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ACPE Certified Retired Educator Robert "Bob" Brummel died on May 9, 2018 at the age of 82 in Grand Rapids, MI. A graduate of Calvin College and later, Calvin Seminary, Bob went into active duty as a Navy Chaplain during the Vietnam War. He served on ships off the coast of Vietnam, with the Marines in Okinawa, with the Naval Air Station on Andrews Air Force Base, and in various military hospitals where his interest in hospital ministry deepened. He retired from the Navy and continued his chaplaincy at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida and as the Director of Pastoral Care at the Ohio State University Hospitals until he retired. He was certified by ACPE in 1980.

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ACPE Spiritual Care Professional Phillip Leigh Haltom died on March 7, 2018 at the age of 62 while in Texas, on his home soil. He is survived by his wife, Sharon, and their children. A celebration of his life was held on March 15 at First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest, 700 North Sheridan Road, Lake Forest, Illinois. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made on behalf of Phillip to First Presbyterian.

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ACPE Retired Educator John Howard Dillingham, 87, of Schulenburg, Texas passed away on Jan. 24, 2018 in Schulenburg.

He was born on August 18, 1930 to Murvin Cecil and Mary Eileen (Cobb) Norvell in Purcell, McClain County, Okla. On July 13, 1946 he married Carole Jeanne Hall. John lived in Topeka, Kan. from 1979-2000; Columbus from 2000-2014; and in Schulenburg from 2014-present.

John received his Bachelor of Arts from Baylor University, Bachelor of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Seminary, and Master of Sacred Theology from University of Dubuque, Iowa, graduating Summa Cum Laude. John pastored several churches in Texas before joining staff of Menninger Foundation as Chaplain. He was a member of the Clinical Pastoral Education staff as a CPE Supervisor; Fellow College of Chaplains; and in 1992 was voted Chaplain of the Year. 

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Guy L. Steele, Sr.  of Hingham, formerly of the Boston area, died January 11, 2018. Guy was talented in many facets of life. In his early years he was an accomplished track athlete. As a man of devout faith he began his ministry as a student pastor in Montgomery City, Missouri, while studying for his Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Missouri, followed by a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Brite College of the Bible in Fort Worth, Texas. Guy trained at Perkins School for the Blind, Boston University School of Theology, and Brandeis University (graduate work in Sociology), then received his Master of Theology degree from Harvard University and his Doctor of Ministry degree from the Boston University School of Theology. Guy served as Pastor and Chaplain in many parts of our country, including 13 years as pastor of the Brighton Evangelical Congregational Church; was instrumental in building churches and establishing accreditation programs for Clinical Pastoral Education; and retired from New England Deaconess Hospital as the Director of Pastoral Care. He also served as an adjunct faculty member at the Harvard Divinity School. 

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Sr. Anita “Tita” Lapeyre, RSCJ died December 4, 2017 at the age of 79. A real leader and visionary in the field she was an USCC/NACC Supervisor, ACPE Certified Educator, and founder of the Center for Urban Ministry CPE Program in San Diego, CA. After her ACPE Center closed about five years ago, she retired to the Religious of the Sacred Hearts Retirement Community south of San Francisco where she served as Director of Spiritual Care for her community’s aging sisters. The funeral mass was December 16, 2017 in the chapel at the Oakwood Retirement Center, 150 Valparaiso Avenue, Atherton, CA.. 


ACPE Certified Educator Emeritus Robert (Bob) Eades passed away December 4, 2017 with his wife Delores and twin daughters Donna and Carol by his side. Condolences may be sent to 7373 East 29th Street North, #V 103, Wichita, KS 67226. The service will be January 6, 2018, 2:00pm, at College Hill United  Methodists Church in Wichita, KS. More details will be posted here.

Michael Quesada
was a CPE resident at Christus Spohn CPE Center in Corpus Christi, TX, died unexpectedly on October 18, 2017. Michael had been to seminary in preparation to become a priest and was continuing to discern his call to ministry. Michael was a genuine, caring, and compassionate person with a great sense of humor. He is survived by his father, Manuel Quesada; brothers, Manuel Quesada, Jr., Oscar (Leslie) Quesada and Patrick Quesada, and sister, Gloria Quesada.


ACPE Certified Educator Rev. Dr. Carl Fredrick (Fred) Hall died October 5, 2017. Fred was a CPE students at the Georgia Regional Hospital. After his certification as an ACPE Supervisor in 1974, he was the Chief of Chaplains at the Georgia Retardation Center. Fred served the treasurer of the former Southeast Region and was one of the creators of the J. Obert Kempson Distinguished Service Award.

When GA Governor Zell Miller retired/terminated all chaplains within the Division of Mental Health, Fred returned to being a pastor within the United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, Pat, and his daughters Becky Hall-More and Kathy Powers.

His Memorial Service was on October 10, 2017 at Saint Patrick’s Episcopal Church, Atlanta, GA 30338. Click here for his full obituary. 


It is with sadness that we share news of the death of The Rev. Dr. Richard Liew. Richard suffered a cardiac event and with it a catastrophic fall from which he was unable to recover from while visiting his condo in Arizona. Life support was withdrawn on September 20, 2017. Richard served as an ACPE Certified Educator in the Eastern Region for most of his career, starting CPE programs at then Westchester Medical Center Westchester Division (psychiatric hospital), and later at Episcopal Health Services (EHS) in Long Island.

A reflection from Rev. Dr. Steven Voytovich, a colleague of Richard's for nearly thirty years: "We first me when I was still in seminary, doing field education at United Hospital in Port Chester where he had just arrived. He got me so fired about CPE that I brought several classmates back. In our few hours a week he orchestrated a clinical training experience where we wrote and presented verbatims. He also sought to be a resource to the seminary I was attending. I was hooked on CPE from that experience. "


Sister Judith Ann (formerly Justin) Oland, OSB, of St. Scholastica Monastery, died in Benet Hall at St. Scholastica Monastery in Duluth, MN on September 11, 2017. She entered the Duluth Benedictines on September 8, 1961, and made her Monastic Profession on July 11, 1963. Sister Judith Ann was born in Hibbing, MN, and graduated from Denfeld High School, Duluth. She received her B.A. in Elementary Education from The College of St. Scholastica and her M.A. in Theology from St. John’s University, Collegeville. Sister Judith Ann taught in the elementary schools at St. Mary’s, Pine City; St. Joseph’s, Grand Rapids; and St. Jean’s, Duluth. Subsequently, she served as Pastoral Associate in Clara City, Lake Lilian, and Kandiyohi, Minnesota. After earning certification as a Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor, she served as Chaplain and CPE Supervisor in the Wilmar State Hospital. In 1989, Sister Judith Ann returned to the Monastery to become Vocation Director and Associate Director of Formation for the Sisters in triennial profession. In 1991, she became Clinical Pastoral Education Coordinator and CPE Supervisor at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center, Duluth, where she served until she retired on June 4, 2017. Sister Judith Ann was preceded in death by her father, Norman Oland; her mother, Rose “Rhoda” Maras Bjork; and her brother, Thomas Oland. She is survived by her sister, Wanda Oland-Johnson (Duane Johnson), step-sister Julee Williams, niece Paige (Bruce) Jenson, grandnephews, Daniel and Max Jensen, and her Benedictine Sisters.

A wake service/morning prayer with visitation, was held on September 18, 2017 in Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel. The Mass of Christian Burial was with Father Tom Foster presiding. Sister Judith Ann was buried in Gethsemane Cemetery at St. Scholastica Monastery. Memorials to St. Scholastica Monastery are preferred.


Dr. Frank M. Brown, age 85, of North Mankato, MN, died peacefully Saturday, August 5, 2017 at Oak Terrace Assisted Living. Frank was born the son of a Presbyterian minister on December 8, 1931 in Bland, VA. He received his B.A. degree from King College, the M. Div, from Columbia Theological Seminary, and the S.T.M. and D. Min. degrees from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. He was ordained to the Presbyterian Ministry in 1957. Following pastorates in Pensacola, FL; Charlotte, NC and Newport News, VA, Frank entered Clinical Pastoral Education under the supervision of Pat Prest and Roy Woodruff at the Medical College of Virginia, 1970-1972. He was Certified a member of the A.P.C. (College of Chaplains) 1972, the A.A.P.C. in 1973 and the A.C.P.E. in 1974. Frank was A.C.P.E. Supervisor for the Presbyterian Hospital Ministry at the Mayo Clinic complex in Rochester, MN, 1972-1980 and at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, MN from 1980 until his retirement in 1996. His emphasis in supervision was on teaching his students the value of expressing feelings in communication and thus to facilitate the expression of “feelings” on the part of patients and their family members. This grew out of Frank’s personal experience.

Frank was married to Louise Landrum, the daughter of a Presbyterian minister, upon their graduation from King College in 1954. They adopted Ginger in 1960 and Mark in 1963. It was in 1963 that Louise was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. She was confined to a wheel chair in 1969 and Frank cared for her until she entered a nursing home in 1976. They were divorced in 1977. Frank married Dee Aho in 1982. She had four daughters who became part of his extended family. Having been a caretaker in the home and having experienced the influence of a chronic illness in the family provided Frank a unique emphasis for his Clinical Supervision. Frank presented a Workshop on “Chronic Illness in the Family” at the College of Chaplains (A.P.C.) about 1974, published an article in The Tie on “Spirituality” about 1985 and a book entitled, Sermons For All Seasons in 2002. In retirement he was involved in organizing and in teaching at the Institute for the Development of Lay Ministers in the Presbytery of Minnesota Valleys.

Frank is survived by son, Mark (Terri) Brown of Lihue, HI; daughter, Ginger LaVan of Rochester; step daughters, Karen Emory of Colorado Springs, CO; Andrea Leibowitz of New Bury Park, CA; Barbara (Donny) Healy of Mankato; and Kimberly (Jerry) Covey of Good Thunder. He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Louise, second wife Dolores, stepson John John Aho, and sister Jane Brown.


Rev. A. Marlin Stene, Age 88, of Edina Passed away surrounded by family on May 9, 2017. Marlin was born one of twins on the family farm near Emmons, MN and Lake Mills, IA. He graduated from Emmons High School, attended Luther and St Olaf colleges, graduating from St. Olaf in 1950, majoring in history. He pursued his calling to the ministry, graduating from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN, after serving his internship at Chetek Lutheran Church in Chetek, WI. While still in seminary, Marlin was introduced to his future wife of 61 years, Arlene (Nelson), by his sister, Viola. Marlin's first pastoral call was to St Paul's Lutheran Church in Manitowoc, WI.  

In 1956 he moved to Beloit, WI to pastor a new home mission parish, Calvary Lutheran. In 1962 he undertook Clinical Pastoral Education training at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL and was selected to undergo additional training as a CPE Instructor. In 1964, he moved his family to Minneapolis, MN and served as Chaplain and CPE Instructor/Supervisor at Lutheran Deaconess Hospital until 1980. He then served as Chaplain and CPE Supervisor in St. Paul at Bethesda Hospital, which post-mergers ultimately became HealthEast. He ended his chaplaincy career as the Vice-President of Pastoral Services and Mission Effectiveness at HealthEast, retiring in 1992.

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Reverend Allan William Reed of Buckingham Township died on April 24, 2017 at Doylestown Hospital after a brief illness. He was 88 years old and the loving husband for 55 years of Martha (Marty) MacFarlane Reed until her death in 2006. Born in Swanton, Ohio, he was the son of the late John and Nora Trumbell Reed.

Allan graduated from the University of Toledo and Bexley Hall, the Kenyon College Seminary in Gambier, Ohio and later attended the University of Michigan for a degree in counseling. He was ordained to the Episcopal priesthood on January 21, 1956. He served parishes in Toledo and Michigan before becoming director of chaplaincy and supervisor of Massachusetts General Hospital's Clinical Pastoral Services for many years. He was author of Problems of Impending Death: Concerns of the Dying Patient and His Family.  

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ACPE Certified Educator John Weagraff’s wife, Susan Setta, died on May 14, 2018 after a two-year illness. John appreciates the thoughts, concerns and prayers that have been expressed. Arrangements were handled by John Everett and Sons Funeral Home in Natick Center, MA. Susan was a lecturer/presenter at several ACPE regional meetings and more recently gave lectures on the "meaning of death in world religions" in programs at St. Elizabeth Hospital and St. Vincent Hospital. The latter led to a published article with the World Health Organization.
We send our thoughts and prayers to Sheryl Lyndes Stowman, Certified Educator at University of Minnesota Medical Center, whose mother Frances Ruth Stowman died on April 5th.

The father of Retired Certified Educator Ron Somers-Clark  died on March 27th in Amarillo, Texas. Ron described his father as "a good man, good father, and good husband to my mom who survives him."  We send our deepest condolences. 

We send our thoughts and prayers to Mary Burks, Certified Educator at Norton Healthcare, whose mother died recently. 

The mother of Martha Ann Rutland (Hollywood, Florida), Martha Jane Brown Rutland, age 92, died on February 24, 2018, at home in New Smyrna Beach, FL, surrounded by family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev R E (Gene) Rutland, who died on January 2, 2018 at age 94.  Our deepest condolences are extended to her during this time. 

We send our thoughts and prayers to Debra Slade, Certified Educator at Norwalk Hospital, whose mother passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. 

Our deepest condolences to ACPE Certified Educator Keith Espenshade, whose father passed away on December 29. 

We send our thoughts to ACPE Certified Educator Mark Mallinger, whose mother passed away on January 22. 

Thinking of You

We are thinking of Rabbi Leah Wald, ACPE Certified Educator, who underwent a successful surgery last week and is now recovering. 

We are thinking of Rabbi Bonita Taylor, former Eastern Region Certified 
Educator, who is rehabilitation and healing at home. She would appreciate prayers and words of encouragement.