A memorial service for Letty Mandeville Russell , one of the world's foremost feminist theologians and longtime member of the Yale Divinity School faculty, will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 23, in Marquand Chapel, Yale Divinity School, at 5:30 p.m., followed by a reception in the Common Room.
Russell died July 12 at her home in Guilford, CT. She was 77. A leader for many years in the ecumenical movement, she remained active in ecumenical circles until her death.
She was one of the first women ordained in the United Presbyterian Church and served the East Harlem Protestant Parish in New York City from 1952-68, including 10 years as pastor of the Presbyterian Church of the Ascension. She joined the faculty of Yale Divinity School in 1974 as an assistant professor of theology, rose to the rank of professor in 1985 and retired in 2001. In retirement, she continued to teach some courses at Yale Divinity School as a visiting professor.
Contributions to a book of remembrances may be sent via email as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org by Oct. 22, with the subject line "Russell Memorial Service."