|rinceton Seminary bade
farewell to the six beloved faculty and
administrators who retired last summer with the
sound of music.
Gathering at a festive
banquet in the Mackay Campus Center Dining Room
in May, colleagues entertained Jane Dempsey
Douglass, E. David Willis, Elizabeth Edwards,
Fred Cassell, Carolyn Nicholson, and James Irvine
with song parodies performed by a quartet of
faculty colleagues who toasted and
roasted them to the delight of all.
Dempsey Douglass received a crystal vase to hold
flowers from her new California garden.
PTSs own Rodgers and Hammerstein
speech professors Chuck Bartow and Bob Jacks
the musical revue called on the singing
talents of Bartow, Old Testament professor
Katharine Doob Sakenfeld, and early church
history professor Kathleen McVey, with Jacks on
the electronic keyboard. The four captivated
their audience with songs that honored careers
and poked fun at foibles.
McVey lauded her
fellow church historian Jane Dempsey
Douglasss achievements as the first woman
president of the World Alliance of Reformed
Churches, the first woman president of the
American Society of Church History, a
world-renowned Calvin scholar, and an elder in
the Presbyterian Church (USA), comparing Douglass
to the Renaissance and Reformation giants she
studied and taught about. Jane showed that
a mere woman can do all these jobs with one hand
tied behind her back, McVey said.
Seminary colleagues serenaded Douglass, who has
moved to Claremont, California, with her husband,
Gordon, with a light-hearted version of
California, Here I Come.
Schuller, here she comes,
better make her feel at home!
Shes bringin a Calvin youve
But listen, youre missin what the
Institutes insist on,
Have a super rendezvous!
Robert Schuller, here she comes!
|For vice president for
Seminary relations Fred W. Cassell, an Irishman
who visits Dublin almost every summer, the group
sang When Irish Fred Is Smiling.
Theres a tear
in your eye, and Im wondering why
for it never should be there at all.
You should feel peachy keen when
youre wearin the green
so theres never a teardrop should fall.
In your Santa Claus suit, you sure look mighty
and your eyes twinkle bright as can be.
When Irish Fred is smiling
sure its like the morn in spring.
renowned in Princeton for donning a Santa suit
every year during the week before Christmas,
standing at the curb in front of his Mercer
Street home, and waving to cars passing by.
colleagues, too, of the 35,000 miles Cassell
logged every year (350,000 during his tenure as
vice president) to raise money for the Seminary.
Now at home in Denton, Texas, Cassell has
volunteered to help his denomination raise money
for theological education as a PCUSA regional
representative for the Theological Education
Testament professor Betty Edwardss turn
came, Kathie Sakenfeld honored her Biblical
Studies Department colleagues commitment to
city life and to urban ministry. Unlike most of
her faculty colleagues, who live in Princeton,
Edwards lived in Trenton, New Jersey, during her
tenure at the Seminary. She also pastored a
church in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and was the only
member of the faculty who, believing her ministry
would be enhanced by a degree in pastoral
counseling, earned a Th.M. from PTS after she
earned her Ph.D.
But, according to
Sakenfeld, who led the group in a rendition of
East Side, West Side, the real
Betty Edwards came alive in New York City!
Sakenfeld recalled not only Edwardss role
as tour guide for students in
Gillespie (left) bids farwell to his longtime
friend and colleague Fred Cassell.