In Memoriam

Rudolf Stohler (MDiv 1965): Rev. Rudolf J. Stohler - Died in Fargo, ND on August 12, 2010. Born in Berkeley, CA in 1934.  Ordained into the United Church of Christ, he became minister of First Congregational Church in Ada, MN.

In 1970, Rev. Stohler and his family moved to Leavenworth, KS, to serve at Pilgrim United Church of Christ. In 1980, Rev. Stohler and family moved to Fresno, CA, to serve at First Congregational Church. After leaving Fresno, Rev. Stohler, served churches in Billings, MT; Red Oak, IA; Kahoka, MO; Beach, ND; Lake Preston, SD; Wessington Springs, SD; Letcher, SD; Parshall, ND; Gackle, ND; and Fargo, ND.

Rev. Stohler was passionate about gathering information of all kinds. To honor that interest, a memorial library will be established at the UCC Northern Plains Conference headquarters. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made for the RJ Stohler Memorial Library, payable to the Northern Plains Conference, to 1200 E. Highland Acres Road, Bismarck, ND 58501.

Frank E. Humberger (ThD 1967): Rev. Dr. Frank E. Humberger died August 18, 2004 in Palm Springs, CA. Frank Humberger taught music and was the music supervisor at Troy High School in Troy, OH from 1918 until 1944. He attended Case-Western Reserve University where he majored in metallurgy. In 1984 Frank co-authored the book Outplacement and Inplacement Counseling. 

Arthur Campbell (DMin 1981): Rev. Dr. Arthur Dwight Campbell died November 15, 2010 at the age of 82.  Arthur died peacefully surrounded by loved ones after a brief battle with a rare sarcoma cancer. He leaves behind his loving wife of 59 years, Peggy, 6 children and their spouses, 10 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, and 2 brothers, Marshall and Gene.

Growing up as a preacher's kid, Arthur learned the life of moving often, living in 6 towns in WA and ID before graduating High School in 1946. He met his wife to be, Margaret Jean Trimble, while they both attended the College of Puget Sound in Tacoma. After graduating from the College of Puget Sound, Arthur went on to seminary at Boston University, returning to WA to serve his first church at Greenacres, WA in 1953. Throughout his career, Arthur served 6 churches in WA, retiring from Westpark United Methodist Church in Yakima in 1991. He received his Doctor of Ministry from Pacific School of Religion in 1981. He was active in the United Methodist Pacific Northwest Conference camping program, both at Conference camps and leading Conference-sponsored hikes during the l960's. He was active in Boy Scouts and Kiwanis Clubs in the various places he lived. He also tremendously enjoyed pastoring his congregations, including helping the farmers work in their fields.

Gerald (Jerry) Nash (CAP 1974): Gerald S. (Jerry) Nash died on Sunday, January 16, 2011, in Bellevue, Washington after a three year struggle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. He was born in Galveston, Texas, on July 30, 1937.

Jerry volunteered for military service in 1958. After completing basic training at Fort Carson, CO he was stationed at Hanford Missile Base near Richland, WA. Through involvement at West Side Church he attended Whitworth College in Spokane. Following graduation in 1962 with a BA in Literature, he began studies at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Kentucky. He met Helen Bengtson in Kirkland, WA during an internship in ministry. They were married in July 1964 and Jerry graduated in 1967 with a Masters in Divinity and was ordained as a Presbyterian Minister.

During the five years the family was in Korea, Jerry was director of a Center for American Servicemen in Tongduchon, north of Uijongbu (location of M*A*SH*.) Upon returning to the states in 1972, Jerry studied at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California, and was involved in courses in Clinical Pastoral Education in preparation for work as a hospital chaplain. Further courses were completed in Wichita, Kansas, and in 1975, Jerry began 15 years as hospital chaplain at Presbyterian Hospital in Oklahoma City, eventually becoming the Director of Pastoral Care. In 1990, Jerry became the chaplain at Overlake Hospital and Medical Center, Bellevue, retiring in 2002.

Jerry is survived by Helen of Redmond WA; son Gene of Bremerton, WA; son Jim, daughter-in-law, Stephanie, and grandson Nathan of Seattle. His parents and brother, James M. predeceased him. His brother Gene C. and sister-in-law Marie, of Texas City, survive him as does his step-mother, Ruth Nash, Houston; stepbrothers, Joe Holton, Houston; and Bill Holton, Virginia Beach; nieces, Jennifer Goolsby, Renee Nash, and Stephanie Nash; and nephews Roy and Warren Nash all of Texas. He is also survived by Helen’s sister and brother-in-law, Irma and Bruce Heiple, Grass Valley, CA, and their children, Tim and Tanya.

Bob Moon (MDiv 1958) passed away on June 2, 2011. Moon was a United Methodist pastor who served churches in San Francisco, Fresno, Sacramento, and Stockton before retiring in 1981. He served as a PSR Trustee from 1981-1990 and occasionally taught at PSR. He is survived by his wife, Doris Moon, daughter, Sandy Farley, two grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Landon Tracy Archer Summers, husband of PSR Associate Professor Boyung Lee, passed away on May 15, 2011 after a sudden illness. An ordained UMC minister, he had been pastor of Burlingame UMC since 2009. He had also served as pastor of St. Mark's UMC in Orinda and First UMC of Palo Alto. Additionally, he was a member of the Conference Committee on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns (CCUIC) since 2008.

Summers graduated from Georgetown University with a BA in Classics and later returned to complete a law degree. He also has two masters and a doctorate in divinity and education from Harvard University. He was a member of the Washington State Bar Association and the District of Columbia Bar. He was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, but chose a life in ministry in order to fulfill a childhood dream, his family says.

He is survived by Boyung Lee, associate professor of Christian education, and two teenage children, Clara Elaine and Landon Jack Summers.

Published in PSR Bulletin, Summer 2011, Volume 90