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Category: Obituaries

Pre-eminent Disciples Scholar Don Browning Dies

Don S. Browning, the Alexander Campbell Professor Emeritus of Ethics and the Social Sciences in the Divinity School, former Dean of the Disciples Divinity House of the University of Chicago, and a pivotal figure in the field of practical theology, died June 3 at his home in Chicago. He was 76. Don Browning studied the […]

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Posted on June 16, 2010
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Disciples Pastor Who Briefly Served In Scotland Dies

John "Jack" Henry Keppel, Jr., a pastor of the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, died May 1, at Good Shepherd Nursing Home, Wheeling. He was 88. Reverend Keppel energized congregations in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Scotland, Indiana, Ohio and Illinois. Jack Keppel was born in Bellaire, Ohio, January 2, 1922. He grew up on Wheeling […]

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Posted on June 3, 2010
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Spencer Austin, Longtime Church Leader, Has Died

Spencer P. Austin, a respected church leader whose work in the late 1950s and early 1960s led to the creation of the Christian Church Foundation, died April 21. He was 100. Austin was head of Unified Promotion and was the leading proponent for the creation of a foundation to serve the Christian Church (Disciples of […]

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Posted on May 6, 2010
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Christian Theological Seminary Remembers Benefactor, Ruth Lilly

A notable philanthropist who did much for Disciples-related institutions is being fondly remembered. Ruth Lilly, who died on Dec. 30 at the age of 94, will be especially missed by Christian Theological Seminary, whose library benefited greatly from her gifts. That library continues to receive assistance from the Ruth Lilly Library Acquisition Endowment. Lilly was […]

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Posted on January 29, 2010
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Former Disciples Missionary and Christian Educator Mabel Metze dies at 102

The Division of Overseas Ministries/Global Ministries and Disciples Home Missions announce the passing of Reverend Mabel Metze, on Tuesday, November 3, 2009, at the age of 102.  Mabel was a missionary who served in the Philippines from 1968-1974, as a teacher of church history (including Philippines church history).  Mabel taught at the Ellinwood College of […]

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Posted on December 2, 2009
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Renowned Music Professor At Texas Christian University Dies

Ronald L. Shirey, professor of music at Texas Christian University and choirmaster at University Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Fort Worth, Texas for 36 years, died Nov. 1 after collapsing in his Fort Worth home while preparing for church. He was 76. Shirey is the former Chorus Director for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and […]

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Posted on November 6, 2009
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Marilyn Digweed, Former Disciples Missionary To Africa Dies

The Division of Overseas Ministries/Global Ministries and the Division of Homeland Ministries (now known as Disciples Home Missions) announces the passing of former missionary Marilyn G. Digweed on Saturday, August 22, 2009.  Marilyn served as a missionary to Nigeria from 1967-1970 and in the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire) from 1971-1973. Marilyn was a […]

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Posted on September 10, 2009
Filed under: Obituaries, Overseas Ministries