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Notes about People

Date 04 May 1996 16:05:56


96086                   Notes about People 
                      by Jerry L. Van Marter 
     A fire on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 21, destroyed the building of First 
Presbyterian Church of Fond du Lac, Wis.  Total estimated loss: $2.4 
million.  The session is still assessing needs for maintaining the church's 
ministry.  Inquiries may be addressed to the Rev. David Q. Hall, 39 S. Marr 
Street, Fond du Lac, WI 54935. 
                              # # # 
     The Rev. Robert D. Curtis has been elected president and chief 
executive officer of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Investment and Loan 
Program, Inc. (PILP), for a four-year term beginning March 1, 1996. 
     Since 1990, Curtis has served as the CEO of the Church Development 
Corporation, a $16-million loan fund that serves the Synod of Mid-America. 
The goal for PILP is to develop a similar churchwide loan fund totaling 
$500 million. 
                              # # # 
     Fern Wolfinger Crane, a member of General Assembly Council and former 
chair of the Corporate and Administrative Services Committee, died Feb. 22 
of ovarian cancer. 
     A native of Trenton, N.J., Crane had a private counseling practice in 
Woodstock, Ill., and was an adjunct faculty member at Northern Illinois 
University.  She was an elder at Ridgefield-Crystal Lake Presbyterian 
Church in Crystal Lake, Ill.  In December, she became the grandmother of 
     Two memorial services will be held March 3 at the Crystal Lake church, 
because the sanctuary is not large enough to hold all the people who want 
to attend. 
     Fern Crane is survived by her husband, Douglas; her daughter, 
Elizabeth Riak and her husband, Tony; two grandsons, Alexander and Alden; 
her sister, Lynn Wolfinger Mills; and her mother, Emma Wolfinger. 
                              # # # 
     The General Assembly Council paused in its meeting Feb. 25 to honor 
Mildred Brown on the occasion of her retirement. 
     Brown retired Feb. 9 as associate for racial and cultural diversity in 
the Evangelism and Church Development Program Area of the National 
Ministries Division.  Her career in the Presbyterian Church stretches back 
more than 30 years to the offices of the former United Presbyterian Church 
in the United States of America in New York.   
     Mildred Brown is a lifelong Presbyterian and elder. 
                              # # # 
     Anne Howland, longtime associate for resources and support for mission 
advocates in the Stewardship Program Area of the Congregational Ministries 
Division, has resigned to pursue other interests.  Howland was known to 
many Presbyterians as the person responsible for correspondence to the 
church from Presbyterian missionaries abroad. 

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