathedral. YDS visitors are always welcome.


Roger Ward ’60 B.D. pursued doctoral studies in religion at Vanderbilt, receiving a Ph.D. there in 1965. He taught religion and history at various universities and prep schools in New Orleans for three decades. In 1990 Roger found his calling as Director of Community Ministries at Trinity Episcopal Church. Working together with a large congregation, the group bears witness for structural change across racial, ethnic and economic lines. Roger writes, “I owe a great deal to YDS faculty, including Drs. Paul Minear, Robert Miller, and Richard Niebuhr, who influenced, inspired and informed my work throughout my career.


Thomas Woehrle ’60 B.D., ’64 S.T.M. and his wife, Donna, live in Wauwatosa, WI. One daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live nearby and are awaiting the adoption of a second child. Their other daughter, son-in-law, and three grandchildren live in St. Paul, MN. Thomas and Donnna travel some, having visited St. John and St. Thomas, VI, in March, and Seattle, Vancouver and Victoria in June. They attend orchestra, dance and drama performances frequently in Milwaukee, Chicago and Madison. Thomas helps build houses for Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity most Wednesdays.


Dick Yerrington ’60 B.D. retired after 18 years as the senior pastor at Golden Hill UMC in Bridgeport, CT. Then he served six years as Chaplain at The United Methodist Homes in Shelton, CT, always dreaming of being a "full time" artist. Somehow the "full time" got boring. Dick then returned in 2004 to part time pastoral care, as the associate pastor of the Newtown UMC in Newtown, CT. In his spare time, the art part continues at The Salt Water Artist's Gallery in New Harbor Maine, near a summer home where Dick and his wife, Penny, spend July and August every year. They love being grandparents to six and live full time at 472 Rimmon Hill Rd Beacon Falls, CT 06403.