Union Presbyterian Seminary, the church, and the world of biblical scholarship and religious publishing have suffered the loss of a giant with the passing of James Luther Mays, Cyrus McCormick Professor Emeritus of Hebrew and Old Testament. No one has been a nobler, more graceful “gentleman and a scholar” than Jim Mays. His legacy features tireless service spanning many decades as a gifted teacher who demanded excellence and integrity of his students—and always modeled it himself—as he equipped generation after generation of Union students for fruitful ministries.
A memorial service will be held in honor of the Rev. Dr. Samuel K. Roberts, Professor Emeritus of Theology and Ethics at Union Presbyterian Seminary (Union) on April 22, 5:00 p.m., in Lake Chapel of the Early Center, 1106 Westwood Ave. A reception will immediately follow the service.
With deep sorrow, Union Presbyterian Seminary announces the death of Professor Emeritus Samuel K. Roberts on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, following a brief illness. He was a cherished colleague, mentor, teacher, and friend to many in the seminary community and he will be sorely missed. Our heartfelt prayers and condolences are extended to his wife, Rose, and to his two sons, Samuel Jr. and Franklin, as well as to his extended family.
On March 23, 2015 at 1:00 p.m., there will be a memorial service in honor of The Rev. Dr. Syngman Rhee, former Moderator of the PC(USA) and Retired Visiting Professor of Evangelism, on the Richmond campus of Union Presbyterian Seminary.
Union Presbyterian Seminary announces with great sadness the death of Thomas Alfred Cutting, Jr., former assistant professor of ministry from 1973-77.
The Reverend Syngman Rhee, former Moderator of the PC(USA) and Retired Visiting Professor of Evangelism at Union Presbyterian Seminary, died January 14 in Atlanta. He was deeply involved throughout his life with issues of justice, reconciliation, and peace.
The Rev. Dr. Edward Daniel McCreary, Jr. (Th.M.'45; Th.D.'51) of Richmond, departed this life on November 10, 2014. He was 95.
The Black Alumni/ae Association at Union Presbyterian Seminary honored him in February 2013 at the Trailblazers' Award Ceremony and Dinner for his outstanding achievements in ministry and education.
Union Presbyterian Seminary is saddened to report that long-time friend and former board member Barbara Inex Boyle Lemon passed away Tuesday morning, October 7, 2014. She was born on July 2, 1936, in Brooklyn, NY and lived in Roanoke, VA, since 1952.
The seminary has learned with great sadness of the passing of Mary Jones Helm, daughter of Dr. James A. Jones, pastor of the Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, NC, from 1939-1954 and President of Union Theological Seminary in Richmond from 1954 until his death in 1966 (now Union Presbyterian Seminary), and sister of UPSem Board of Trustees member Dr. Anne Jones Logan.
The seminary has learned with great sadness of the passing of Peggie L. Atkins, former director of foundation relations at Union Theological Seminary (now Union Presbyterian Seminary). After teaching private piano lessons for nearly 20 years, she joined Union as a part-time receptionist and quickly rose to grants guru in the development department (1982-2007) where her wit, kindness, and sage advice are still missed today. Upon her retirement in 2007, she continued in her service to the seminary on the President's Advisory Council.
Union Presbyterian Seminary has learned with great sadness of the passing of Connolly C. Gamble, a former faculty member and alumnus of Union Theological Seminary.
The seminary has learned with great sadness of the passing of John Trotti, Professor Emeritus of Bibliography, on the evening of January 29, 2013.
Paul John (“Bud”) Achtemeier died in his home on Monday, January 28, 2013 following a long illness. He was the Herbert Worth and Annie H. Jackson Professor of Biblical Interpretation Emeritus of Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA (now Union Presbyterian Seminary).
Frances Elizabeth Johns was born on May 6, 1938, in Richmond, VA. A graduate of Farmville High School, she was a 1960 graduate of Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA followed by a master's degree in Christian Education in 1962 from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education. She pursued a lifelong career of service as Director of Christian Education in five congregations: Hilton Presbyterian Church, Raleigh Court Presbyterian Church, Myers Park Presbyterian Church, and First Presbyterian Church in Shreveport. She also served as Editor of Children's Curriculum Resources for the General Assembly Mission Board, PCUSA from 1977 to 1983. In 2002, after retiring, Frances moved to the Cross Ridge Community in Glen Allen, VA. She was an active member of Second Presbyterian Church in Richmond, where she served as an Elder and Moderator of the Christian Education and Memberships Councils. Her funeral was held at Second Presbyterian Church Richmond on January 19, 2013.
Former trustee and alum James Braswell Holderness (B.D.'67; D.Min.'82)died December 27, 2012.
The Reverend Doctor William Henry "Hal" Todd, Jr. (B.D.'68) died on Sunday, December 16, 2012, in Asheville, NC. A service to celebrate his life will be held at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church on Friday, December 21 at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow.
From 1990 until 2000, Todd served as vice president of development at Union Presbyterian Seminary and afterward became vice president of institutional advancement at American University in Cairo, Egypt.
On Monday, June 4, 2012, Union Presbyterian Seminary lost a beloved professor, friend, and colleague when Dr. Donald Gilbert Dawe passed away. Dr. Dawe was the Robert L. Dabney Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology at Union.