The seminary has learned with great sadness of the passing of Peggie L. Atkins, former director of foundation relations at Union Theological Seminary (now Union Presbyterian Seminary). After teaching private piano lessons for nearly 20 years, she joined Union as a part-time receptionist and quickly rose to grants guru in the development department (1982-2007) where her wit, kindness, and sage advice are still missed today. Upon her retirement in 2007, she continued in her service to the seminary on the President's Advisory Council.
Union Presbyterian Seminary has learned with great sadness of the passing of Connolly C. Gamble, a former faculty member and alumnus of Union Theological Seminary.
The seminary has learned with great sadness of the passing of John Trotti, Professor Emeritus of Bibliography, on the evening of January 29, 2013.
Paul John (“Bud”) Achtemeier died in his home on Monday, January 28, 2013 following a long illness. He was the Herbert Worth and Annie H. Jackson Professor of Biblical Interpretation Emeritus of Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA (now Union Presbyterian Seminary).
Frances Elizabeth Johns was born on May 6, 1938, in Richmond, VA. A graduate of Farmville High School, she was a 1960 graduate of Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA followed by a master's degree in Christian Education in 1962 from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education. She pursued a lifelong career of service as Director of Christian Education in five congregations: Hilton Presbyterian Church, Raleigh Court Presbyterian Church, Myers Park Presbyterian Church, and First Presbyterian Church in Shreveport. She also served as Editor of Children's Curriculum Resources for the General Assembly Mission Board, PCUSA from 1977 to 1983. In 2002, after retiring, Frances moved to the Cross Ridge Community in Glen Allen, VA. She was an active member of Second Presbyterian Church in Richmond, where she served as an Elder and Moderator of the Christian Education and Memberships Councils. Her funeral was held at Second Presbyterian Church Richmond on January 19, 2013.
Former trustee and alum James Braswell Holderness (B.D.'67; D.Min.'82)died December 27, 2012.
The Reverend Doctor William Henry "Hal" Todd, Jr. (B.D.'68) died on Sunday, December 16, 2012, in Asheville, NC. A service to celebrate his life will be held at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church on Friday, December 21 at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow.
From 1990 until 2000, Todd served as vice president of development at Union Presbyterian Seminary and afterward became vice president of institutional advancement at American University in Cairo, Egypt.
On Monday, June 4, 2012, Union Presbyterian Seminary lost a beloved professor, friend, and colleague when Dr. Donald Gilbert Dawe passed away. Dr. Dawe was the Robert L. Dabney Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology at Union.