Bernhard W. Anderson (BD 1939) died December 26, 2007 in Santa Cruz, CA. Born in Missouri in 1916, he was raised in California and graduated from the University of the Pacific. The United Methodist Church ordained him in 1939. In 1945, he received his PhD from Yale Divinity School. Dr. Anderson began his teaching career at Colgate University and Colgate-Rochester Divinity School. He was appointed dean of Drew University Theological School in 1954. In 1968 he began his distinguished tenure as Professor of Old Testament Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. Following retirement in 1983, he continued teaching and lecturing part-time. In 1989 he moved to Santa Cruz, where he was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church.
John Dillenberger, founding president of the Graduate Theological Union, died February 7 at his home in El Cerrito, CA. Born July 11, 1918, in St. Louis, he earned a BA from Elmhurst College, a BD from Union Theological Seminary in New York City, and a PhD from Columbia University. He served as a chaplain in the U.S. Navy during World War II. "John was an authority on Protestant Christianity and one of the foremost historians of Martin Luther and John Calvin," said James A. Donahue, current president of GTU. John was president of GTU from 1963 to 1972 and acting president for one year in 1999. Dillenberger was also an important scholar in the study of art and Christianity, and helped found the Center for Art, Religion, and Education (C.A.R.E.) He is survived by his wife, Jean; sons Eric and Paul from his first marriage; stepdaughter Tsan Abrahamson from his third marriage; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Arthur Eaton (CTS 1993, MA 1997) died February 7 in Berkeley. Born July 2, 1917 in San Francisco, he graduated from UC Berkeley in 1941. Following stints in the U.S. Army and Naval Reserve during World War II, he received an MSW in psychiatric social work from UC Berkeley. He later began a psychotherapy practice in New York City, where he also completed doctoral work at Columbia University. In 1980, he married Carla De Sola. He assisted her in founding the Omega Liturgical Dance Company at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City and, in Berkeley, the Omega West Dance Company. At the age of 76, Arthur obtained a master's degree in religion and the arts at PSR. He was an active member of St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco.
Douglas Fox (STM 1958) died March 2 in Colorado Springs, CO. Born March 20, 1927 in Mullumbimby, Australia, he earned degrees at the University of Sydney, Congregational Theological College of Sydney, and Chicago Theological Seminary prior to studying at PSR. He was ordained in the Congregational Church of Australia in 1955. He and wife Margaret were married from 1956 until her death in 2003. In 1963 Fox began his 34-year teaching career at Colorado College, where he taught Asian religions until retirement in 1997. He wrote nine books throughout his career, including Direct Awareness of the Self and Dispelling Illusion. He is survived by his two children, Michael and Elizabeth.
Virginia Young Hilton (MDiv 1978) died October 7, 2007. She was born September 13, 1930 in Dayton, OH. She was an advocate for racial justice even as a child, refusing to sing at her school's eighth-grade graduation ceremony because two African American classmates were not allowed to participate. She married Bruce Hilton in 1952. Thirteen years later they moved to Mississippi to help African Americans vote. In 1978 she graduated with an MDiv from PSR, later becoming the 12th ordained woman in the Northern California Nevada Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. She served UMC congregations in Albany, Concord, El Sobrante, and Sacramento. She also co-founded the Parents Reconciling Network, a national United Methodist network for parents of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender children.
Evelyn Lucille Davis Kendall (MDiv 1981) died November 30, 2007 at her home in Napa. She was born November 25, 1926 in Lodi, CA and received her BA from UC Berkeley. She and her husband, Richard M. Kendall (MDiv 1958), served as missionaries in the Congo; she served as a pastor to United Methodist churches in Burlingame, South San Francisco, and Redding. She is survived by her husband; her daughter, Debra A. Burger; and her son, James W. Kendall.
Jong-Won Kim (STM 1970, ThD 1974) died January 2, 2008 in Oakland, CA. He received Th.M. and Th.B. degrees in 1961 and 1963 from Hankuk Theological Seminary in Seoul, Korea. In 1967 he received an additional ThM degree from Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan. An ordained United Methodist elder, he served as pastor to Pacific Northwest Annual Conference congregations in Lewiston, ID and Renton and Seattle, WA. In 1988 he transferred to the California-Nevada Annual Conference where he pastored the Korean United Methodist Church of Oakland, CA. He was married to Kook-Hui Lee.
Robert Lemon (ThD 1968) died at his home in Berkeley on October 15, 2007. A tireless justice advocate, he marched with Cesar Chavez and spoke in anti-war demonstrations. He received an MDiv from the University of Chicago in 1948, and was ordained a minister in the Disciples of Christ that year. In 1950 he married Adelle Ringstrom. Robert served pastorates in Lima and Havana, IL, Bethany, WV, and San Francisco and Richmond, CA. He also served as interim minister for Disciples congregations in Concord, Stockton, Oakland, Berkeley, and Palo Alto, CA. He taught at Bethany College, University of the Pacific, and PSR. He was an active member of Disciples Peace Fellowship and UCC-Disciples Justice and Peace Action Network.
Atsushi Nishimura (DMin 2004), assistant professor at Doshisha School of Theology, Kyoto, Japan, died November 14, 2007 at his home in Kyoto. He was born January 24, 1970. Prior to studying at PSR, Atsushi received a BA and MA from Doshisha University. His scholarship and teaching focused on practical theology, homiletics, and missionary work in contemporary Japan. Nishimura was particularly interested in spiritual care of the elderly. He is survived by his wife Yuko and son Hikari.
Milton Wolff died in Berkeley at the age of 92 on January 14. He and his wife were the book binders for the PSR library before its merger with the GTU library. Born in Brooklyn, he was famous for his communist politics and for leading a battalion of American volunteers against Franco during the Spanish Civil War. Mr. Wolff is survived by his daughter, Susan Wallis; his son, Peter; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.