2008 Distinguished Alumni/ae

Doug Adams (MDiv/MA 1971), a scholar and beloved teacher at PSR, played an international role in the field of religion and the arts. He focused particularly on visual arts and dance and is well known for his work on biblical humor. During his 31-year teaching career at PSR, he also created the Center for Arts, Religion, and Education at the GTU. Doug passed away on July 24, 2007.


Diane Darling (MDiv 1980) in 1984 became the first openly lesbian woman called to parish ministry in the UCC, as pastor of College Avenue United Church of Christ in Modesto, CA. Diane has a passion for preaching, teaching and story-telling, and working with people on the edge – on the edge of the church, on the edge of society, on the edge of despair, and on the edge of their seats.

Frederick H. Talbot (STM 1959), a native of Guyana, South America,was elected and consecrated the 90th bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1972, serving Episcopal districts in the Caribbean, Georgia, Arkansas/Oklahoma, and Kentucky/Tennessee until his retirement in 2004. He also served as a pastor and teacher and in the diplomatic service of Guyana.


Shigeo Tanabe (MDiv 1937) was born in 1908 in Fort Thompson, WA. Not long after his graduation from PSR and ordination to the United Methodist Church, Rev. Tanabe and his wife Haru were sent to the Tule Lake Internment Camp. Although given a chance to leave, he chose to stay with his people, knowing that they would be in need of leadership and a place to share their faith.