Summer/Fall  2000
Volume 5 Number 1

by Laura Dubinski, M.Div. Class of 2000 and partner for youth ministries at the First Presbyterian Church in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and Beth Goss, M.Div. Class of 2000 and associate pastor at the First Presbyterian Church in Winchester, Virginia

Students who knew Buck responded to his death with grief and tributes. One student assembled many of the remarks made at the three memorial services held for Buck and sent them to a long list of friends who had been praying for Buck and Michele during Buck’s illness. Those friends told more friends. Soon Buck’s story had spread. A friend of a Princeton student heard about Buck’s fight for healthcare reform and his passion for universal healthcare and responded by sending a donation to the Seminary for the medical expenses of students. That gave us the idea: the Buck Breland Memorial Medical Gift.

Buck’s generosity and his passion for justice in healthcare access were gifts he gave the entire Seminary, most of all the Class of 2000—which would have been his graduating class. The Class of 2000 responded by establishing the Buck Breland Memorial Medical Gift at Princeton Seminary. The fund’s purpose is to help PTS students and their families who cannot meet the financial demands of medical care through their medical insurance alone. In only a few months, the fund raised nearly $9,000 in gifts and pledges. The Seminary generously agreed to match gifts up to $10,000. Many students found creative ways to raise both awareness of and money for the fund. Derek Redwine and Amy Starr pledged to give $1 per guest at their wedding this summer. Tom Goodrich donated proceeds from his concert last winter with fellow singer/songwriter Christopher Williams that they had concluded with "He Leadeth Me," Buck’s favorite hymn. In April students, staff, and faculty put change into water cooler bottles in a "Penny War" that collected $537.36—including $183.09 in pennies from the senior class.

Students Katie Pate (left) and Shelly Satran donate pennies to the memorial fund.

But perhaps the most important gift a graduating class can leave is the gift of inspiration. So the Class of 2000 leaves for future students of Princeton Seminary the challenge and inspiration that Buck was for us.

To contribute to the Buck Breland Memorial Medical Fund, send checks payable to PTS with "Breland Gift" in the memo line to the Development Office, Princeton Theological Seminary, P.O. Box 821, Princeton, NJ, 08542.

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