In Memoriam

Browne Barr, trustee emeritus, died February 1 in Santa Rosa, CA. During his two terms on PSR’s Board of Trustees (1970-1978 and 1986-1995) he was on numerous committees, including the committee which composed the school’s mission statement, as well as the nominating and Earl Lectures committees. The author of several books, he was senior minister at First Congregational Church in Berkeley from 1960 to 1977 and dean of San Francisco Theological Seminary (1977-1983).
Frank Clelland Jr., who served as a PSR trustee from 1981-1987, died in 2008 in Phoenix, AZ. Clelland was a member of the Church of the Beatitudes in Phoenix.  

Paul Fairley (MDiv 2003) died on December 6, 2008 following an extended illness. He served on the staff of MCC churches since 1998, including MCC San Francisco and, most recently, as MCC Toronto’s director of worship and engagement. He was a member of MCC’s 2006 delegation to the World Council of Churches General Assembly in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Clarence Freeman (MDiv 1953) died unexpectedly on November 21, 2008 at the age of 85. He served the Yreka and Montague (CA) United Methodist churches from 1972 to 1978 as part of his 36-year career as a Methodist minister. Until his wife Lillian’s death in 2001, they traveled extensively. He is survived by four daughters, one granddaughter, two great-grandchildren, a sister, and a nephew.

Robyn Hamilton, a second-year MDiv student at PSR, died March 9. She was a leader in the Community Association of PSR (CAPSR) and Differently Abled Student Union (DASU). She is survived by her spouse Leanna Hamilton and son Christopher.

Fred Hanes (MDiv 1954) died in San Bruno on November 30, 2008 after a long fight with lung disease. He was the senior minister at Arcata (CA) United Methodist Church from 1957 to 1962, and went on to serve churches in Petaluma and San Francisco. He is survived by his son, Fred P. Hanes III. 

Robert Hughes, former PSR trustee and PSR advocate in Hawaii, died in 2008. He chaired the Honolulu President’s Associates and was a member of the Community Church of Honolulu.

Sara Little, who taught at PSR and served as its interim vice president and dean for two years beginning in 1990, died on March 11 in her hometown of Charlotte, NC. In 1973, she became the first woman to be named a full professor at Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA and was named 1979 Educator of the Year by the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators.