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“The best words aren’t yet invented.  Charismatic is the word we use to describe someone who is captivating.  Gifted is the word we use to describe someone who is bright and talented.  But there isn’t a single word to describe Tom Mullen, who was simultaneously delightful and kind and wise and generous and honest and loyal and available.”  Philip Gulley, co-pastor of Fairfield Friends Meeting in Indiana, on the death of Tom Mullen ’59 B.D., writing in the September/October 2009 issue of Quaker Life magazine.  Mullen died June 19, 2009 of a massive stroke at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. A well-known professor, speaker, humorist, and author of 14 books, he served as pastor of New Castle Friends Meeting for seven years before returning to his alma mater, Earlham College, to become campus minister and later dean of students.  He joined the faculty of the Earlham School of Religion in 1972, where he served for many years as professor of applied theology.  Among his survivors is his brother Frank Mullin ’56 M.Div.


"I think it's a moral, spiritual, biblical decision. It's a place where I can do the ministry that I felt I was called to do. I don't believe it's time to retire, I believe it's a place God has called me to be." Phillip Zampino, a 1967 graduate of Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, explaining the decision of his congregation, the Life in Jesus Church, to join the breakaway Anglican Church in North America and change its name to Jesus Our Shepherd Church.  FrederickNewsPost.com, Frederick, MD, August 8, 2009

"He could preach as if he were talking to you, not above you.  He was always very caring and he believed that everyone was given certain gifts from God and it was our privilege to share the gifts. One of his gifts was to be able to declare his faith."  Cheryl Fairchild, parishioner at St. Paul’s Christian Church in Raleigh, NC, in an article about the ministry of Tom Law ’62 B.D., who retired as pastor in 1997 and was named minister emeritus in May.  Raleigh News & Observer, August 9, 2009

 “He applied his commitment in the area of business ethics as well as global issues of human rights.  Henry was a passionate progressive to the end.”   Donald Miller, professor of religion at the University of Southern California, on the death of Henry B. Clark II ’63 Div., ’63 Ph.D., who taught religion at USC for two decades.  USC News, August 13, 2009.

 “Her experience and considerable accomplishments demonstrate her strength in guiding both adults and children in their spiritual journeys.”  John H, Branson, rector of Christ & Holy Trinity Church, Westport, CT, on the appointment of Kerith Harding ’09 M.Div. as assistant to the rector.  The (Norwalk, CT) Hour, July 25, 2009.

“In our ever-changing world, I feel it is important to provide interfaith resources to ensure that the spiritual lives of patients and the families do not get lost in the shuffle of end-of-life issues.”  Willis J. McCaw ’08 M.Div., August 8, 2009, Norwich (CT) Bulletin, in the article “Newsmaker of the Day: Man named spiritual coordinator for Hospice of Southeastern Connecticut.”

Ernest W. Lefever ’45 B.D., ’56 Ph.D., founder of the conservative Ethics and Public Policy Center, died July 29 at 89 of a progressive brain disorder.  He came to national prominence in 1981 when President Regan nominated him for assistant secretary of human rights, a nomination that was derailed when it was rejected by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

"He always took you under his wing and wanted to talk to you and ask you something about your family. It made you feel important and special. ... He always showed up at everything at Catawba — athletic events, dances — you could always expect to see Dr. Faust."  Ray Oxendine, former student of David Faust ’24 B.D., ’29 Ph.D.  at Catawba College, who is working to establish the Dr. David and Genevieve Faust Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund at the college.  SalisburyPost.com, Aug. 20, 2009.

"He was just a compassionate person and he was very understanding of the human situation.  It was that you have to live your life in love and feel good about yourself and forgive yourself. Those are the kind of things that kept people coming to hear him."  Bonnie Wagner, wife of Paul Wagner ’41 B.D., on his death Aug. 17.  Tampa Tribune, Aug. 20, 2009.


Lester E. Williams ’34 M.Div., professor emeritus of philosophy and religion, at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, was among 16 deceased persons who were honored August 25 at the college’s 32nd Founders’ Day memorial service.

Hideyasu Nakagawa ’52 B.D., ’55 Ph.D., died on April 26, 2009.  Nakagawa taught at International Christian University in Tokyo from 1971 to 1983 as professor of philosophy of education, while serving at various times as dean of the graduate school, vice president of academic affairs, and president. Beginning in 1986, he served as chair of the Board of Trustees and as president at Otsuma Women's University in Tokyo.
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