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In Memory... Charles A. Howe (1922 - 2010)

Posted By Jessica Cambio, Tuesday, August 17, 2010
It is with a sense of loss that the Ministries and Faith Development staff group informs you of the death of the Reverend Dr. Charles A. Howe.  He died on Tuesday, August 10, 2010.  Rev. Howe was 88 years old. 

Rev. Howe was born on May 4, 1922, in Utica, NY, to Raymond Miller Howe and Ethel Louise Williams.  He attended the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, earning his AB in chemistry in 1943.  He enlisted in the US Marine Corp and served for three years in the Pacific Theater during WWII.  After the war he returned to UNC earning his MA in 1949 and his PhD in 1951, both in chemistry. 

He worked for Merck & Co for five years where he developed techniques to synthesize riboflavin, earning several patents for his work.  He left Merck to teach, joining the faculty of Clarkson College in Potsdam, NY.  While in Potsdam, Rev. Howe and his family became active members of the Universalist Church in Canton, NY.  During his time there, he served as church school teacher, worship leader, and moderator.  As his commitment to the church grew during those years, he sought a more active role for himself by pursuing the ministry. He attended Meadville Lombard Theological Seminary, earning his BDiv in 1966.  He was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Divinity in 1996.  

After graduation, he was called to the First Unitarian Church of Austin, TX, and ordained there in 1966.  He was subsequently called to the First Universalist Church of Syracuse, NY; the Wilmington UU Fellowship, Wilmington, NC; and the UU Church of Kinston, NC.  He was named minister emeritus by the Wilmington, NC, congregation.  He served several additional churches as Interim Minister: the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church in Charlottesville, VA; the Fourth Universalist Society in New York City; and the UU Fellowship in Gainesville, FL.  After his retirement, he was a member of the Community Church of Chapel Hill, UU, in Chapel Hill, NC, and the UU Fellowship of Raleigh, NC. 

He was a member of the Commission on Appraisal from 1989 – 95 and of the UU Historical Society.  For the Society, he wrote numerous articles for the Dictionary of Unitarian & Universalist Biography.  He also wrote The Larger Faith: A Short History of American Universalism; For Faith and Freedom: A Short History of Unitarianism in Europe; and The Essential Clarence Skinner: A Brief Introduction to His Life and Writings, all published by Skinner House.  Rev. Howe was active with People of Faith Against the Death Penalty and was a lifelong advocate for social justice.

Rev. Howe is survived by his wife, Ann Clark Howe; his children, Judith Louise Howe (Robert Harangozo,) Marjorie Ann Howe Chenery (Peter Chenery,) David Darrow Howe; and his grandchildren, Patricia Elizabeth Chenery, Sarah Watters Howe, Nora Isabel Howe, and Caroline Howe Harangozo, as well as several nieces and nephews. 

A celebration of the life of Rev. Howe took place at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh, NC.  Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Southern Poverty Law Center or the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. 

Please send messages of condolence to Ann Howe, 1811 Park Drive, Raleigh, NC 27605-1612.

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In Memory... F. David Fisher (1929 - 2010)

Posted By Jessica Cambio, Tuesday, August 17, 2010

It is with a sense of loss that the Ministries and Faith Development Staff Group informs you of the death of the Reverend Dr. F. David Fisher, M.D.  He died on June 26, 2010, at home in Wilton Manors, FL.  Rev. Fisher was 81 years old.

 

Rev. Fisher was born on March 13, 1929, in Indianapolis, IN, to Edith M. and Edward J. P. Fisher.  He graduated from Oberlin College in 1951 with a philosophy degree.  After two years of Army service, he entered the University of Rochester’s School of Medicine, earning his M.D. in 1957.  

 

He practiced internal medicine in Marion, Ohio, from 1963 to 1970 before earning his Master of Public Health in 1971 from the University of North Carolina.  In 1977 he graduated from Starr King School for the Ministry, followed by a three-year psychiatric residency at Wright State Medical School in Ohio.

 

He taught at the Department of Medicine of the University of Iowa, Department of Medicine of Ohio State University, Department of Family and Community Medicine of the University of Utah, and Yale Medical School.

 

From 1986 to 1987 on leave from Yale, he served as Mental Health Team Director with Project Hope in Grenada, training Grenadian mental health professionals during modernization of their mental health system.  In 1991 he served as ward psychiatrist with Northern New Hampshire Mental Health Services in Berlin, NH, retiring in 1994.

 

A lifelong UU, Rev. Fisher served the denomination in various capacities. He was Florida District Volunteer Coordinator for the General Assembly at Fort Lauderdale in 2008 and Accessibilities Coordinator for General Assembly in New Haven in 1989.  He served

many congregations as lay leader, including the UU Society of New Haven, CT, and the UU Fellowship of the Eastern Slopes in Tamworth, NH.  It was at Eastern Slopes where he was ordained in 1999 and served for two years as their called minister.

 

From 2003-2009, he served as choir director in the UU Church of Fort Lauderdale, FL.  Rev. Gail Tapscott of the Ft. Lauderdale church said "he was one of the most graceful, gracious, grace-filled people I ever met,” with the "unique ability to live lightly in the world and have great impact…he was a minister in every aspect of his life.”

 

Survivors include his partner, Paul Alpert of Wilton Manors, FL; his daughter, Dana Ashrawi of Cypress, Texas; his son, Kent Fisher of Columbus, Ohio; his sisters, the Rev. Joyce Pierce of Bon Air, VA, and Marcia Bailey of Ann Arbor, MI; and five grandchildren.

 

Donations in honor of Rev. Fisher may be made to the UUCFL Sunday Morning Services Special Fund, 3970 Northwest 21st Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309-3627.  A memorial service was held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  Please send notes of condolence to his partner, Paul Alpert, 1708 NE 24 Street, Wilton Manors, FL 33305.

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In Memory... Walter Royal "Roy" Jones Jr. (1920 - 2010)

Posted By Administrator, Sunday, August 15, 2010

It is with a sense of loss that the Ministry and Professional Leadership Staff Group informs you of the death of the Reverend Walter Royal "Roy” Jones, Jr.  He died peacefully on April 30, 2010, at home in Fort Collins, Colorado.  He was 90.

 

Rev. Jones was born in Brooklyn, New York, on March 15, 1920, to Walter R. Jones and Anita Dunker Jones.  He earned degrees from Brooklyn College in 1941 and Union Theological Seminary in 1945.  His seminary education was interrupted when he was called for military service.  Although he had sought recognition as a Conscientious Objector, his request was refused and as a result he served a year at the Federal Correctional Institution at Danbury, CT, before he returned to seminary.

During Rev. Jones’ career in the ministry, he served Unitarian and Universalist congregations in Barnstable and Yarmouth Port, MA (1945-1949); Brooklyn and Floral Park, NY (1949-1957); Gloucester and Essex, MA (1957-1963) and Charlottesville, VA (1963-1972.)  He accepted the position as Minister of the Foothills Unitarian Church in Fort Collins, CO, in 1972 and was named Minister Emeritus upon his retirement in 1990.

His denominational activities included serving on the Business Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), as vice chair of the Study Commission on the Free Church in a Changing World and co-author of the section on Ethics and Social Action (1963.)  He chaired the UUA Commission on Religion and Race (1963-1967) and participated in the civil rights March on Washington and in Birmingham and Selma, AL, and McComb, MS.  From 1983-1985 Reverend Jones chaired the UUA's Committee on Purposes and Principles, which conducted a wide-ranging dialogue from which the UUA's present statement of ethical, theological and social principles developed.

Reverend Jones was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Meadville/Lombard Theological School in 1986, where he served as Minister-in-Residence in 1990 after his retirement from Foothills Unitarian Church. He was a guest lecturer at Colorado State University from 1990 to 1992, and taught a course on Unitarian Universalist History and Polity at the Iliff School of Theology in 1994. He was given the Award for Distinguished Service to the Cause of Unitarian Universalism in 1990.

His community service in Fort Collins included volunteering in a variety of capacities with the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, the Community Crisis and Information Center, United Campus Ministry, Larimer County Community Corrections, and serving as Chaplain at the Larimer County Detention Center.

In 1948, Rev. Jones married Mary Elizabeth Lyons with whom he had six children. Two, Catherine Ellen and Thomas Philip, preceded him in death. His surviving children include Walter Royal Jones III, Christine Elizabeth Jones, and Carol Ann Jones Conley (married to Ernest Conley), all of Charlottesville, VA, and Linda Susan Jones Bothe (married to Dieter Bothe) of Fort Collins, CO.

Following the death of his first wife, Roy married Eliza Craddock East in Charlottesville, thereby adding three grown sons to his family, John Samuel Fitch of Boulder, Peter Warner Fitch of Charlottesville, and Julian Robert Fitch now living in Thailand. It was a joyous marriage for them both. His children and step-sons and their spouses gave Roy and Eliza 10 grandchildren (William Henry Conley is deceased), and six great-grandchildren. Eliza Jones died in 2004.

Rev. Jones’ passions were people, ideas, music, and trains. He was a great collector of classical music recordings and had recently returned to studying the piano. He turned the basement of his home into a railroad model exhibit linking the hills of Virginia to the Rockies in Colorado. Thanks to the generosity of model railroad buffs from Fort Collins and Loveland, Roy and his neighbors, family and friends were treated to one final run of the trains to celebrate his 90 birthday.

A Memorial Service was held at the Foothills Unitarian Church.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Foothills Unitarian church, in care of Bohlender Funeral Chapel, 121 W. Olive St., Fort Collins, Colorado 80524.  Friends may send condolences to the family at bohlenderfuneralchapel.com

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In Memory... Robert "Rob" William Brownlie (1921 - 2010)

Posted By Jessica Cambio, Sunday, August 15, 2010

It is with a sense of loss that the Ministry and Professional Leadership Staff Group informs you of the death of the Reverend Robert William Brownlie.  He died of heart failure on March 27, 2010, at the Kelowna General Hospital, Kelowna, British Columbia, with three loving friends by his side.  He was 88.

 

Rev. Brownlie was born on September 10, 1921 to Thomas and Lillian M. Brownlie in New York, New York.  He served in the United States Army 180th Infantry Regiment during WWII and was awarded a Purple Heart.

 

After a successful career in business working as a manager for Chrysler Corporation among others, he moved with his wife and four young children to Maine to pursue the ministry.  He enrolled in Farmington State College and Bangor Theological Seminary, graduating in 1962.  He served Unitarian Universalist churches in Bangor and Oakland, Maine, while attending seminary.

 

He was called to the First Congregational Parish Unitarian in Petersham, Massachusetts; the Unitarian Universalist Church of Minnetonka in Wayzata, Minnesota; and the Unitarian Church of Edmonton, Alberta.  He served in Edmonton from 1970 until his retirement in 1984.  While serving the Edmonton church, he officiated at the first UU same-sex union in Canada in 1973.  The Edmonton congregation named him Minister Emeritus in 1990.

 

Rev. Brownlie was involved in UU district-level activities in each community where he served, including chairing Publicity Committees in both the Northeast and Connecticut Valley Districts.  He also participated as board member in various community organizations, including Planned Parenthood, and served many years as President of the Kelowna Friends of the Library, at the time when Kelowna's award-winning new library was designed and built.

During his retirement in Kelowna, British Columbia, Rev. Brownlie became well-known as a passionate supporter of civic and cultural organizations. He collected art, especially by local artists, and regularly attended theater, concerts, and cultural events.   He was "the white-haired walker” until age 87, with a daily route of 15 km. or more, and recognized with a wave by motorists all around the Okanagan. He collected cans and bottles during those walks, raising surprising amounts of money over the years for Selena Stearns and her staff at the Drop-in and Information Centre in Kelowna, whose work he greatly admired.

An environmentalist even before the word was popular, and with a caring heart for any person or animal "down on their luck”, few people knew the extent to which Rev. Brownlie lived his Unitarian Universalist beliefs and shared everything he had.  His mantra: "Forgive. Love. Give.”  His beloved church, The Unitarian Fellowship of Kelowna, received the gift of his house upon Rev. Brownlie’s death. The funds from the sale of the house will make possible new opportunities for the church to thrive and grow over the coming years.

Rev. Brownlie is survived by his daughter Pat (Robert); son Peter (Deborah) and grandsons Matthew (Ashley) and Colin (Deborah); son Andrew (Amy); son Richard (Robin); and Rev. Christine Brownlie, mother of his grandsons, Matthew and Colin. He also leaves his friend, Denise Brownlie and his devoted "rescue cat” Amy, a constant companion of more than 15 years.  His youngest son Chris (Phill) died in 1989; his wife Dorothy died in 1971.

 

At Rev. Brownlie’s request, no formal memorial service will be held. Please send messages of condolence to his daughter, Patricia Brownlie, 7124 Oak Leaf Drive, Santa Rosa CA 95409; or his son, Peter Brownlie, 5421 Locust Street, Kansas City, MO 64110.

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In Memory . . . Grant F. Haskell (1915-2010)

Posted By Jessica Cambio, Thursday, May 13, 2010
The Reverend Grant F. Haskell died on March 3, 2010, at the St. Paul’s Nursing Home in Greenville, Pennsylvania. He was 94 years old.

Rev. Haskell was born on July 14, 1915, in Beverly, Massachusetts, to Frederic W. Haskell and Helen (Haskell) Haskell. He attended Crane Theological School of Tufts College in Medford, Massachusetts and graduated from Canton Theological School of St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York in 1942. He was ordained in January 1943 by the Unitarian Association at the Unitarian Church in Milford, New Hampshire where he served until 1945.

In addition to serving in Milford, New Hampshire, Rev. Haskell was called to the following churches: the First Congregational Unitarian Church in Littleton, Massachusetts; the Universalist Church in Biddeford, Maine; the Universalist Church of Medford, Massachusetts; and Community Unitarian Church in White Plains, New York.

During several summers in the 1940’s, Rev. Haskell with his wife, Betty Haskell, directed youth work camps for the Unitarian Service Committee. He was active with the Red Cross and with the Red Feather campaign which raised funds for community organizations during and after World War II. He also taught and called square dancing at the All Star Family Conference at Star Island in the 1950’s.

After he left the full-time ministry, Rev. Haskell worked as Youth and Camping Director for the YMCA in Watertown and Elmira, New York and as Executive Director of the YMCA in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. In semi-retirement he drove a school bus for 10 years, mostly so he could be around the children. He helped start the BuxMont UU Fellowship in Warrington, Pennsylvania and a second Fellowship near his home in Leesburg, Florida. There he continued his ministry by performing marriages, christenings, and funerals.

Rev. Haskell loved camping, working with kids and teenagers, and fixing things around the house. In addition to his wife, Betty Haskell of Clifton Springs, New York, he is survived by two sons, Richard A. Haskell of Alamogordo, New Mexico, and Jonathan F. Haskell of Newark, New York.; a daughter, Beth M. Haskell of Brook lyn, New York; two sisters, Helen Gately of California and Barbara Lampey of Knoxville, Tennessee.; and his grandsons, Kenneth Haskell of Brooklyn, New York, and Grant W. Haskell of Baltimore, Maryland.

A private memorial service is being planned. Contributions to honor the life of Rev. Haskell may be made to the Unitarian Univer salist Service Committee, P.O. Box 845259, Boston, MA 02284 or online at www.uusc.org. Please send notes of condolence to Elizabeth Haskell, 226 Ashton Court, Clifton Springs, NY 14432.

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In Memory . . . Carl Bierman (1930-2010)

Posted By Jessica Cambio, Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Reverend Carl Bierman died on Wednesday, January 6, 2010, at the Albany Medical Center Hospital, Albany, NY. He was 79 years old.

Rev. Bierman was born on December 13, 1930, in Hannover, Germany. He immigrated to the United States at the age of five. He was a member of The Community Church of New York, active in the youth group, when he decided to become a minister. He attended Columbia University for one year and graduated from City College of New York in 1954. He earned his Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School in 1957.

Rev. Bierman was called by the First Congregational Parish, Unitarian, in Kennebunk, Maine. He was ordained and installed there in 1958. He was subsequently called to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Trenton, New Jersey; the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Springfield, Missouri; and the North Universalist Chapel Society in Woodstock, Vermont. His congregations in both Trenton and Springfield built new churches under Rev. Bierman’s leadership.

His denominational activities include a term as secretary of the Maine Unitarian Association and membership on the board of the Northern New England district of the AUA. In Trenton, Rev. Bierman was an active member of the Torch Club. For several years he taught courses in the Old Testament at Southwest Missouri State University. He was also active in the Civil Rights movement, traveling to Montgomery, Alabama, and to Martin Luther King’s March on Washington, DC. Rev. Bierman had a passion for history and enjoyed astronomy and playing chess.

Rev. Bierman’s survivors include his wife, Dolores Hart Bierman of Albany, New York; his daughters, Natalie Opitz (Charlie) of Springfield, Missouri, Daphne McKinney of Yucaipa, California, and Sally Diggins (Patrick) of Hoover, Alabama; his son, Andrew Bierman (Jill) of Albany, New York. He also leaves his grandchildren: Marcus, Tara, Nicholas, and Matthew Opitz; Malcolm, Alec, and David McKinney; Patrick IV, Zachary, and Henry Diggins; and Katherine and Nathan Bierman.

Private funeral services were held in Albany, New York, with interment in Albany Rural Cemetery. Donations may be made in Rev. Bierman’s name to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, 1785 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036-2117 or Capital City Rescue Mission, PO Box 1999, Albany, NY 12201.

Please send messages of condolence to Dolores Bierman, 34 Hawthorne Avenue, Albany, NY 12203.

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In Memory . . . Harry Kern Brobst (1909-2010)

Posted By Jessica Cambio, Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Rev. Dr. Harry Kern Brobst died on January 13, 2010, in Joplin, Missouri. He was 100 years old.

Rev. Brobst was born on February 11, 1909, in Wilmington, Delaware, to Harry Walter and Cora Annie Kern Brobst. In 1935, he graduated from the Butler Hospital Training School for Psychiatric Nurses in Providence, RI. He supervised the Charles V. Chapin Clinic there for several years before earning an undergraduate degree from Brown University in 1939. During these years, he befriended the author H. P. Lovecraft. His memories of Lovecraft were recounted in the book, Lovecraft Remembered, in the chapter "Autumn in Providence: Harry K. Brobst on Lovecraft" by pulp fiction author, Will Murray.

Rev. Brobst attended the University of Pennsylvania, earning his Masters Degree in 1941 and his Doctorate in 1952. Both advanced degrees were in Psychology. He moved to Oklahoma State University, advancing to Full Professor of Psychology and teaching there for 28 years. While at Oklahoma State, he organized and directed the University’s Bureau of Psychological Testing.

One of the founding members in 1947 of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Stillwater, Oklahoma, Rev. Brobst provided lay leadership in various roles for many years. Upon his mandatory retirement from Oklahoma State, he entered Phillips Theological Seminary in Enid, Oklahoma, and earned his Master of Divinity. He was fellowshipped in 1977 and ordained by the Stillwater congregation in the same year. He served the church he had helped found for three years before he retired.

Rev. Brobst is survived by his cousins Penni Lee, Amy, and William Fallow of Joplin, Missouri. His wife, Judith Sylvia Heideman, died 15 years ago. His memorial service, which he requested to be called, "A Gathering of Friends," was held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Stillwater. Rev. Carol Fincher officiated.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Stillwater, 320 South Stallard, Stillwater, Oklahoma 74074 or the Humane Society of Stillwater, 1710 South Main Street, Stillwater, Oklahoma 74074-7945.

Please send messages of condolence to his cousin, Penni Lee Fallow, 2107 Texas Street, Joplin, Missouri 64804.

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In Memory . . . John Nicholls Booth (1929-2009)

Posted By Jessica Cambio, Thursday, May 13, 2010

The death of the Reverend John Nicholls Booth died on Wednesday, November 11, 2009, at the age of 97. Rev. Booth was born on August 7, 1912, in Meadville, PA, to Sydney Scott Booth and Margaret Nicholls Booth. He graduated from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, in 1934 and Meadville Theological School in 1942. His thesis, The Quest for Preaching Power, was published by Macmillan Company. In 1950, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters from New England Law School.

In 1942, he began more than 30 years of ministry with a call to serve the Unitarian Church of Evanston, IL. He was subsequently called to the First Church of Belmont, MA; the Second Church in Boston, MA; and the UU Church of Long Beach, CA. He served as Interim at the UU Fellowship of Gainesville, FL, and the First UU Church in Detroit, MI. While in Evanston, Rev. Booth authored a 39-page pamphlet, "Introducing Unitarianism” which he updated after the merger as "Introducing Unitarian Universalism.” These pamphlets were in print for several decades.

Rev. Booth was also a professional magician, journalist, author, film producer, public speaker, and a world traveler. On sabbatical in 1948,

Rev. Booth served as Asiatic Correspondent for the Chicago Sun-Times, also representing the Christian Register on that trip. He interviewed and photographed the prime ministers of Japan, China, Thailand, and India; the governors of Hong Kong and Singapore; and the president and three former presidents of the Philippines. He described his travels in the book, Fabulous Destinations, which became a Travel Book of the Month Club #1 selection. In later years he would also write for the Boston Globe, the Long Beach Press-Telegram, and the Encyclopedia Britannica Book of the Year.

During vacations from ministry, Rev. Booth produced eight documentary films, traveling to Africa, Asia, South America, Britain, and Spain as well as throughout the US. In the US, he filmed "The Amazing America of Will Rogers,” a biographical study of the humorist. Most of these films were presented by Rev. Booth at lecture tours he conducted in venues like Hancock Hall in Boston, Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburg, and Cincinnati’s Taft Theatre, among others. His series of talks called "Looking at Life,” which dealt with philosophical, psychological, and spiritual problems, were televised on WBKB in Chicago in the 1940’s, a first by clergy in the United States.

Rev. Booth’s magic career began before his ministry and continued throughout those years and beyond. He was a well-respected mentor to others in the field. He wrote several classical books on magic, including Forging Ahead in Magic and Marvels of Mystery. In total, he published 19 books and hundreds of articles on topics as varied as conjuring, homiletics, history, and travel.

Rev. Booth is survived by his daughter, Barbara Booth Christie, of Wilbraham, MA, two grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. His wife, Edith, died in 1982 after 40 years of marriage.

Services of remembrance were held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach, CA, and the Adventurer’s Club in Los Angeles, CA. Additionally, a Broken Wand Ceremony took place at his Magic Ring 96.

Please send messages of condolence to Barbara Booth Christie, P.O. Box 55, Wilbraham, MA 01095-0055.

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In Memory . . . William J. Metzger (1936-2010)

Posted By Jessica Cambio, Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Reverend Dr. William J. Metzger died on Jan. 30, 2010, in Denton, Texas. He was 73 years old.
Rev. Metzger was born on December 23, 1936, in Mitchell, South Dakota, to William J. and Tillie Metzger. He graduated from South Dakota State University in 1958 with a degree in Journalism. After a career as reporter and editor with newspapers in Iowa, South Dakota, and Wisconsin, he joined United Migrant Opportunity Services. There he worked to improve conditions for migrant workers and taught English as a Second Language and Adult Basic Education. He was a co-founder and partner of Organization Training Associates, Inc. in Milwaukee, which designed adult education programs for individuals and organizations. Among these were programs on organizational development and conflict management offered to area businesses, government organizations, and churches in Milwaukee, Chicago, and Minneapolis. During those years, he served as a member of the Greater Milwaukee Conference on Religion and Urban Affairs and on the Waukesha Board of Education. Additionally, he became increasingly involved in the leadership of the Unitarian Church West in Brookfield, Wisconsin, eventually determining to become a UU minister.

In 1979, Rev. Metzger earned a Master of Divinity from the University of Chicago and a Doctor of Ministry from Meadville Lombard Theological School. He was ordained in 1978 at the Unitarian Church West in Brookfield, WI, before being called to the UU Church in Elgin, IL, where he served for 7 years. He joined the staff of the Theosophical Society in America and served as editor of The American Theosophist, their monthly journal, and founding editor of the society’s magazine, Quest – a quarterly journal of philosophy, religion, science, and the arts.

After 10 years with the Society, Rev. Metzger joined the professional interim ministry program for the Unitarian Universalist Association and served the following congregations: First Unitarian Universalist Society, Marietta, GA; First Universalist Church, Rochester, NY; Unitarian Universalist Church, Huntsville, AL; Third Unitarian Church, Chicago, IL; Countryside Church UU, Palatine, IL; The First UU Church of Nashville, TN; and First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, PA. In 2007, he served as co-minister with his wife, Rev. Diana Heath, at the Denton, Texas UU Fellowship, where he served until his retirement in April 2009.

Rev. Metzger leaves his wife, Rev. Diana Heath; his son, David Metzger of Elgin, Illinois, daughter-in-law, Jessica, and grandson Nick; his daughter, Christine Dziawura of Phoenix, Arizona, son-in-law Mark, and grandsons Connor and Cole; and sister, Dorothy Johnson of Minnesota. He was preceded in death by his spouse of 37 years, Sarah Castle, and his sister, Donna.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Living Tradition Fund which provides scholarships for seminary students. You may send contributions to UUA Living Tradition Fund, 25 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108.

A memorial service was held at the Denton UU Fellowship, Denton, Texas, Rev. Davidson Loehr officiating, with Rev. Dennis Hamilton, on behalf of Southwest UUMA colleagues. A second memorial service took place at the UU Church of Elgin, Illinois, Rev. Dan Brosier officiating.

Please send notes of condolence to Rev. Diana Heath, 1111 Cordell Street, Denton, Texas 76201.

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In Memory . . . Robert Sumner Wolley (1927-2009)

Posted By Jessica Cambio, Thursday, May 13, 2010

It is with a sense of loss that the Ministry and Professional Leadership Staff Group informs you of the death of the Reverend Robert Sumner Wolley. He died peacefully on December 25, 2009. He was 82 years old.

Rev. Wolley was born on July 23, 1927, in Medford, Massachusetts to Sumner and Gladys Wolley. He spent most of his boyhood summers on Cape Cod in Wellfleet. He attended Tufts University but his education was interrupted by a paralyzing back injury. Told he might never walk again, he not only walked but had brief careers in baseball and hockey. He returned to school at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY, where he earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in ministry.

Rev. Wolley served churches in Winchester, MA; Henderson, NY; Parishville, NY; and Hopkinton, NY, before his graduation from St. Lawrence. After graduation, he was called to the Universalist Church in Swampscott, MA, where he was ordained in 1951. The Swampscott church later merged with the First Universalist Parish of Lynn, MA. In 1954, he was called to the Second Universalist Church in South Weymouth, MA, and served there for four years until being recruited for the position of Director of Extension for the Universalist Church of America. He held this position for three years until the Unitarian and Universalist merger, then for eight additional years for the UUA. During his years as Universalist Extension Director, he also served as Superintendent to churches in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Quebec.

Rev. Wolley was active in denominational affairs. He served as member of the Joint Interim Commission, Council of Liberal Churches; secretary of the Joint Merger Commission; vice-president of the Universalist Historical Society and editor of its journal; director of Young Adult Conference, Ferry Beach, Maine; and many other positions.

Devoting his later years to writing, he published an adventure book trilogy, Death of the Jaguar; a fictional account of his early childhood, The Pranks an' Enlightenment of Frank an' Me; and a series of books about concerns of aging. These included Seniors in Love: A Second Chance for Single, Divorced, and Widowed Seniors and The Greatest Companion: Reflections on Life, Love, and Marriage After Sixty. His final book, Aging and Its Discontents: Finding Meaning in Your Senior Years, is scheduled for release in the spring of 2010. The books on aging were the books of which he was most proud.

Rev. Wolley is survived by his children, Cheryl Gartland, her husband, Dewey, and their daughter, Carolyn, of Brooklyn, NY; Andrea Wolley of Boston, MA; and Charles Wolley, his wife, Lauren, and their son, Jason, of Melbourne, Australia and Punta Gorda, FL. He also leaves his brother Philip Wolley of Searsport, ME. His wife, Marilyn, died in 1995. A private memorial service is planned.

Memorial contributions may be made in Rev. Wolley’s name to the Salvation Army, 615 Slaters Lane, P.O. Box 269, Alexandria, VA 22313 or the World Wildlife Fund, 1250 Twenty-Fourth Street, NW, P.O. Box 97180, Washington, DC 20090-7180.

Please send notes of condolence to Cheryl Gartland, 413 Caton Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11218.

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