Category: Alumni/ae Deaths

Rev. Dr. Kendrick Child (STH’90)

October 24th, 2016 in Alumni/ae Deaths

Ken Child

Rev. Dr. Kendrick Child (STH’90) passed away on October 14th, 2016. A Memorial service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, Meredith, NH on November 12th at Noon to celebrate his life and his ministry. Click here to read more about Rev. Child’s life.


Elizabeth Vernon (STH’86)

October 12th, 2016 in Alumni/ae Deaths

Elizabeth Annette Vernon (STH’86), longtime educator, Methodist minister, choir director, pianist, and soldier in the battle for social justice, passed away on Sept 30, 2016.

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Allen J. Moore (STH’63)

October 6th, 2016 in Alumni/ae Deaths

Allen Joe MooreAllen J. Moore (STH’63) passed away on September 18th, 2016. Allen’s memorial service was held on Tuesday, October 4th, 2016 at Boston University’s Marsh Chapel. You can read Allen’s obituary below for more information.

Allen Moore Obituary

Ralph S. Steele (STH’49)

October 5th, 2016 in Alumni/ae Deaths, Uncategorized

RalphSteeleRalph S. Steele (STH’49) passed away on Saturday, October 1, 2016. Ralph’s memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at the First United Methodist Church of Valparaiso, IN 103 Franklin Street. You can read his obituary for more information. Steele – Obituary.10-1-16

Ralph Pedersen (STH’54)

September 6th, 2016 in Alumni/ae Deaths

Rev. Dr. Ralph Pedersen (STH’54) passed away on Sat. Aug. 27, 2016. Ralph’s memorial service will be held on Sept. 17 at 10 a.m. in Central UMC, Stockton, CA. You can read his obituary for more information.

Dennis Holway (STH’70)

September 2nd, 2016 in Alumni/ae Deaths

Dennis Holway (STH’70) passed away August 1, 2016. You can read his obituary here:


Susan Montgomery (STH’91)

August 4th, 2016 in Alumni/ae Deaths

Rev. Susan A. Montgomery was born Nov. 15, 1946, at Topeka, the daughter of Thomas H. and Ramona K. Selsor Turner. She graduated from Osage City High School in 1964.

She married Larry Montgomery and they raised two sons. They divorced in 1983.

She attended KSTC at Emporia, one year after high school and returned 20 years later to graduate from Emporia State University in 1987, with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. She attended Boston University School of Theology and graduated with a Master of Divinity in 1991.

She served many United Methodist churches in Kansas including St. Marys, Emmett and Belvue, officially retiring in 2012, but continued to serve several church communities. She was the city clerk at Emmett. She was a member of the Literary Club in St. Marys, Jolly Workers at Emmett and Sunflower Sue Club in Maple Hill.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by two sons, Brien Montgomery and wife, Teresa and Stacy T. Montgomery and wife, Stacy L.; two brothers, William Turner and wife, Rebecca and Michael Turner and wife, Jannett; three sisters, Kathryn Knowlton and husband, John, Nola Roth and husband, Dave and Taime Pitchford and husband, Jim; three grandchildren, Jessica Ann, Marc Neil and Brook Marie; a great-grandchild, Connor Lee; and nieces and nephews. She loved her family and passionately served the Lord.

Hunter Mabry (STH’69)

August 4th, 2016 in Alumni/ae Deaths

Hunter Mabry
Hunter P. Mabry, 82, of Roanoke passed away on Saturday, July 9, 2016 after a long struggle with chronic radiation damage to his intestinal tract many years ago. Born in Timber Ridge in Rockbridge County, he was a native of the Shenandoah Valley. During his youth he lived in the Waynesboro area and graduated with the Wilson Memorial High School class of 1951. Later, he completed his B.Sc. in Rural Sociology at the then Virginia Polytechnical Institute (Virginia Tech), his B.Div. at the Candler School of Theology (Emory University) and served as a missionary to the Philippines, 1959 to 1963 under the Board of Missions of The United Methodist Church.Desiring to help train persons to become pastors, he completed his Ph.D. in Sociology of Religion and Social Ethics at the Boston University School of Theology in 1969 and over the next 25 years served on the faculty of the United Theological College, Bangalore under the sponsorship of The United Methodist Board of Global Ministries (GBOGM) where he helped to train students at the B.D., M.Th. and D.Th levels. His published writings include Christian Ethics, An Introductory Reader, The Christian Clergy in India, Vol. 1, Social Structure and Social Roles, and Manual for Researchers and Writers.He was preceded in death by his late parents, William P. and Hallie Kemp Mabry. Survivors include one sister, Marie Lowe, who lives in Mississippi; his beloved wife of 53 years, Dr. Esther Galima Mabry; son, Philip of Waynesboro; and daughter, Ruth of Oman; along with son-in-law, Abdulrahim Al-Bahlani; and grandchildren, Malik and Zakaria.After his retirement from the GBOGM in 1996, he devoted much of his time and energy to voluntarism – he was one of the founders of the Virginia Chapter of the Methodist Federation for Social Justice and of the Augusta Coalition for Peace and Justice; participated actively in other social justice established organizations such as Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty and Virginia Organizing and initiated actions on issues such as restoration of voting rights and opening of job opportunities to ex-felons who have paid their debt to society.A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at the Jesus the Redeemer Church, 1501 Hollins Rd NE, Roanoke, Va.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Virginia Chapter of the Methodist Federation for Social Action. Checks may be sent payable to “VA MFSA” to Pat Shipley, Treasurer, 3031 Grayland Ave., Richmond, Va. 23221-3525.Condolences may be sent to Dr Esther Galima Mabry and family to 1009 Old Country Club Road, Apt. 329, Roanoke, Va., 24017.


Emerson Wood (STH’58)

August 4th, 2016 in Alumni/ae Deaths

Emerson Wood (STH’58) passed away July 25, 2016.

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Reverend Dr. Harald A. Frey (STH ’55, STH ’61)

May 23rd, 2016 in Alumni/ae Deaths

Reverend Dr. Harald A. Frey (STH ’55, STH ’61)

Harald Andreas Christian Frey was born near Stuttgart, Germany the ninth of 13 children of Gottlob Frey, a Methodist minister, and his wife, Maria. As a teenager in Germany during World War II, Harald endured hardships including bombings and food shortages, as well as a separation from his family when school-aged city children were evacuated to rural areas for their safety. After the war, at age 16, Harald experienced a religious epiphany at a church camp, which led to his dedication to life in Christian service.

In 1950, Harald traveled to America, hosted by “foster parents” Robert and Grace Dawson of Pasadena: First United Methodist Church. He attended Pasadena College for a year then, with financial support from the church, enrolled at the Boston University School of Theology in 1952. In 1956, he married Nancy Whyte, a Boston native. After serving churches in Portland, Maine and Warren, Rhode Island, Harald, Nancy and their two young children (Peter and Heidi) moved back to California to “found” a new Methodist church (The Church of the Good Shepherd) in Westminster, California. Their son Andrew was born there in 1962.

Harald served as senior pastor of the 1200-member-strong Temple: First United Methodist Church (Arizona) for 11 years. He considered this the most productive assignment of his ministry and enjoyed the many associations afforded by the church’s proximity to Arizona State University. In 1976, Harald was assigned to the Whittier: First United Methodist Church; then in 1980, with the children all off to college, he and Nancy moved to the Tucson area to serve the Green Valley Community Church. In 1985, Harald and Nancy returned to California, to the Rolling Hills United Methodist Church. Then in 1988, Harald was appointed to his final church: as head pastor of the Estero Bay United Methodist Church in Morro Bay. He happily retired there in 1993. In 2009, just before Harald’s 80th birthday, he and Nancy moved to Venice, California to be closer to their children. He lived out his final years surrounded by family, music, good food, and ocean breezes.

Harald is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Nancy; by children Peter, Heidi and Andrew; by grandchildren Noah Greenwald, Kayla Frey, Maya Greenwald and Logan Frey; and by siblings Artur Frey, Gretel Reinhardt, Marta Frey, Marie-Else Sartor-Frey, Erich Frey and Dieter Frey.