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Reverend Rowan A. Greer

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GREER, THE REVEREND ROWAN A. The Reverend Rowan A. Greer ended his earthly existence on March 17, 2014, leaving behind a long trail of friends and memories. He taught for many years at Yale Divinity School and will continue to live in the minds of the students he encountered. He was a scholar of Early Church History and Early Christian Leaders, a life-long student of classic languages and literature, and an author of many books and articles in his field. He was a craftsman of well-wrought and stimulating sermons and a patient and inspirational professor. After his graduation from Yale College and from General Seminary he started his career in parish work in an Episcopal Church in Fairfield, CT, followed by several years of teaching in Edinburgh, Scotland, and his long sojourn at Yale Divinity School. Following his retirement he did parish work at the downtown Episcopal Church in Charlotte, NC before returning to New Haven in 1999, where he continued to write and remain involved in parish work. He was preceded in death by his parents and by his younger sister, Betsy Dynes of Albuquerque, NM (by way of Boulder, CO; Stamford, CT; Chicago, IL; and Dayton, OH). At some unknown point he will be succeeded in death by his loving and admiring brother David and sister-in-law Dulie, who enjoyed many decades of summer reunions with him devoted to Shakespeare, laughter and wide-ranging conversation. He is also survived by five nieces and nephews (Thomas C. Greer, James H. Greer, Katherine A. Mackintosh, all of Dayton, OH; William R. Dynes of Indianapolis, IN; and Elizabeth D. Krauss of Albuquerque, NM) and his brother-in-law John Dynes of Lawton, CO. He is also survived by his canine companion, Mackintosh, and by his devoted friend Kathy Queen, who for many years shared his love of dogs and who gave him unselfish and unlimited support during his arduous last illness. There will be no formal viewing or service. In his professional life Rowan attended more than enough funerals. In lieu of flowers or donations, give yourself in memory of Rowan: a stimulating book. If you would like to share an anecdote, mail or email it to David C. Greer, 400 PNC Center, 6 North Main St., Dayton, OH 45402 ([email protected]), and he will share it with family and others. Friends and acquaintances are invited to a gathering of memories at Christ Church, 84 Broadway, New Haven, on March 28 from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. Arrangements are with Hawley Lincoln Memorial.
Published in The New Haven Register on Mar. 23, 2014
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