Category: Alumni/ae Deaths

Edie Poland (STH ’14)

May 7th, 2018 in Alumni/ae Deaths

The Rev. Edith “Edie” Poland, Pastor of the Keeseville/Harkness United Methodist Church, died unexpectedly of a heart condition, Monday, April 30th.

She became an ordained deacon and assisted at the United Federated Church of Williamstown, Vt., and graduated from Boston University School of Theology in 2014. Edie became an ordained minister at the age of 68, while serving the Harkness and Keeseville, N.Y. Methodist churches.

A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Noon at St. John’s Church in Keeseville. A private burial will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the church, a local humane society or simply smile and do something surprisingly generous and kind for someone.

Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 124 Clinton Street, Keeseville, 834-7667.

You can read more about Edie’s life here.

Rev. Frank “Skip” Danforth (’62)

April 3rd, 2018 in Alumni/ae Deaths

Please keep the family of the Rev. Frank “Skip” Danforth in your prayers. Rev. Danforth, 82, died March 31, 2018.

Rev. Danforth served a number of churches in Massachusetts including Memorial UMC in Taunton and First UMC in Westfield before retiring in 2001.

Those of you who remember Skip will appreciate his wife Mary Ann’s remark: “I’m sure that Skip immediately found things to do on Easter Sunday in heaven.”

Arrangements are pending. Cards and notes can be sent to his family at P.O. Box 1747, West Chatham, MA 02669

You can read more about Rev. Danforth here.

Our thoughts and prayers extend to Rev. Danforth’s family.

Rev. Dr. Merle Jordan

March 29th, 2018 in Alumni/ae Deaths

Rev. Dr. Merle Jordan passed on March 25, 2018. He is known as a shaper of BU School of Theology and many benefited from his teaching and mentorship.

You can view his 2012 address at the Danielsen Institute’s Merle Jordan Conference here.

More information on his wake and funeral can be found here.

Rev. Dwight Haynes (62′, 63′)

March 29th, 2018 in Alumni/ae Deaths

Reverend Dwight Hynes passed away on March 24, 2018. Funeral Home Services for Dwight are being provided by Bennett Funeral Home of Concord, NH.

You can read more about Rev. Haynes and leave a note for the family here.

Rev. Phillip Clarke (STH ’54)

February 26th, 2018 in Alumni/ae Deaths

Reverend Phillip Clark passed on February 13th, 2018.

A note from his classmate, John Neff:

Phil was a good friend, had a enormous heart, and was a remarkable servant of Christ in the midst of the Yorkville section of NewYork, serving where few were willing to serve. He always had a high regard for his classmates at BU and the teachers who meant so much to him and to all of us.

Let us remember him with gratitude and thanksgiving.

Rev. Dr. David Poindexter (’56 & ’57)

February 22nd, 2018 in Alumni/ae Deaths

The Rev. David Poindexter, a 1956 and 1957 Boston Univeristy School of Theology graduate, passed away February 8th in Portland, OR. More about his life can be read in the New York Times.


Andrew Del Pilar (STH ’15)

February 15th, 2018 in Alumni/ae Deaths

Dear Colleagues,

I am sad to share the death of Andrew Del Pilar on February 6, 2018, after a long hospitalization.  Many of you knew Drew. He was a recent graduate of STH, a dear friend to those who knew him best, and a person much admired by others. He was a spoken word artist who spoke truth and justice with his words and with his life. He also loved his family fiercely. Please remember his life partner, Bestabe, and their whole family in your prayers.

The service for Drew will be held on Monday, February 12, preceded by visitation from 2:00 that afternoon. The service will be:

7:00 pm Monday, February 12, 2018

Morton Funeral Home / Ridgewood Chapels

663 Grandview Avenue

Ridgewood, New York 11385
To learn more, you can go to:

With sorrow and prayer,

Mary Elizabeth

Rev. Charles Simmons (STH ’55)

February 8th, 2018 in Alumni/ae Deaths

It is with sadness that we inform you of the death of Rev. Charles Simmons, a retired member of the California-Pacific Conference, on January 30, 2018.

Rev. Simmons is survived by his children: Stephen, Philip, Tom and Wendy.

A memorial service will be held on:

Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 11:00AM
First United Methodist Church of Ventura
1338 E. Santa Clara St.
Ventura, CA 93001

Condolences may be sent to:

The Simmons Family
398 Day Road
Ventura, CA 93003-2044

You can view his last sermon from the pulpit of Camarillo United Methodist Church here.

Rev. Dr. Walter Taylor (’50)

January 25th, 2018 in Alumni/ae Deaths

Reverend Doctor Walter Edmund Taylor passed away in the warm company of his family in Saratoga Springs on January 4, 2018. He was 93 years old. Walter was an alumni of Boston University where he received an undergraduate degree, a master’s degree in theology, and a master’s degree in pastoral counseling. Walter also received a doctorate degree from Andover Newton Theological School in pastoral psychology.

Rev. Dr. Taylor and his wife, Lucille, have been long-time supporters of the School of the Theology. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Walter Taylor and Lucille Clark Taylor Award Fund, c/o Boston University Office of Gifts and Records, 595 Commonwealth Ave., Suite 700 West, Boston, MA, 02215 or can be made online.

You can read more about the life of Rev. Dr. Taylor and leave a message for his family here.

Dr. William Robert McFadden (STH ’66)

January 22nd, 2018 in Alumni/ae Deaths

William Robert “Bob” McFadden, 88, passed away December 8, 2017 at the Bridgewater Retirement Community. Dr. McFadden received his ThD at the Boston University in 1966 and was an ordained minister in the Church of the Brethren.

His full obituary can be read here.