Mary Luke Rutledge D’45 died Sept. 3, 2010, in Winston-Salem, N.C. A lay speaker, pastor’s wife, teacher of high school literature and grammar, and gardener, she helped to serve United Methodist churches in Texas, West Virginia, Tennessee, Alaska, and North Carolina. Her husband, Thomas E. Rutledge Jr. D’46, two daughters, three sons, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren survive her.
Franklin W. Young G’46 died Sept. 25, 2010, in Chapel Hill, N.C. He was the Amos Ragan Kearns Professor Emeritus of New Testament and Patristic Studies in the Divinity School. His teaching career began at the Divinity School, 1946–1950, followed by appointments at Yale, the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest, and Princeton University, where he chaired the Department of Religion. He returned to Duke in 1968 and taught until his retirement in 1985. Professor Young was the author, with Howard Clark Kee, of two widely-used New Testament textbooks, and he was an ordained priest in the Protestant Episcopal Church, active with both the National Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches. He is survived by Jean Steiner Young, his wife of almost 70 years, along with two sons, five grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
Allen C. Edens Jr. D’48 died Nov. 24, 2010, in Fayetteville, N.C. He was an ordained United Methodist pastor who served parishes in the North Carolina Conference. He was also an interim chaplain with the Veteran’s Administration and a Mason. A daughter, two sons, and six grandchildren survive him.
G. Frank Plybon D’54 died Oct. 16, 2010, in Parkersburg, W.Va. He was a longtime pastor in the West Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church, and in retirement he continued a prison ministry and served a five-point charge. He is survived by his wife, Marsha Clark Plybon, two daughters, and four grandchildren.
E. Ray Goodwin D’55 died June 7, 2010, in Dallas, Texas. He was a parish minister in the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church who also served as a missionary for a dozen years in Costa Rica and Panama. He was devoted to ecumenical endeavors including several years of leadership with the Greater Dallas Community of Churches and the Block Partnership Program there, as well as SPAFER, the South Points Association for the Exploration of Religion in Birmingham, Ala. Two sons, a daughter, five grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter survive him.
Lewis B. Simmons D’57 died July 23, 2009, in Chesapeake, Va. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, a pastor with the United Church of Christ, and the Associate Conference Minister for the Southern Conference UCC until his retirement in 1987. He is survived by a daughter, two sons, and seven grandchildren.
Edward T. Wright D’58 died Oct. 31, 2010, in Mechanicsville, Va. He served faithfully for 48 years as a United Methodist pastor in the Virginia Conference. His wife of 54 years, Peggy Wood Wright, a son, three daughters, and eight grandchildren survive him.
Harlan L. Creech III T’54, D’60 died July 15, 2010, in Salisbury, N.C. He was a devoted pastor who served United Methodist parishes across the Western North Carolina Conference. His wife, Jane Cornelius Creech, a son, a daughter, and four grandchildren survive him. His late father, Harlan L. Creech Jr. D’36, was also a Duke alumnus.
George H. Gravitt D’60 died April 6, 2010, in South Boston, Va. He served parishes in the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church over 41 years, and he especially loved woodworking and camping. He is survived by his wife, Lois C. Gravitt, and a daughter.
M. Dana Hunt D’62 died Aug. 26, 2010, in Danville, Va. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II who served in the Pacific theater. He served rural Christian (Disciples of Christ) churches in Virginia before entering Duke Divinity School, and later was ordained into the United Methodist parish ministry with service in North Carolina and Virginia. He retired in 1998 after five decades of preaching and counseling. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Hazel W. Hunt, a son, and two grandchildren.
William F. Mahon D’64 died Aug. 4, 2010, in Virginia Beach, Va. He served United Methodist churches across the Virginia Conference for more than 40 years, and was especially active with Emmaus and Chrysalis community ministries. His wife, Jean Long Mahon, and two sons survive him.
William D. Mullen D’71 died Dec. 1, 2010, in Bradenton, Fla. A Navy veteran from World War II, his first career was in finance with the Tampa 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.