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Rev. Dr. Árpád Szabó 1935-2010

Posted By Janette M. Lallier, Friday, October 1, 2010

The Consistory of the Transylvanian Unitarian Church announces with deep sorrow the decease of its retired leader, Rev. Dr. Árpád Szabó, the 30th bishop of the Transylvanian Unitarian Church, who passed away on 30 September 2010, at the age of 76, following a year of hard illness endured with dignity and good faith.

During his lifetime he worked to promote the fulfilment of the centuries-old, historic mission of the Unitarian church, and served its needs with devoted enthusiasm, at convenient and inconvenient times. "Ye are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid!” he preached the gospel of Jesus: the experience of God’s provident love, the responsible vocation of the Christian people, and the preserving power of a religious community.

He was born in 1935 in an ancient Unitarian village along the valley of the Homoród, and he studied in Városfalva, Székelykeresztúr and Kolozsvár, where he obtained his ministerial degree between 1953-1957. He started his career in the church as a secretary to the bishop between 1958-1965, later as the minister of the downtown Kolozsvár congregation between 1965-1976. In 1974 he became the professor of Unitarian biblical theology at the Protestant Theological Institute, and in 1977-1978, the scholarship holder of the Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago. In 1996 the Synod elected him as the 30th bishop of the church, reinforcing his title in 2002. He retired in 2008, after half of a century of church service.

The first part of his service passed in a period of great tribulations in church history, while the second part fell in times of opened perspectives. He fulfilled his mission with responsibility and commitment in both periods. As a minister, he called the attention of his parishioners upon the providing care of God and His power to preserve the community. As a teacher, he worked for the aim of passing on his knowledge in theological science and the vocation of ministry to the young generations. As a bishop, he sought to find orientation among newly appearing opportunities, and urged the spiritual and financial strengthening of the church. His attention was also extended on intellectual needs: by his own example, he encouraged the pursuance of theological sciences and literature, and the editing of church periodicals. The restarting of the denominational schools and their development into quality educational institutions, the strengthening of the church institutions, the constructions of new church buildings, and the promotion of international relations are all good evidence for his devoted, conscious, responsible service.

His funeral service will take place on Monday, the 4th of October 2010, at the Unitarian church of downtown Kolozsvár, from where he will be accompanied to the cemetery of Házsongárd.

May his memory be blessed!

Kolozsvár, 30 September 2010. The Consistory of the Transylvanian Unitarian Church

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In Memory... Jean Cook Brown (1936 - 2010)

Posted By Jessica Cambio, Thursday, September 30, 2010
JEAN COOK BROWN (1936 - 2010)

It is with a sense of loss that the Ministries and Faith Development
staff group informs you of the death of the Reverend Jean Cook Brown.
She died on August 17, 2010 at Avery Heights Assisted Living Facility in
Hartford, CT.  Her death was peaceful and her children were beside her.
Rev. Brown was 74 years old.

Rev. Brown was born on September 21, 1936 in Manchester, CT, to Aaron
Cook and Elizabeth LeShay Cook.  She graduated from Connecticut College
in 1958 with an economics degree and from the University of Hartford
with a Masters in Education in 1964.

While teaching third grade at the Roaring Brook School in Avon, CT, she
attended the UU Church of West Hartford where she had been married.  She
volunteered as a Sunday school teacher and thus began five decades of
dedicated service to the congregation.  As her involvement in the church
- especially in the Religious Education program - grew, it led to her
employment in 1973 as Assistant to the Minister and then as the Director
of Religious Education.

As Director of Religious Education, Rev. Brown created and led many
programs for children and their families, including weekend family
retreats.  She especially enjoyed inviting the children to slumber
parties at the church as "a way for them to feel that the church was
their home.”  Under Rev. Brown’s leadership, the religious education
program grew from 70 to more than 300 children.

Rev. Brown’s commitment to the church continued to grow and deepen.  She
broadened her involvement with the church by preaching and providing
pastoral care and she began to think about the ministry.  She enrolled
in the Independent Study Program of the UUA, graduating in 1992.  She
also earned her Masters of Religious Studies from Hartford Seminary in
the same year.  In 1993, she was ordained and called by the West
Hartford congregation to be their first Minister of Religious Education.
She served in that capacity until 2004, when she became part-time
Minister for Pastoral Care so she could spend more time with her
husband.  She retired in 2008 and was named Minister Emerita the
following year.

Rev. Brown provided leadership to other UU churches through her
involvement with the RE Team of the UUMA Connecticut Valley District.
She chaired that group for a number of years.  She also volunteered at
Prudence Crandell Women’s Center for victims of domestic violence.

Rev. Jan Nielsen, current minister in West Hartford, wrote in a letter
to the congregation, "Throughout her service to our congregation, Jean
ministered with thoughtfulness and creativity and she was a warm and
vital pastoral presence to people of all ages.”

Survivors include her husband, James Cashel Brown; her children,
Christopher Lyman Brown of Los Angeles, Roger Lindsey Brown of Hartford,
and Bettina Ann Brown of Cape Cod.  She also leaves her sisters,
Elizabeth Gabel and Amory Stansfield and her sister-in-law, Patricia
Cook.

Donations in honor of Rev. Brown may be made to the Commemorative Fund
of the Universalist Church, 433 Fern Street, West Hartford, CT 06107.
Funds will be used to restore Rev. Brown’s favorite stained glass
window, the Good Shepherd.

A Service to celebrate the life of Rev. Brown was held at the
Universalist Church of West Hartford, CT.  Please send notes of
condolence to Rev. Brown’s children c/o Universalist Church of West
Hartford, 433 Fern Street, West Hartford, CT 06107-2002.

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In Memory... Paul W. Sawyer (1934 - 2010)

Posted By Jessica Cambio, Thursday, September 30, 2010

PAUL W. SAWYER (1934 - 2010)

 

It is with a sense of loss that the Ministries and Faith Development Staff Group informs you of the death of the Reverend Paul W. Sawyer.  He died on June 23, 2010, at home in Pasadena, CA.  His death was peaceful and his wife, Susan, was beside him.  Rev. Sawyer was 75 years old.

 

Born on June 27, 1934, in Lynn, Massachusetts, to Alan F. and Ruth E. Anthony Sawyer, Rev. Sawyer graduated from Philips Andover Academy in 1953, Harvard in 1955, and Starr King School for the Ministry in 1958.  His first church was in Van Nuys, CA.  While there he led the effort to build a new sanctuary.  He enlisted the UU architect, Frank Ehrenthal, and the result was "the onion,” a distinctive bulbous-shaped building erected in North Hills, CA, for the Sepulveda UU Society.

 

In 1967 he began what he called "a unique, self-organized, continent-wide teaching and preaching, community organizing ministry.”  In Seattle, he led the Free University and was involved with a group that published a weekly underground newspaper, The Helix, and established an annual art festival (the Bumbershoot festival) still held today.  In 1969, he joined the faculty of Starr King School where he taught UU history as well as American and Chinese cultural studies.  This affiliation continued for more than 20 years.  He offered seminars and workshops throughout the country on arts and religion, worship and ritual, and poetry; and he worked as a street minister for the Berkeley Emergency Food Project. He produced a film to celebrate the 200th anniversary of John Murray’s arrival in America which was shown at General Assembly in 1970.

 

Rev. Sawyer was known for peace and social justice work throughout his life.  He was among the many UU ministers who answered the call from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to join him in Selma in 1965 to march for civil rights. In 1977, he was called to serve the Berkeley Fellowship and remained there for 16 years.  While there, he involved himself in the work of the Livermore Action Group, a peace and anti-nuclear movement; the Sanctuary Movement for Central American refugees; and the Inter-Faith Middle East Peace Group, among others.  He was arrested more than 60 times over the course of his lifetime, including for blocking the gates of San Quentin prison in protest of California’s death penalty.

 

Rev. Sawyer traveled to China, Japan, the Ukraine, and the former Soviet Union. He was appointed in 1993 by UUA President, William Schulz, as emissary to Russia and the Ukraine.  With his wife, Susan, and accompanied by their son, Alexander, he worked with a group of local residents to establish UU fellowships in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

 

The author of several books of poetry, he also wrote the essay on worship for the 1963 edition of the UU Pocket Guide.  Rev. Sawyer published his final book, "Untold Story: A Short Narrative History of Our Time,” two months before his death.

 

Rev. Sawyer also served the Shoreline Unitarian Church in Shoreline, WA; the UU Congregation in Salem, OR; UU Church of the North Hills, Pittsburgh, PA; First Unitarian Society of Plainfield, NJ; Throop UU Church in Pasadena, CA; Monte Vista UU Congregation, Montclair, CA; and the UU Fellowship in Chico, CA.  The Throop congregation named him minister emeritus.  He delivered his last sermon from his wheelchair at the Sepulveda UU Society just three days before his death.

 

Rev. Sawyer is survived by his wife, Susan Sawyer, and his children, Sharlyn, Shanda, Katherine, Adam, and Alexander; a brother, Alan, and a sister, Charlotte Lacey.

 

A memorial service is planned for 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 25, 2010, at the Sepulveda UU Society, 9550 Haskell Ave. North Hills, California 91343.  Please send notes of condolence to Susan Sawyer, 1500 N. Chester Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91104.

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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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