In Memoriam


Daniel Aprá (SMT 1968) was born September 23, 1915 in Oakland, CA. After graduating from seminary at Colgate-Rochester Divinity School in 1940, he received a master of sacred theology in contemporary worship from PSR in 1968. He served churches in Illinois, Wisconsin, and California. He was tireless in   support of social justice issues, ranging from supporting the grape strike led by Cesar Chavez, opposing the war in Vietnam, and lending an early voice in the open and affirming movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender inclusion in the United Church of Christ. "Dan Aprá was far and away the most generous person I have known," says President Emeritus Bill McKinney. "He has inspired my own philanthropic efforts and those of countless others. I give thanks to God for the joy his gifts have brought to others and for his generous and loving spirit." Rev. Aprá was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus of PSR in 2006. He died at the age of 94 on June 11, 2010 at Piedmont Gardens in Oakland.

Larry Grim (MDIV 1985) was always committed to a multiethnic, multicultural vision of the church. After receiving his MDiv degree at PSR, he served numerous churches in the Riverside/San Bernardino area of California. He was also a founding member of the Southern California Conference (UCC) Global Advocates Committee. He was pastor of the First Congregational UCC, Santa Ana when he died in May 2010.

Karl Irvin was born December 26, 1920. From 1939 to 1953, he was active in the ministry of the California Christian Endeavor Union. His interest turned to formal ministry, and he was ordained in 1954. Following retirement in 1985, he went on many world tours, visiting 41 countries and supporting many causes. From 1970 to 1982, he served as a PSR trustee. He was a member of the United Congregational Christian Church of Lodi at the time of his death, March 7, 2010.

Dennis Maynard Taber (MDiv 1989) was born October 3, 1949, in Joplin, MO, and raised in Riverton, KS. An 11th-generation birthright Friend (Quaker), he earned a BA in history from Friends University of Wichita, KS. After earning his MEd at the University of Arizona, he worked with developmentally disabled children. In the early 1980s, after being baptized a United Methodist, he earned his MDiv at PSR and then spent 22 years leading United Methodist parishes. His passion was campus ministry; in 2008, he was honored for his work in revitalizing the Wesley Foundation in Berkeley and for establishing the Wesley Foundation in Merced. He served on PSR’s Board of Trustees from 1987 to 1989. He died April 27, 2010.

Lloyd E. Whelchel (MA 1956) was born March 18, 1924, in Emmett, ID. He served in the Philippines during World War II and taught at Arlington College in Arlington, CA and Warner Pacific College in Portland, OR. In 1976 he began working for Washington Archaeological Research Center and then for the WSU libraries until his retirement in 1993. He died April 2, 2010.