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In Memory of . . . Lawrence M. Hamby (1926-2011)

Posted By Janette M. Lallier, Monday, September 26, 2011
The Rev. Lawrence M. Hamby died on August 28, 2011. He was 85 years old.

Rev. Hamby was born in Atlanta, GA, on February 25, 1926, to L.M. and Ethel (Mills) Hamby. Rev. Hamby graduated with a BA from Emory University in 1948 and Tufts University's Crane Theological School in 1962 with a Bachelor of Divinity degree.

He served at the Community Church of New Orleans, where he was ordained in 1962; the Unitarian Congregational Society of Grafton, MA; the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg, PA; and the All Souls Unitarian Church of Augusta, ME. In later years, he served as a Chaplain in the Civil Air Patrol of the UA Air Force in Brunswick, GA.

Rev. Hamby served as the Membership and Growth Chair for the Unitarian Universalists of Coastal Georgia. He also served on the board of the Unitarian Universalist Retired Ministers and Partners Association.

A celebration of the life of Rev. Larry Hamby will take place on Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens, 780 Timothy Rd., Athens, GA.

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In Memory of . . . John A. "Jack" Taylor (1931-2011)

Posted By Janette M. Lallier, Tuesday, August 9, 2011
The Rev. John A. "Jack” Taylor died on July 29, 2011. He was 79 years old.

Rev. Taylor was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on August, 20, 1931, to H. Albert and Sara Ellen (Townsend) Taylor. Rev. Taylor received his BA from Oklahoma City University in 1953 and his Master of Divinity from Boston University School of Theology in 1956. He was ordained by the Methodist Church in Stockton, California, on June 18, 1958.

While in seminary, Rev. Taylor served as assistant to the Dean of Marsh Chapel at Boston University, Dr. Howard Thurman, who would have a profound influence on his ministerial career. Rev. Taylor served at Methodist churches on the west coast immediately following ordination before transferring to the Unitarian ministry in 1960 and being called as interim minister to the First Unitarian Society in Sacramento, CA. He went on to serve as assistant minister at the First Unitarian Society in Madison, WI before being called to serve as minister at the Amherst Unitarian Church in Amherst, MA and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana, IL. In 1968 answered the call to take on the role of minister at the Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples in San Francisco, a liberal, interracial church founded by Dr. Howard Thurman. Returning to Unitarian ministry in 1971, Rev. Taylor began what would be a 25 year long ministry at the First Unitarian Society of Ithaca, NY. Following retirement he was named minister emeritus by the Ithaca congregation and chaplain emeritus by Cornell University. From 1972 until his retirement in 1996, Rev. Taylor was heard each Sunday morning on "A Word for Sunday” broadcast over radio station WHCU in Ithaca. He is the author of Notes on an Unhurried Journey, published in 1991.

Among his many community activities, Rev. Taylor was a member of the Board of Cornell United Religious Work, a member of the Board of Tompkins County (NY) Planned Parenthood, president of the Tompkins County NY Religious Workers Association, chair of the Vietnamese Welcoming Committee (resettlement of refugees), chair of the City of Ithaca Commons Advisory Board and a member of the Task Force on Downtown Ithaca. At Foxdale Village, he was a member of the Corporate Board of Directors, clerk of the Residents Marketing Advisory Committee, Vice President of the Foxdale Residents Association and a member of a variety of committees and interest groups. He was also the originator of Foxdale’s Film Festival.

Rev. Taylor is survived by his wife of 55 years, Barbara R. Taylor; his daughter, Lyn S. Kalnitz and her husband, Robert of Rochester, NY; and his son, Scot R. Taylor and his wife, Jana of Ithaca, NY along with their children, Alexander and Kaitlyn.

A memorial service for Rev. Taylor will be held at the First Unitarian Society of Ithaca, 208 East Buffalo St., Ithaca, NY on August 28, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Memorial donations may be sent to a community service organization of your choice.

Notes of condolence may be sent to his wife, Barbara Taylor, 500 East Marilyn Ave. Apt. H129, State College, PA 16801.

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In Memory of . . . James Chandler “Chan” Newton (1945- 2011)

Posted By Janette M. Lallier, Thursday, July 21, 2011
The Rev. James Chandler "Chan” Newton died on May 11, 2011. He was 66 years old.

Rev. Newton was born in Salem, Massachusetts, on January 26, 1945, to James F. and Ruth (Marden) Newton. Rev. Newton graduated from Salem High School in 1962, Dartmouth College in 1966, and Crane Theological Seminary at Tuft’s University and Boston University School of Divinity in 1969 upon receiving his Master’s of Divinity. He was ordained by the Church of the Larger Fellowship in Boston, MA on July 19, 1969.

His first ministry was raising and caring for sixteen foster children at his Plowshares Farm in Raymond, N.H. Rev. Newton trained to be an EMT for the Raymond Ambulance Service and worked as an EMT Chaplain for the local volunteer ambulance for 20 years. He became a mental health case worker at Hampstead State Hospital in Hampstead, N.H. and continued to do pastoral counseling, weddings, funerals, and baptisms for dozens of people in the wider community in what he referred to as a "parish without walls.” In 1991 Rev. Newton became Hospice Chaplain at Seacoast Hospice in Exeter, N.H. He also worked with children and teens in the "Stepping Stones" and "Bridges" grief support programs there. In 1995, he went to work for the Manchester VNA Home Health and Hospice as the Spiritual Care Coordinator, and founded "Camp Phoenix", a summer camp for grieving children and their families. He was awarded "The Good Samaritan Award" by the Manchester Counseling Center. He also worked as a hospital chaplain at the Elliot Hospital in Manchester. In 2006, he became Spiritual Care Director at Mary Immaculate Health Care in Lawrence, MA.

In addition to his extensive lifetime of work as a community minister, he was active in many other pursuits. He was Moderator of the Raymond, NH School District. He raised award-winning goats; many of which went to the Heifer Project and were shipped around the world. Rev. Newton was presented the Medal of Honor by the "Union Leader" and "New Hampshire Sunday News" for an "Outstanding Act of Heroism" in 1992. He also had a small wood business with his son, Dewitt. His passions included: the environment, writing poems and stories, collecting humorous and true life stories from various people he met, woodworking, working in the woods, and, of course, spending time with his family and friends.

Rev. Newton is survived by his wife of 15 years, The Reverend Dr. Virginia (Trask) Jones Newton of Center Sandwich; his daughter, Heather Keymba and her husband Henry of Huntsville, Ala; a step-son, Troy Miller and his wife Julie of Harpers Ferry, W.V.; a sister, Roberta Newton Brown of Watertown; five foster children whom he raised, Janice Manley of Scarborough, Maine, Lisa Cheney of Dover, N.H., David McMillan of Franklin, N.H., David Baldasaro of Plainville, and Michael Twomey of Phoenix; five grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and longtime friends. He was predeceased by two sons, Benjamin Newton and Dewitt Newton.

A memorial gathering for Rev. James Chandler "Chan” Newton took place on Saturday, May 28, at the Manchester Unitarian Universalist Church, 669 Union St., Manchester, NH. A Memorial Service celebrating his life was held the following day, Sunday, May 29 at the church. Donations on behalf of Rev. Newton may be made to the Bereavement Programs, VNA of Manchester and Southern NH, 33 South Commercial St., Suite 401, Manchester, NH 03101, Attention Linda Krisch.

Please send messages of condolence to Rev. Dr. Virginia Jones Newton, 36 Heritage Woods, Center Sandwich, NH 03227.

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In Memory of . . . Wayne Shuttee (1917-2011)

Posted By Janette M. Lallier, Thursday, July 21, 2011
The Rev. Dr. Wayne Shuttee died on June 22, 2011. He was 93 years old.

Rev. Shuttee was born in Joplin, MO, on October 7, 1917, to Harry C. and Evangeline (Canada) Shuttee. Rev. Shuttee graduated from the University of Missouri in 1940 and Meadville Theological School in 1944 with a Bachelor of Divinity degree.

He served at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Cleveland, OH, where he was ordained in 1944; the West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church of Cleveland, OH, where he served as their first minister; and at the Unitarian Society of New Haven in Hamden, CT, where he served for thirty years from 1955 to 1985. Following his retirement he served as Interim Minister at a number of churches: the First Parish of Sudbury, MA; the First Parish in Hingham Old Ship Church, MA; the Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashua, NH; the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence, MA; the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Bridgeport, CT; the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn, MA; the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Huntington, NY; the Unitarian Congregation of Mendon and Upton, MA; The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Northern Westchester, NY; the North Parish of North Andover, MA; the Religious Society of Bell Street Chapel, Providence, RI; the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Milford, NH; and the Mattatuck Unitarian Universalist Society, CT. He was Minister Emeritus at the Unitarian Society of New Haven, in Hamden, CT, where he was also a member.

Rev. Shuttee was active over the years in several community organizations in the New Haven area such as the Yale- New Haven Hospital, the New Haven Youth and Family Services Association, and New Haven Reads Community Book Bank, where he volunteered three times a week running the front desk and packing book orders. He also served on many association boards.

Rev. Shuttee is survived by his wife of almost 64 years, Patricia (Wuliger) Shuttee. He was predeceased by their son Timothy Shuttee.

A celebration of the life of Rev. Wayne Shuttee will be held at the Unitarian Society of New Haven, 700 Hartford Turnpike, Hamden, CT on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Contributions in his memory can be made to the Unitarian Society of New Haven, 700 Hartford Turnpike, Hamden, CT 06517.

Notes of condolence may be sent to his wife Patricia Shuttee, 99 Quaker Rd., Hamden, CT 06517.

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In Memory of . . . David H. Cole (1921-2011)

Posted By Janette M. Lallier, Thursday, July 21, 2011
The Rev. Dr. David H. Cole died on June 27, 2011. He was 90 years old.

Rev. Cole was born in Lynn, MA, on April 5, 1921 to Milton N. and Lorena K. Cole. Rev. Cole graduated from Tufts University in 1945 and Tufts University Crane School of Theology in 1947. He received an honorary doctorate from Meadville Lombard and the University of Chicago in 2005.

He served at the UU Church in Danvers, MA, where he was ordained in 1947; the First Universalist Society of Chicago, IL; the Unitarian Universalist Church in Urbana, IL; the Unitarian Church of Rockville, MD; and the West Shore Unitarian Church in Rocky River, OH. Following retirement, he served as Interim Minister at the Benevolent Fraternity of Unitarian Universalist Churches in Boston, MA; the Pacific Unitarian Church of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA; the Southwest Unitarian Universalist Church of Strongsville, OH; Olmstead Unitarian Universalist Church in Olmstead, OH; the Unitarian Universalist Church of Surprise, AZ; the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock in Manhasset, Long Island, NY. Through summers and after the family moved to Maine, Rev. Cole welcomed the invitation to preach at the Midcoast Unitarian Universalist fellowship in Edgecomb, ME, from 1963-2007 (now meeting in Damariscotta, ME). He was Minister Emeritus at West Shore Unitarian Church of Rocky River, OH.

Rev. Cole was an active and longtime member on many boards and committees within the denomination and within the greater communities in which he and his family lived. As a strong proponent of a world community, he traveled to Germany after WWII for the UU Service Committee to help set up housing for displaced children and orphans. He also was an advocate of Palestinian issues following visits to Israel. He was a delegate at conferences of the International Association for Religious Freedom in Belgium and Transylvania and traveled to Prague on aid missions to help revitalize their historic congregation. He was instrumental in the founding of the Society for Larger Ministry (now known as the Society for Community Ministries) and served as its first chair.

His hobbies included sailing on the Maine coast every summer, carpentry, gardening, tennis, golf, and playing bridge or cribbage with his friends, for whom he held great affection. He also enjoyed meeting annually in Sudbury, MA, with the clergy study group, the Fraters of the Wayside Inn.

Rev. Cole is survived by his wife of 47 years, Iska (Jurasek-Godsey) Cole along with their children (and partners); Lynda and Albert Hurt of Spokane, WA; Karen and Monte Edelstein of Newcastle, ME; Cynthia and Lyle Johanson of Spokane, WA; Kevin and Katie Godsey of Marble Hill, MO; Gloria Martin of Wrentham, MA; Victoria Staples and partner Victor of Glen Allen, VA; and Steven Cole of Cleveland, OH. He also left several grandchildren; Natalie and Sydney Martin; Justin Bickson and partner Rylee with great- granddaughter, Teagyn; and Joshua and Melissa Eager with great-grandchildren, Ryan and Jason.

A celebration of the life of Rev. Dr. David H. Cole will be held at the Midcoast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, which meets at the Skidompha Public Library, 184 Main St., Damariscotta, ME on Sunday, July 31 at 11:30 A.M. and a formal memorial service will be held at the West Shore Unitarian Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River, OH on Saturday, August 13 at 4:00 p.m.

Notes of condolence may be sent to his wife Iska Cole, 7 Outlook Lane, Brunswick, ME 04011.

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In Memory of . . . Dorothy W. Kimble (1942-2011)

Posted By Janette M. Lallier, Thursday, July 21, 2011
The Rev. Dorothy W. Kimble died on July 1, 2011. She was 69 years old.

Rev. Kimble was born in Natick, MA, on May 27, 1942, to Joseph and Edith (Carter) Wilson. Rev. Kimble received her RN from the Beth Israel School of Nursing in 1963, her BA from Framingham State College in 1976, and her Master of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School in 1981.

Rev. Kimble was ordained on May 3, 1981, at the First Congregational Unitarian Church in Northborough, MA. She was called to serve as minister at the Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson in Hudson, MA; the Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta, ME; and the First Parish Church of Groton, MA. She also served as interim minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Waterville, ME, and the Hopedale Unitarian Parish in Hopedale, MA.

Prior to, and during, her ministry Rev. Kimble held positions as an operating room nurse, a psychiatric nurse on a hospital psychiatric unit, a mental health nurse providing in home care, and as the care coordinator in both an assisted living facility and a residential home for mentally ill teenagers. She decided to make the move to ministry because, although she loved taking care of people on a physical level, she felt "something was decidedly missing…of course, it turned out to be the spiritual dimension.” Rev. Kimble once stated that she didn’t feel she had left nursing, but "only that (she’d) changed (her) focus in regards to how (she) want(ed) to help others to help themselves.” After retirement, she continued this mission as she took on what she referred to as the best job she ever had - homeschooling her eldest grandson.

Rev. Kimble enjoyed writing sermons, poetry and articles on the topic of nursing. In 1992, she received an award from Ministerial Sisterhood Unitarian Universalism for a sermon entitled, "Glorious Woman,” and in 1993, "Sacred Trust: Ministering to Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse,” was published by the Alban Institute.

Rev. Kimble is survived by her husband of 47 years, Stanley Kimble; her daughters, Diane Kimble Willcutts and Laurie Kimble of West Hartford, CT; and her grandchildren, Ty Kimble Padula, Pandora Kimble Willcutts, and Emerson Kimble Willcutts. She also leaves her brothers, Joseph Wilson of West Peterboro, NH and Clifford Wilson of Ashland, MA, and her sister, Terri Hendy of Nipomo, CA.

A memorial service is planned for Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Parish Church, 40 Church St., Northborough, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice at VNA Healthcare, 103 Woodland St., Hartford, CT 06105 or the Farmington River Watershed Association, 749 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury, CT 06070.

Notes of condolence may be sent to her husband Stanley Kimble, 22 Duffield Dr., West Hartford, CT 06107.

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In Memory of . . . Herbert R. Adams (1932-2011)

Posted By Janette M. Lallier, Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Rev. Dr. Herbert R. Adams died on March 18, 2011. He was 78 years old.  Rev. Adams was born in Philadelphia, PA, on April 19, 1932, to Leander H. and Helen R (Richards) Adams. Rev. Adams graduated from Colby College in 1954, where he was involved in theatre productions and won the Levine Prize for Public Speaking, and Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1972. He also attended Harvard Divinity School, Theil College, Kent State, and Boston University.

He served at the Follen Church Society in Lexington, MA, where he was ordained in 1968; Lake Shore Unitarian Society in Winnetka, IL; First Universalist Church of West Paris, ME; First Universalist Church of South Paris, ME; and the First Universalist Church of Norway, ME. He also served interim ministries at the First Unitarian Society of Ithaca, NY; the UU Congregation of Santa Fe, NM; and the UU Fellowship of Charlotte County in Port Charlotte, FL. He was Minister Emeritus at the First Universalist Church in West Paris, ME, where he was also a member.

In addition to his career in the ministry, Rev. Adams was a textbook editor and developer at several companies, the last of which was Laidlaw Brothers, a subsidiary of Doubleday & Company, where he served as President and CEO. He also taught English in public schools in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Massachusetts, and Maine and served as a principal of the Middle School in the Oxford Hills school district in Maine.

Rev. Adams began his ministry while a student at Colby College, ordained by the Fairfield Methodist Church where he served on weekends. Later while still at Colby, he commuted to Scarborough to serve the Pine Point Congregational Church, where he also served full time after his graduation. He left there in 1956 to study at Harvard Divinity School.

While in the Unitarian ministry, he authored a curriculum for church schools for the Unitarian Universalist Association Department of Education entitled "Project Listening,” based upon his doctoral research and thesis about the importance of empathic listening. Later while in the publishing business, he co-authored a book, "Listening Your Way to Management Success.”

Rev. Adams was a past president of the Norway Paris Kiwanis Club and various civic organizations in the Oxford Hills and Lovell. He had a particular interest in lakes conservation. He enjoyed Heald Pond, his summer home of 42 years, golf, fishing, poker, theatre, and jazz music. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his extensive extended family.

Rev. Adams is survived by his wife of 34 years, Mary Ryan Adams; his sister Anne Adams; and his four children, Ashley, Joshua, Lee, and Rachel Adams; three step children, Ande Hall, Ken Hill, and Rich Hill; twelve grandchildren, Sam, Jill, Vanessa, Rebecca, Jonno, Hannah, Tucker, Reuben, Calvin, Jenny, Ezra, and Nora; five nieces and nephews; and his faithful Boston Terrier, Betty Boop. He was predeceased by two brothers, Hampton and Jon B. Adams.

A celebration of the life of Rev. Dr. Herbert R. Adams will be held at the First Universalist Church of Norway, 479 Main St., Norway, Maine on April 23, 2011, at 1:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Rev. Adams’s memory to the West Paris Universalist Church, P.O. Box 36, West Paris, ME 04289, or to the First Universalist Church of Norway, 479 Main St., Norway, ME 04268.

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In Memory of . . . Virginia P. Knowles (1924-2011)

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Rev. Dr. Virginia Perin Knowles died on January 23, 2011 after a long decline. She was 87 years old.  Rev. Knowles was born in Washington, D.C., on January 10, 1924 to Bernard K. Perin and Virginia Protzman Perin. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1945 with a BA in Liberal Arts, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 1948 with an MA in International Affairs, University of Chicago in 1976 with a Masters of Divinity and Meadville Lombard Theological School in 1979 with a Doctor of Ministry degree. She also studied at the Sorbonne and the University of Mexico during the 1940’s.

She served as the Director of Religious Education at Mt. Vernon Unitarian Church in Alexandria, VA and at Beverly Unitarian Church in Chicago, IL. Upon completion of her theological studies, she was called as minister to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City, CA. Following her time spent in Redwood City, she served as interim minister at both the Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana Champaign in Urbana, IL and the First Unitarian Church of Louisville, KY. Rev. Knowles was next called to State College, PA where she served as minister of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County. Following this period, she served as interim minister at the First Universalist Church of Rochester in Rochester, NY, the Unitarian Church North in Mequon, WI, and finally at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church in Adelphi, MD until 1992 at which time she retired from full-time ministry. Following retirement she served as a consulting minister at the First Unitarian Church in Lynchburg, VA. She served on the governing boards of various denominational organizations over the years including the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office, UU Collegium, and UU’s for Social Justice in the DC region.

Prior to her ministry, Rev. Knowles worked in Paris for the U.S. Foreign Service and was subsequently accepted, along with a small group of other women, into an exalted and predominantly male program at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Upon completion, she was recruited by the newly organized CIA to work with refugees and ex-patriots from Eastern Europe. Her husband at the time, Ed Knowles, worked alongside her at the CIA. While stationed in Munich she gave birth to twins, one of whom was learning disabled as a result of a brain injury. The twins were soon followed by the birth of another child, Jeffrey. While her children were young, she began working as Director of Religious Education and Assistant to the Minister at the First Parish in Cambridge, MA. With money being scarce for the newly divorced mother of three, she took a more lucrative position with the Office (now Department) of Education as an international specialist. Eight years later with her children grown, and upon the advent of what she, and others, termed "women’s lib” she made the decision to rethink her life plans and enter the ministry, once again choosing a path that few women had traversed. Rev. Knowles, when writing in 1975 of her decision to enter the ministry, asked herself what in life gave her the most lasting satisfaction. Her answer follows: "Developing ideas which give some coherence to life in this galaxy, realizing again with companions of all ages that our work in a common cause can sometimes make a difference, discovering that I can inspire friends to try new ways or see some light through darkness, these are for me what make life worth living. Most fulfilling of all I find sharing with my fellows the awesome variety and depth of ways we cope with being human on this earth.”

Rev. Knowles is survived by her children Edward Christopher "Kit” Knowles and Katherine Perin Knowles of Tucson, AZ. Her youngest son, Jeffrey Knowles, died in 2007 at the age of 56.

A service to celebrate the life of Rev. Dr. Virginia P. Knowles was held on Sunday, March 6, at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church of Adelphi, MD where she was a member. Rev. Diane Teichert officiated at the memorial service.

Please send messages of condolence to family friend, Marge Owens, 119 Northway, Greenbelt, MD 20770.

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In Memory of . . . James D. Hunt (1931-2011)

Posted By Janette M. Lallier, Monday, February 28, 2011

The Rev. Dr. James D. Hunt died on January 12, 2011. He was 79 years old.  Dr. Hunt was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, on March 28, 1931, to Richard and Elizabeth D. Hunt. He later became stepson to John L. Daneker. Dr. Hunt graduated from East Greenwich, R.I. High School in 1948, Tufts College in 1952, and Boston University in 1958 upon receiving his Masters of Theology. He earned a Ph.D. from Syracuse University in 1965. His thesis was "James Luther Adams and his Demand for an Effective Religious Liberalism.”

He served as Associate Minister at Medford Hillside Universalist Church in Medford, MA, and Assistant Minister at Rockport Universalist Church in Rockport, MA, before being called to Acton Community University Church of South Acton, MA, where he served from 1954-1958 and where he was ordained in 1955. He also served as an Interim Minister for a summer at Blanchester Universalist Church in Blanchester, OH, and later as Minister of Cortland Universalist Church in Cortland, NY, from 1958-1961. In addition, he served at the First Unitarian Society of Albany, NY while a doctoral student.

Dr. Hunt made the decision to leave active ministry and devote his full attention to his academic pursuits in 1961. While earning his Ph.D. at Syracuse, he joined the faculty of the Dept. of Religion. After receiving his doctorate, Hunt joined the faculty of Tufts School of Religion - Crane Theological School in 1965. Upon its closure in 1968, Dr. Hunt found his ultimate and permanent home at Shaw University in Raleigh, NC, through a civil rights era program that placed white professors at predominantly black colleges in the South.

For almost 30 years he was a Professor of Ethics and Religion at Shaw University. He had a passion for fairness and justice, which led him to study the philosophies of Mohandas K. Gandhi. He published four books on Mahatma Gandhi; Gandhi’s own grandson, Gopal Gandhi, noted Dr. Hunt’s ability to write and speak on Gandhi in an objective way. Hunt, like Gandhi, was an ardent proponent of non-violent protest. He was an activist for social change throughout the course of his life, from his engagement in the Civil Rights Movement through his struggle to put an end to the death penalty. Hunt was involved with Amnesty International, ACLU, Witness for Peace, Peace Action, CITCA, People of Faith against the Death Penalty, and the Congress of Racial Equality. His passions also extended to cycling, reading, hiking, folk dancing, playing the recorder, singing, travel and of course, his family.

Dr. Hunt is survived by his wife Jane (Henry) Hunt and his children, their partners, and his grandchildren - Sarah, Bob and Rivers; Nathan, Dove, Hannele and Pascal; Priscilla, Doug, Tasker and Owen; Jennifer, Marty, Caleb, Zachary and Hannah. Along with Jane, they are most grateful for his life.

A celebration of the life of Dr. James D. Hunt was held on Friday, February 18, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh, NC. Contributions can be made to the Memorial Fund of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 3313 Wade Ave., Raleigh, NC 27606.

Please send messages of condolence to Jane Hunt, 120 Pineland Cir, Raleigh, NC 27606-1313.

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In Memory of . . . Robert F. Kaufmann

Posted By Janette M. Lallier, Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Updated: Monday, February 28, 2011

The Rev. Dr. Robert F. Kaufmann died on December 21, 2010 of bone cancer. Dr. Kaufmann was 89 years old.

Dr. Kaufmann was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on April 24, 1921, to Melvin and Vera Kaufmann. In 1970, at the age of 48, he received his M.Div. from Starr King School. He earned a Ph.D. in Psychology from United States International University in 1975.

He was called to the Emerson Unitarian Church in Canoga Park, CA, serving from 1969 to 1973, and was ordained there in 1970. In 1973, he was called to the Throop UU Church in Pasadena, CA, serving until 1985.

Dr. Kaufmann then began a series of interim ministries that spanned many years. He served at the following churches: Unitarian Church of Auckland, New Zealand; the Unitarian Church of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia; Fourth Universalist Society, New York, NY; UU Congregation of Columbia, MD; UU Church of Long Beach, CA; UU Church of Studio City, CA; East Shore Unitarian Church, Bellevue, WA; First Unitarian Church, Berkeley, CA; UU Fellowship of Boca Raton, FL; First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, MN; New York Society for Ethical Culture; First UU Congregation of the Palm Beaches, FL; and UUs of San Mateo, CA. Many of these interim ministries resulted in substantial increases in attendance, membership, and pledging. The Long Beach congregation named him Minister Emeritus in 1991 in recognition of his accomplishments as their interim.

Dr. Kaufmann served the denomination as President and Good Officer of the Pacific Southwest Chapter of the UU Ministers Association. He also served on the Advisory Council for Accredited Interim Ministers. "Bob Kaufmann’s Mad World,” a satirical news column published in UU World among other papers, was named the nation’s best in the Variety of Topics category by the National Newspaper Association in 1968.

Active at the local and national level in numerous organizations, Dr. Kaufmann chaired the Board of the Southern California Urban Coalition and was president of the Pasadena Chapter of ACLU. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Pasadena NAACP; the National Committee on Prevention & Control of Delinquency, I. A. C. P; and Mothers Against Drunk Driving. He received the Distinguished Community Service Award from the National Urban Coalition. Most recently, Dr. Kaufmann presided over The Ethical Community Charter School Foundation, an organization which opened two charter schools in Fall 2009.

Prior to studying for the ministry, Dr. Kaufmann worked in a variety of professions - business, finance, journalism, television, public relations, and construction. He wrote for the Alan Young Show and recorded a comedy album for Decca Records, "A Trip Through A Blown Mind.” His poetry has appeared in several anthologies and recently he self-published "I Love You, I Think, Or I Would If I Knew What It Meant: 27 Chapters of Wit & Wisdom on Life, Laughter, and Love.” (

Dr. Kaufmann is survived by his wife Arlene; his daughter, Susan Kaufmann of Bellevue, WA; his son, Richard Kaufmann, and daughter-in-law, Pamela Kaufmann of San Diego, CA; a grandson, Robert Kendrick, and granddaughter, Dana Kendrick, both of Bellevue, WA.

A celebration of the life of Dr. Robert Kaufmann will be held on Sunday, January 23, at 2:00 p.m. at East Shore Unitarian Church, 12700 Southeast 32nd Street, Bellevue, WA. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, you may donate to The Ethical Culture Charter School Foundation (TECCS) at,or by sending a check to: Dr. Judith D. Wallach, Vice President, 101 Central Park West, 1A, New York, NY 10023-4250.

Please send messages of condolence to Arlene Kaufmann, 401 – 100th Ave. NE #326, Bellevue, WA 98004.

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