From the Worldwide Faith News archives


Date 05 May 1996 15:20:42


95109                   NOTES ABOUT PEOPLE 
                      by Jerry L. Van Marter 
     The Rev. Cynthia M. Campbell was inaugurated as the ninth president of 
McCormick Theological Seminary April 18 in services that were held at the 
University of Chicago.  Campbell, 46, is the first woman to be president of 
a Presbyterian theological institution and one of few women ever to hold 
this position in any seminary in the nation. 
                              # # # 
     The Rev. Robert N. Allen, former executive of the Synod of New Mexico 
and Santa Fe Presbytery, died in Albuquerque March 31.  He began his staff 
career in 1959, serving General Assembly as associate for youth 
stewardship.  He moved to the synod executive post in 1965 and to Santa Fe 
Presbytery in 1973.  Allen retired in 1983.  He probably held the record 
for General Assembly attendance, having gone to 41 consecutive Assemblies 
until illness prevented him from being in Wichita last summer. 
     Allen is survived by his wife, Esther, three sons and a daughter, and 
several grandchildren. 
                              # # # 
     The University of Dubuque Theological Seminary has named the Rev. 
George H. Pike, Jr., to be its director of seminary development.  Pike, a 
1957 graduate of the seminary, was most recently interim pastor of Second 
Presbyterian Church in Kansas City, Mo.  Prior to that he was, from 1988 to 
1993, co-director of The Bicentennial Fund. 
                              # # # 
     May Murakami, a leader in the Presbyterian Association of Musicians 
and a member of the committee that created "The Presbyterian Hymnal," died 
March 25 in Oakland, Calif.  She most recently served as co-director of the 
1995 Albuquerque Conference on Worship and Music. 
     Murakami is survived by her husband, David Ilino, of Oakland.  A 
memorial service was held March 31 at Lake Park United Methodist Church of 
                              # # # 
     On May 7, Hampden-Sydney (Va.) College will confer an honorary Doctor 
of Divinity degree on the Rev. Lewis H. Lancaster to recognize his long 
career in ecumenical service for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). 
     Lancaster, who retired last year from the Ecumenical and Interfaith 
Office of the Worldwide Minstries Division, was a Presbyterian missionary 
to Japan in addition to serving in a variety of ecumenical ministry posts 
in the former Presbyterian Church in the United States prior to 
Presbyterian reunion in 1983.  Even after retirement, Lancaster has 
continued his ecumenical service as a volunteer in the Department of 
Governing Body, Ecumenical and Agency Relations of the Office of the 
General Assembly. 

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