Posted By Jessica Cambio,
Thursday, May 13, 2010
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The Rev. Dr. Ralph Norman Helverson died April 25 at Carleton-Willard Village, Bedford, MA, at the age of ninety-five. He was minister emeritus of the First Parish in Cambridge, MA, which he served as minister from 1959 to 1977. He also served UU congregations in Ithaca, NY, and N. Palm Beach, FL, as well as being interim minister for San Diego, CA, W. Hartford, CT, Naples, FL, and Dedham, MA.
He was a graduate of Anderson College (B.A.), Garrett Theological Seminary (B.D.) and Cornell University (M.A.), and was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School in 1969.
A distinguished preacher, thinker and writer, he was also a beloved pastor and colleague. He had served on several boards and committees of the UUA and related organizations, and was the author of several collections of prayers and meditations.
A memorial service celebrating Ralph's life and ministry will be held on Wednesday, May 9, at 1:30 p.m. at The First Parish of Cambridge (in Harvard Square). Letters of condolence may be sent to his wife of 67 years, Wynanda Helverson, 88 Falmouth Court, Bedford, MA 01730-2912. David Pohl is planning Ralph's service.
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