1997 Distinguished Alumni/ae

Wilbur Choy

Wilbur W.Y. Choy (MDiv '49, DD '69) is the first Asian-American Bishop of the United Methodist Church, named to the episcopacy in 1972. Choy served parishes in Stockton and Sacramento, CA and was District Superintendent of the Bay View District from 1969-1972. As bishop, he was president of the UMC Council of Bishops from 1983-1984. Choy also sat on the Executive Committee of the National Conference of Chinese Churches. An active member of the PSR Board of Trustees from 1970–1984, Choy worked to strengthen PSR's focus on Pacific Basin cross-cultural dialogue, diversity and excellence in ministry. "Bishop Choy's commitment to equality, liberation and a world free from racism and war are evident to all," wrote Board Chair Robert Riddell on behalf of the trustees in 1984. "As bishop, superintendent and local church pastor, Choy has brought to his ministry pastoral sensitivity, prayerful depth, the strengthening of diverse ministries, administrative care, and a saving sense of humor."

Richard Gelwick (ThD '65) is Professor of Bioethics and Chair of Medical Humanities and Behavioral Medicine at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the University of New England, Bideford, ME. Before becoming a teacher and ethicist, Gelwick served as an ordained UCC chaplain at several colleges and universities. He chaired the religion and philosophy department at Stephen's College in Colombia, MO for twenty-three years, and then began a second career as a medical humanist, reconstructing medical humanities and ethics training at the University of New England and helping to create the Maine Bioethics Network. Gelwick is also an expert on the thought of Michael Polanyi, having written extensively on Polanyi's work and founded the North American Polanyi Studies Group. He is former chair of the Section on Religion, Health and Medical Ethics of the American Academy of Religion, and is a member of the editorial board of The Journal of Medical Humanities, the American Society of Law and Medicine, the Society for Health and Human Values, and the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics. Gelwick is listed in Who's Who in Theology and Science.

Susan Lyon

The late Susan Lyon (MDiv '83) was Co-director of Hartford Hospital's Pastoral Services Department and Director of Clinical Pastoral Education in Hartford. Before coming to Hartford, Lyon was a chaplain in Ann Arbor, MI and San Francisco, and initiated a chaplaincy training program in Puerto Rico. She also served as Adjunct Professor of Clinical Pastoral Education at Hartford Seminary. Long active in the UCC, Lyon was Covenant Minister at Elmwood Community Church in West Hartford, and a member of the UCC Connecticut Conference Personnel Committee and the National Committee on Persons with Disabilities. Lyon had rheumatoid arthritis and became blind at an early age. "Sue's particular strength lay in her ability to contemplate and then to accept and reach beyond her humanness," says her father, Pro Lyon. "Driven in part by her own pain, Sue probed beyond her humanity to discover what was somehow a touch of God. Having found that in herself, it became easy for her to find that same touch of God — of divinity — in all she met. I believe Sue would have us know that if she could find a way, so can we."

1996 Distinguished Alumni/ae

Carole Keim, Roy Sano, Mary Jacobs

Carole Keim, Bishop Roy Sano, and Mary Jacobs