Monday, January 4, 2016

Sally Bates D’95 of Raleigh, N.C., retired from Duke Divinity School in 2015 after more than a decade of dedicated service as chaplain. She will be long remembered for her thoughtful planning of Divinity School chapel services, her pastoral care and support for students and staff, her passion for the people of Haiti, and her wit and humor that infused joy into the spirit of preparation for ministry.

She will also leave a legacy of financial support for Divinity School students. Bates has established the Sally Glenn Bates Scholarship, a permanent resource to support students that she has cared about deeply over the years. “In my role as Divinity School chaplain, I was blessed to be a part of a gifted faculty and staff team who embraced the task of preparing women and men for servant ministry in the church and the academy,” Bates says. “My own gifts for mentoring and training were engaged every day as I worked closely with students and invested deeply in their personal growth.  For 13 years, I reveled in this day-to-day involvement with our students. As I began planning for my retirement from Duke and anticipated the shift in my own pastoral work, I sensed that a key question that had always helped to guide me, ‘How, then, shall I live?’ was taking on a new meaning—‘How, then, shall I give?’ After retiring from Duke, I wanted to continue to support our students especially at the point of their greatest financial need.” 

The Sally Glenn Bates Scholarship also provides a way for others to give in order to honor the ministry she provided to the school. To designate a gift in honor of Sally Bates for this scholarship, contact the Office of External Relations at (919) 660-3456.