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Sunday, December 9, 2007

Obituaries of extraordinary Unitarian Universalists.

Boston Globe obituary readers have been treated recently to the life stories of some distinctive individuals with Unitarian Universalist ties.

Last Tuesday's paper included the obituary of Jack Nolan, former head of the MIT Lincoln Laboratory computer systems group who went on to become president of the Massachusetts College of Art. He was a painter as well as a scientist! His memorial service is being held at First Parish in Lexington, which is the clue that he or his family have UU connections.

Last Sunday's paper featured the obit of Oliver Finney Ames, the youngest son of a Brahmin family with old Unitarian ties. (His family built the Unitarian church and many other public buildings in their company town, Easton, Massachusetts, back in the 1870s: Here's an online tour of the building; the embedded video documentary is extremely illuminating.) The obituary doesn't specify whether Ames himself maintained a connection to Unitarianism, although I've confirmed that Ames was affiliated with a UU church and that relatives are still members of the Easton church. His style of Republicanism is fading almost as rapidly as Brahmin Unitarianism, however. [Oops! Forgot to mention that Ames was a liberal Republican politician, philanthropist, and investor. —Philo]

Finally, I missed it when it was published, but the Globe eventually ran a full obituary for Natalie Gulbrandsen, an extraordinary woman who was, among many other things, elected moderator of the Unitarian Universalist Association for two terms during the administration of William F. Schulz. (Schulz wrote about Gulbrandsen for

Copyright © 2007 by Philocrites | Posted 9 December 2007 at 4:31 PM

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