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The Rev. Browne Barr, died of pneumonia Feb. 1 in Santa Rosa, CA, at age 91.
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Wed, 11 Feb 2009 14:13:06 -0800
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Notes about people
by Jerry L. Van Marter
Presbyterian News Service
The Rev. Browne Barr, former professor and dean at San
Francisco Theological Seminary, died of pneumonia Feb. 1 in
Santa Rosa, CA, at age 91.
Barr joined the SFTS faculty as professor of homiletics in
1977 and was appointed dean in 1978. Earlier, he taught
preaching at Yale Divinity School and pastored First
Congregational Church in Berkeley, CA, from 1960 to 1977.
Barr was the author of five books ¯ the best known was High
Flying Geese ¯ and dozens of articles. SFTS Dean Jana
Childers said, "He was one of the most influential,
effective and literate preachers of his generation. His
preaching in Berkeley's 'tall steeple' church throughout
the 60s and 70s helped to shape an important moment in
Details of the funeral and memorial service will be
# # #
Millard Fuller, 74, the man who founded Habitat for
Humanity and whose name was synonymous with volunteer
faith-based efforts to build houses for the poor, died
suddenly Feb. 3 after a brief illness.
Fuller founded Habitat for Humanity in 1976 but parted ways
with the worldwide organization in 2005 after philosophical
differences with Habitat's board and an allegation of
inappropriate conduct that Fuller vehemently denied. After
leaving Habitat, Fuller started the Fuller Center for
Housing in Americus, GA, which sought to continue his
mission to provide people across the world with decent
Former President Jimmy Carter, a longtime volunteer with
Habitat for Humanity who continues to lead a "Jimmy Carter
Work Project" with the organization each year, issued a
statement calling Millard Fuller "one of the most
extraordinary people I have ever known" and commending his
roles as founder of both Habitat and the Fuller Center.
Fuller became a millionaire by age 29 and developed Habitat
for Humanity after giving up all his possessions and moving
with his wife to Koinonia Farm, a Christian community near
Americus. The Fullers tested the model of building modest
homes with the volunteer labor and "sweat equity" of
low-income homeowners in Africa before creating the
organization that has constructed nearly half a million
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