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Notes about People
04 May 1996 20:41:31
95358 Notes about People
by Jerry L. Van Marter
The Rev. Dan Rift has been named associate director for global service
and witness in the Worldwide Ministries Division in Louisville. He
succeeds Gwen Crawley, who retired from the position in July.
Rift has been coordinator for Presbyterian World Service. His new
responsibilities include oversight of Presbyterian World Service, the
Presbyterian Hunger Program, the Self-Development of People program, the
Jinishian Memorial Program, global education and leadership development,
international evangelism and international health ministries.
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The Rev. Henry F.J. "Harry" Daniel, a former member of the
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) national staff, died Oct. 2 at his home in
Daniel, the first Indian priest to serve as Presbyter of the Church of
England's St. Mark's Cathedral in Bangaloreordained as a priest by the
Church of England, was an early leader of the World Student Christian
Movement. A longtime advocate for the poor, he was also instrumental in
the establishment of the Urban Rural Mission program of the World Council
In 1982, Daniel accepted a position in the Office of Ecumenical
Relations of the former Presbyterian Church in the United States. After
Presbyterian reunion, Daniel's job title became associate for international
justice in the former Social Justice and Peacemaking Ministry Unit -- a
position he held until his retirement and return to India in 1991.
Harry Daniel is survived by his wife, Kiran; a daughter, Lakshmi; and
a son, Jairaj. An ecumenical service of praise and thanksgiving was held
in Madras on Oct. 3. His ashes will be buried in St. Mark's Cathedral.
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The Presbyterian News Service failed to report in July the election of
the Rev. Susan M. Ryder as chair of the Advisory Committee on Social
Witness Policy (ACSWP). We apologize to both Ryder and the committee for
A native of Anaheim, Calif., Ryder graduated from Princeton
Theological Seminary. She is currently chaplain at Siouxland Regional
Cancer Center in Sioux City, Iowa, and is in her sixth and final year as a
member of ACSWP. She is also vice moderator of Prospect Hill Presbytery.
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Lila Bonner Miller, 95, a physician, psychiatrist, educator and
Presbyterian social activist, died Sept. 25 in Atlanta.
After getting her medical degree from the University of Virginia in
1924, Miller practiced medicine until three years after her marriage to the
Rev. Patrick D. Miller in 1931. Returning to Atlanta in 1949, she resumed
her medical practice. Noticing that her patients had as many emotional
problems as physical ones, she went to Emory University School of Medicine
in 1960 at the age of 59 for a residency in psychiatry.
Miller was especially concerned that mentally ill people were being
released from hospitals and left homeless. As a result, she helped
organize the Community Fellowship of Druid Hills Presbyterian Church in
Atlanta, a program for the homeless mentally ill.
Lila Bonner Miller is survived by three children: Mary Bonner Miller
Brueggemann of Decatur, Ga.; Patrick D. Miller of Princeton, N.J.; and
Belle Miller McMaster of Atlanta; seven grandchildren; and four
great-grandchildren. A memorial service was held Oct. 5 at Druid Hills
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