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University Marshall Richard White, Williams, and President Koehane
Photo By Anthony Cross, The Chronicle

  University Marshall Richard White, Williams, and President Koehane

A. Morris Williams Jr., an emeritus trustee and former member and chair of Duke Divinity School’s board of visitors, was presented with the prestigious University Medal at the Founder’s Day Convocation on Oct. 2. His father, School of Religion class of 1932, was a United Methodist pastor for many years in North Carolina. Also receiving University Medals at the ceremony were Duke University President Nannerl O. Keohane, who will step down next summer, and Joe Pietrantoni, retired associate vice president for auxiliary services.

Duke Divinity School recently was the subject of a two-part profile in United Methodist Reporter, which is writing a series of stories about the 13 United Methodist-related seminaries in the United States. The first part offers a general profile of Duke Divinity, emphasizing the school’s successful campaign, 45,000-square-foot addition and the general excellence of the faculty and student body.

The second part focuses on the Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life, an academic entity centered at the divinity school that brings together a broad spectrum of disciplines, schools and professions to study how best to care for those in the last stages of life.

To see these articles, link to the divinity school homepage at www.divinity.duke.edu and look under the News & Events section.

New Board Members

The eight newest members of Duke Divinity School’s board of visitors, which meets twice annually and is chaired by Eric A. Law, a United Methodist layman and executive with the Ford Motor Company, are:

Brenda B. Brodie of Durham, N.C., is the president of SEEDS (SouthEastern Efforts Developing Sustainable Spaces) Inc. She is active in the Presbyterian Church, past president of the Durham Arts Council, past president of the North Carolina Central University Board of Trustees, and on the advisory board of the Columbia University School of Nursing.

Ellen Mears Duncan of Nashville, Tenn., is a church and community worker who serves on the boards of Family and Children Service and the Family Foundation. She is a member of Christ Church Cathedral (Episcopal).

James A. Harnish of Tampa, Fla., is senior pastor of Hyde Park United Methodist Church. The author of 16 books, Jim has served parishes across Florida and been elected a delegate to six General Conferences and three meetings of the World Methodist Conference. He is active with Rotary, the National Council on Christians and Jews, and the United Methodist General Board of Discipleship.

L. Merritt Jones Jr. T’52 of Raleigh, N.C., is the retired president of Moore & Johnson, an 80-year-old independent insurance agency. A lifelong United Methodist, Merritt has held numerous positions of leadership in his local church, district, conference and jurisdiction. He is past president of the Methodist Home for Children and the Board of Pensions. He has served as president of the Raleigh Lions Club Hospice of Wake County and the Raleigh Little Theater.

Prince R. Rivers D’99 of Newport News, Va., is the pastor of Wesley Grove United Church of Christ. He is past president of The Caring Place in Cary, N.C., and has been published in The Christian Century. His interests include African-American art, theater, travel and sports.

Neely Paul Towe of Greenwich, Conn., is the pastor of Stanwich Congregational Church. Her parish was her home church for many years prior to her ordination and installation there.

Javier A. Viera D’96 of Mamaroneck, N.Y., is senior pastor of the Mamaroneck United Methodist Church. He chairs the New York Conference (UMC) Commission on Religion and Race and serves on the Board of Ordained Ministry.

W. Brent Wright D’03 of Indianapolis, Ind., is associate pastor at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. He taught eighth grade science for two years prior to enrolling at Duke. A member of the Purdue Glee Club Hall of Fame, Brent enjoys music, photography and travel.

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