he Reverend Dr. Alan Dan Orme died at home on Thursday, August 27, 2015. He was 82 years old and had been a citizen of Athens, Georgia, for 46 years. He was the minister of The University Church which he founded in 1970 on the campus of The University of Georgia. Dr. Orme had been a minister in the North Georgia Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America. He held five academic degrees, including two seminary degrees and the Ph.D. degree in history from UGA. He studied archaeology at the Near East School of Archaeology in Jerusalem.
In his youth, Dr. Orme was a builder and was a soldier in the Korean War, where he also worked as a carpenter. Before coming to Athens he served for eight years as the Academic Dean of Carver Bible College, established in Atlanta to train men for the ministry. Rev. Dr. Orme was a native of Elmira, New York, and was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and a sister. He is survived by nephews and nieces distributed across four countries and three continents. He had been a well-known figure around the Athens neighborhoods for years, both for his yellow Model A Roadster and for his ubiquitous presence as a cyclist and pedestrian. He wrote extensively in periodicals and journals and authored two books, Restoring Old Houses and God's Appointments with Men. He was known for his continuous work on his 1897 home on Church Street and for his interest in antiques and collectibles.
His body will lie in state at his home at 397 South Church Street on Wednesday, September 2, from 4 until 8pm. In keeping with Dr. Orme's tradition of hospitality, the church will have a fellowship meal in conjunction with this visitation. The funeral will be held on the following day, Thursday, September 3, at 3pm at Redeemer Presbyterian Church with interment at Oconee Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Jackson-McWhorter Funeral Home.
7/5/1933 - 8/27/2015