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Memorial service for Robin Theurkauf ’80 UGrd., ’01 Ph.D., ’08 M.Div

TheurkaufA memorial service will be held for Robin Siegel Theurkauf ’80 UGrd, ’01 Ph.D., ’08 M.Div. on Friday, July 17 at 11:00 a.m. in Marquand Chapel at Yale Divinity School.  She died in Greenwich Hospital on July 10 at the age of 51 after a valiant struggle with cancer.

She was born in Montclair, NJ, was a member of the Yale College Class of 1980, and was a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, CT.  She earned a Ph.D. in International Relations from Yale University and the M.Div. from Yale Divinity School.

She is survived by her husband, the Rev. James K. Poinsett ’05 M.Div.; three sons, Thomas Francis Theurkauf III, Edward Arthur Theurkauf, and Charles Henry Theurkauf; her parents, Arthur and Judy Siegel of New Hartford, CT; a sister, Jennifer Ahlberg, of Redding, CT; two brothers, Jim Siegel, of West Hartford, CT and Rob Siegel, of Stratton, VT.

She lost her first husband in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 and is survived by two sisters-in-law, Barbara Theurkauf and Patricia Theurkauf, both of Glastonbury, CT; and a brother-in-law, William Theurkauf of Sterling, MA.

In an article she wrote (pdf) for the Winter 2007 issue of Spectrum about her opposition to the death penalty, she said, “Each of us is always a child of God. In our brokenness, we are called to forgive so that we may be forgiven. The act of forgiving, of giving up the demand for vengeance, is an act of transcendence. To let go of the anger is to let go of some of the pain.”

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that contributions be made either to The House of Bread, 1453 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06120; or Yale Divinity School (attn: Director of Development), 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511. Please indicate that such gifts are “In Memory of Robin Theurkauf.”