Daniel Bennett McGee

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Daniel Bennett McGee November 27, 1933 - April 19, 2014 WACO, Texas - Daniel Bennett McGee, Professor emeritus of religion at Baylor University, died Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Providence Hospice in Waco, Texas. A public memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m. EDT, April 25, at Seventh & James Baptist Church and visitation will be 6-8 p.m. EDT on April 24, at Seventh & James Baptist Church. Dr. McGee was born November 27, 1933, in Long Branch, South Carolina, the first son of Bennett Tom McGee and Lucy Fagg McGee. He attended rural Hopewell school, Anderson Junior High School, and Anderson Boys High. A 1956 graduate of Furman University, he was a summer missionary to Jamaica, president of the South Carolina Baptist Student Union, and was initiated into Quarternian Leadership Fraternity. Later in 2004, Furman awarded him the Richard Furman Baptist Heritage Award. As a Junior at Furman, he was ordained to the ministry by his home church, Concord Baptist. He began preaching in South Carolina churches, which he continued to do as a student at Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. There, he received the Bachelor and Master of Divinity degrees. From Duke in 1966, he was awarded the Ph.D. in theology with a major in Christian Ethics. While a duke graduate student, he taught classes at Meredith College and Southeastern Seminary. He was ordained a deacon at Watt Street Baptist Church, Durham, North Carolina. In August 1956, after his Furman graduation and lung surgery, he married Merolyn Still in Barnwell, South Carolina. They had met at Furman, and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary among family and friends at Seventh & James Baptist Church. In the fall of 1966, he began a 40-year career teaching ethics in the religion department at Baylor University in Waco. He served as the first chairman of the steering committee of the Institute for Environmental Studies, which has become a department offering bachelor's and master's degrees, and was director of graduate studies in the religion department 1983-88, chairman of the faculty senate from 1998-99, and served on the university committee for study and establishment of the medical humanities program from 1998-2000. Dr. McGee was the recipient of the outstanding educators of America award in 1970, the student-selected best professor award from 1979-80, outstanding university teachers in 1988, and the 2005 Herbert H. Reynolds award for exemplary service. In 2002 Ambassador and Mrs. Lyndon Olson Jr. established the Daniel B. McGee Lectureship in religious studies at Baylor. Professionally he was active in the American academy of religion as a member of the national board of directors as well as president of both the Baylor chapter and the Texas conference. He was chairman of the Board of Directors for Seed, a Christian magazine about world hunger. He served as deacon, teacher of young singles and career class, church moderator and chairman of pulpit committee in Seventh and James Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Merolyn, of Waco; son Glenn Edwards McGee and wife, Summer, of New Haven, Connecticut, daughter, Caroline McGee Jones and husband, William Elton Jones III, of San Antonio; grandsons, Ethan Baker McGee, Austin James McGee, Aidan Bennett McGee and Bennett Alexander Jones; and granddaughter, Margaret Kay Jones. Dan was the beneficiary of 20th-century medicine as well as loving parents and the prayers of many Christian friends. If you wish to commemorate his life in the form of gift, the family requests that gifts in his honor be directed to the graduate scholarship funds of the department of religion or to Seventh and James Baptist Church of Waco. The family invites you to leave a message or memory in our "Memorial Guestbook" at www.WHBfamily.com. Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey

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Published in The State on Apr. 23, 2014
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