People Notes

Scott Morris ’79 M.Div. will be honored on April 11 as a “Master Entrepreneur" by the Society of Entrepreneurs in Memphis, TN, for his contributions to the Memphis community.  After graduating from YDS, Morris entered medical school and went on to found the Church Health Center, which opened in Memphis in 1987.  Today more than 70,000 are treated by CHC staffers and volunteers each year. The facility's wellness center logs more than 120,000 annual visits. With its yearly budget of $13.5 million, the CHC is sustained through income-based sliding-scale fees and by donations from individuals, organizations and businesses.  Memphis (TN) Commercial Appeal, Feb. 20, 2011, in the article “Society of Entrepreneurs: Morris sees his model for health care spread across country”


“This world is full of promises that it just cannot keep. It pacifies, it makes you feel good for a minute, but it never ever satisfies. When we are hungry and thirsty for the things of God, then we will be completely satisfied. Full, to overflowing.”  Tracy Johnson Russell ’95 M.Div., New Haven (CT) Independent, Feb. 8, 2011, in the article “St. Andrews Family Turns a Corner.”

“Muslims formed a protective circle around Christians as they prayed in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Monday, just as Christian protesters had done for Muslims during last Friday’s prayers.  As the daughter of a Coptic-American immigrant to the United States, I’m astonished by such sights. In the many summers I’ve spent between Cairo and Alexandria, I’ve never seen Christian prayers in a public square. I’ve never seen a cross anywhere near a Quran.”  Ashley Makar ’12 M.Div., Feb. 10, 2011, CNN Belief Blog.

 “This man has an amazing gift. It’s as if he was born to be a basketball star. In the gospel today, Jesus says don’t let anything stop you from letting your light shine before everyone. That way you can glorify your heavenly father.”  Frank Bice  '96 M.A.R. '99 M.Div., commenting on basketball star LeBron James, The Deacon’s Bench, Feb. 14, 2011, in the article “Deacon, quadriplegic, inspiration: the remarkable ministry of Frank Bice”

Linda Lader ’08 M.Div. was ordained as a minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) at a service held at Yale Divinity School’s Marquand Chapel on March 6.  A number of alumni returned to YDS to attend.  Pictured here with Lader are Jennifer Sheridan ’09 M.Div. (left) and Debra McLeod Sears '09 M.Div. (right). Lader

“We can’t change things that have happened to us—but by the grace of God, we can use these experiences to help make the world a
better place.” Talitha Arnold ’80 M.Div., Nov. 25, 2010, in a special section of The New Mexican honoring Arnold as one of “10 Who Made a Difference,” for her work in the human rights arena.

“Much of the work on the RSV happened at Yale Divinity School. Before my days there, there were of course lingering stories about the scholars who produced the new translation. One of the more prominent, Professor of Old Testament Millar Burrows, was probably the most unjolly theologian ever to walk the halls of YDS and inspire its students. He was something like Jeremiah — hardly a happy-go-lucky tender of the bar.”  A. Ralph Barlow '59 B.D. '64 S.T.M., Feb. 28, 2011, Providence (RI) Journal, in the column “The Bible as a call to a responsible life.”

"Its commitment to reach out to care for those in need near and far, is deep and profound. Our mission is to help heal our broken world. I am thrilled to embrace that priority as a servant of Christ while rector at Emmanuel.”  Daniel Appleyard ’83 M.Div., March 4, 2011, Webster-Kirkwood (MO) Times, in the article “Emmanuel Episcopal To Install New Rector On March 7.”

Barbara A. Allen ‘71 M.A.R., 66, of Manhattan, KS, died February 6, 2011, at Mercy Regional Health Center in Manhattan, KS.  She and her husband, Paul, were married in the Yale Divinity School Chapel.  During her ministry, she served a Baptist church in Scarsdale, New York; was chaplain at   Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College); and was pastor at Martinson Avenue Christian Church in Wichita, KS.  She also served two terms on the General Board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and one term on the denomination’s Administration Committee.  Also very active in the Regional Board of the Christian Church in Kansas, she served as Moderator of the Region.  She also served as North East Area Minister for the Mid-America (Missouri) Region, based in Columbia, Missouri.

Franklin F. Beach ’52 B.D., 85, died March 1 in Nashville, TN.  He was an ordained minister with the United Church of Christ early in his career.  He was actively involved in the Memphis theological community and was a past President of the Memphis Crosscut Club, an inter-faith group intended to counter religious prejudice. He later changed careers and became a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and was a long time member of the Memphis Estate Planning Council.