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Port Authority. After Divinity School, he served parishes across the Florida Conference as a United Methodist minister before retiring in 1989. His wife of 59 years, Virginia Mullen, two daughters, and a granddaughter survive him. His nephew, Roderic L. Mullen T’83, D’86 a pastor in North Carolina, led the memorial service.

David E. Jasper D’83 died Oct. 24, 2010, in Charleston, W.Va. He was a faithful and effective United Methodist pastor for 27 years in the West Virginia Conference, including service as a district superintendent and as a trustee of West Virginia Wesleyan College. Although he had no children of his own, he had responsibilities for raising two of his 11 brothers and four sisters. He is also survived by a host of nieces and nephews.

Samuel D. “Mack” McMillan III D’87 died Oct. 25, 2010, in Rocky Mount, N.C. He provided strong, compassionate leadership in his service to United Methodist parishes across the North Carolina Conference, and he was a district superintendent at the time of his death. His late father, Samuel D. McMillan Jr. T’56, D’59 , was also a United Methodist pastor. Mack’s wife, Paige Lancaster McMillan, a son, and a daughter survive him.

Todd S. Krueger D’91 died Oct. 16, 2010, in Durham, N.C. He was a pastor for more than 21 years in the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. His excellent ministry touched countless lives, and his final service was with New Hope Church in Goldsboro. He is survived by his wife, Martha White Krueger, a daughter, and a son.

Ditawa M. Nianda D’92 died Aug. 12, 2010, in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he had been airlifted from his homeland, the Democratic Republic of Congo, while there on an evangelical mission. He was pastor of First United Presbyterian Church in Norfolk, Va., for 15 years. He is survived by his wife, Marie Munkantu Nianda, three sons, and a newborn granddaughter.

Divinity School Faculty & Staff

Creighton B. Lacy , longtime Divinity School professor of world Christianity, died Friday, Oct. 8, 2010, in Durham, N.C. The son of second-generation Methodist missionaries, he was born and reared in China, then attended college in the United States. After his marriage, he returned to China with his wife and lived there from 1947 to 1950. Following doctoral studies in social ethics at Yale, he joined the Divinity School faculty in 1953 and taught missions, world religions, and Christian ethics until his retirement in 1987. The author of numerous books on China, India, mission history, and the American Bible Society, he was also active in the civil rights movement in the 1960s. He served as a co-chair of the first Durham CROP Walk for the Hungry in 1975. He is survived by his wife, Frances Lacy, a daughter, Linda Lacy Sipe T’75 , and two grandchildren.

Zillah Merritt Rainwater WC’43 died July 31, 2010, in Columbia, S.C. She was assistant admissions director for the Women’s College at Duke following World War II. After her marriage in 1947 to Roland W. Rainwater Jr. D’43 , she earned a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling and shared in his pastoral and institutional ministries in Texas, Tennessee, and South Carolina. Her husband and their daughter, Sandra Rainwater-Brott T’75 , survive her.