Alumni Notes and Books - February 2013

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Recent Alumni Books

Hippocratic, Religious, and Secular Medical Ethics: The Points of Conflict
By Robert M. Veatch, BD '67, published by Georgetown University Press
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Gospel Essays: Frontier of Sacred and Secular
By Mark C. Kiley, MTS '77, published by Wipf and Stock
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Broken by Religion, Healed by God: Restoring the Evangelical, Sacramental, Pentecostal, Social Justice Church
By Gordon Dalbey, MDiv '77, published by Civitas Press
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Seeking the Straight and Narrow: Weight Loss and Sexual Reorientation in Evangelical America
By Lynne Gerber, MTS '98, published by University of Chicago Press
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The Open Body: Essays in Anglican Ecclesiology (Studies in Episcopal and Anglican Theology)
By Charles M. Stang, Associate Professor of Early Christian Thought at HDS, ThD '08, and Zachary Guiliano, MDiv '12, published by Peter Lang Publishing
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Alumni Notes

Ronald Michael Mazur, MDiv '59, of Ormond Beach, Florida, died on January 17, 2013, during surgery at the University of Miami (FL) Hospital. He was 78. Ron was born in South Boston, Massachusetts. He earned an AB degree from Boston University in 1953, a master of divinity degree from HDS in 1959, and an EdD from the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in 1986.

Ron served as minister of Unitarian Universalist congregations in Massachusetts and Florida; executive director of the Unitarian Christian Fellowship; chaplain at Salem State College; health educator, senior staff associate, and adjunct faculty member at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and at Hampshire College; and sexuality educator, counselor, and consultant in private practice.

He was the author of five books and numerous articles, and he created several websites in his fields of interest. Ron will be remembered with love by his wife, Sharon, his daughter, MJ, his son, Nathan, and his sister, Marianne, and with affection by his extended family, friends, and colleagues.

Joseph T. O'Connell, PhD '70, died suddenly of a brain aneurysm in May 2012. For the past decade, Joseph had been helping set up a department of world religions and culture at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Rev. Stoddon "Tod" G. N. King, MDiv '73, retired as senior minister of the Orange Congregational Church, UCC, in Orange, Connecticut, on September 30, 2012, where he served for 27 years.  He also served First Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts; Plymouth Church of Shaker Heights, Ohio; and Pilgrim Church, UCC, in Wheaton, Maryland. Tod was ordained in June 1973 in his home church, Wayzata Community Church, UCC, where his father, the Rev. Harold G. S. King was senior minister.

Charles "Charlie" Blake Martin, MDiv '73, died on December 19, 2012, from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease). He was 64. Charlie was born in Chicago in 1948 and grew up in Winnetka, Illinois. He earned a BA in history from Grinnell College, where he was on the school's swim team. He received a master of divinity degree in 1973 from HDS, where he focused on the history of near eastern religions.

He received a law degree from Northwestern University Law School, where he met and married his first wife, Susan Jewell. They had two children, Cecily and Carey, then subsequently divorced. He practiced bond law for a few years before joining R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company as in-house counsel, where he worked until 2012.  

He met his wife Elizabeth Napier in 1995, and they were married in 1997. Their daughter Lydia died in a camping accident in 2006 at age 6.

Over the last 20 years, Charles wrote a series of four children’s books, which portray friendship, adventure, and learning new skills.

Ron Kraybill, MDiv '79, has been peace and development adviser since November 2009 for the United Nations in Lesotho, a landlocked country and enclave surrounded by its only neighboring country, the Republic of South Africa. He earned a PhD in 1995 from the University of Cape Town's Department of Religious Studies and taught in the Conflict Transformation Program at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, from 1996 to 2007. In Lesotho, a group of heads of churches he supported in mediating a prolonged parliamentary electoral impasse brokered an agreement among political parties in 2011 that led to Lesotho's first "free, fair, and peaceful" election since independence in 1966.

Claude d’Estrée, MTS '80, will be a fellow at Yale University's Gilder Lerhman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition. He is the director of the International Human Right Degree Program, the Center on Rights Development, and the Human Trafficking Clinic at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, where he is also the university's Buddhist chaplain. Claude was appointed as the first Buddhist chaplain at Harvard University by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1980.

Barbara Peterson, MDiv '86, recently retired from Trinity Episcopal Church in Marshfield, Massachusetts. Barbara has devoted her 23-year ministry to small congregations. For 13 years, she served on Marshfield's Affordable Housing Partnership. She also worked on a committee looking at alcohol and drug abuse among teens. She has enjoyed the vibrant intimacy of small church worship and fellowship while supporting children and adults in deepening their faith through education and practice. She has moved to Sandwich, Massachusetts, with her husband, Bill Wrenn.

Silvia Glick, MTS '87, has recently started working as the assistant editor/assistant director of the Howard Thurman Papers Project at the Boston University School of Theology. She is also a doctoral candidate at the Editorial Institute at Boston University.

Thomas W. Anderson, MTS '98, and Rosalie Tyner have established a boutique consulting firm,, focused on ethics and leadership in nonprofit institutions. He continues as adjunct professor of marketing and policy studies at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, where he teaches social ethics in the doctor of management program.

Fr. J. Oliver Lee, Jr., MTS '02, an Episcopal priest, former federal prosecutor, and senior trial attorney for the United States Department of Justice, was appointed an associate municipal judge in Dallas, Texas.