In Memoriam

Elizabeth (Betsy) Badé, daughter of former PSR professor and archeologist William Frederic Badé, died May 30. She was well-known on the UC Berkeley campus as residence director of International House, which she served from 1957 to 1968 and again from 1974 to 1989. Her lifelong interest in people from other cultures was inspired by a year spent circumnavigating the world by ship and living at her father’s archeological dig in 1935, in what was then Palestine. She is survived by her brother, UC Berkeley professor emeritus of mathematics William Badé and his wife, Eleanor, of Berkeley.

David Born (MDiv 2000) died April 17. He served as administrator of Westlake Christian Terrace in Oakland, a low-income senior housing project, and as an associate pastor in Alameda. He is survived by his wife Marilyn.

Louis J. Breton (CAPS 1980) died in Portland, OR on October 23, 2007, two days after his 85th birthday. Following his ordination, Father Breton spent much of his life teaching in Illinois, California, New Mexico, and Oregon. He also served as parish minister in New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, and most recently (since 1997) at the Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother at the Grotto in Portland.

Donald Cassiday (MDiv 1950) died May 6 at the age of 89. He had a long career in ministry, including seven interim pastorates in Illinois, Nebraska, and Iowa following his “retirement” in 1987. He was awarded a certifi cate from the Nebraska Conference of the UCC for 55 years of service and ministry. Cassiday was a member of the First Central Congregational United Church of Christ in Omaha, NE, where he served on the Diaconate Board. He is survived by his wife Frances, a daughter and son-in-law who are both UCC ministers.

Henry Louis Gerner (ThD 1963) died February 26 at the age of 77. He was a retired elder and head of the Department of Chaplaincy, Counseling and Clinical Pastoral Experience at the Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis from 1982 until his retirement in 1994. After retiring, he continued to work against war, violence, and injustice. He is survived by his wife Dorothy and son Mark.

William K. Laurie, former vice president of administration for PSR, died April 17 in Chico, CA. After serving for nearly six decades as a minister in the United Church of Christ in Ohio and Missouri, he came to the Bay Area in 1983 to serve as vice president of PSR, retiring in 1989. In retirement, he served several churches as interim pastor and was active in his local parish in Kensington, CA. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Abigail, their fi ve children, nine grandchildren, and four greatgrandchildren.

Lester McAllister (ThD 1953) died on January 4 in Claremont, CA, at the age of 88. His career as a minister, professor, and historian of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) brought him many places across the United States and the world. For more than 20 years, he served as a church history professor at Christian Theological Seminary. His many books include Journey in Faith: A History of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). A founding member of the Disciples of Christ Historical Society, he was a member of its board of trustees for 20 years.

Published in PSR Bulletin, Fall 2008, Volume 87, No. 2