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Rev. Dr. James Emerson Jr.

1926 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Rev. Dr.  James Emerson Jr. Obituary
The Rev. Dr. James Gordon Emerson Jr.

Died Wednesday, Sept. 12th of pancreatic cancer at 92.
Born June 4th, 1926 in Palo Alto, his educational journey took him from Stanford University to Princeton Seminary and University of Chicago. After a fulfilling career in pulpits from the east coast to Denver, and four years as Director of the Community Service Society of New York City, Jim came home to the Bay Area in 1979 to pastor Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco.
Jim's leadership at Calvary had a profound impact upon those in San Francisco and the Greater Bay Area. His preaching, teaching and care showcased a wonderful balance of intellect and heart. In 1988, at the request of then Mayor Art Agnos, Jim helped form a working group of religious leaders to take on the task of sheltering the homeless. That group became the still very active and important San Francisco Interfaith Council. Jim's 'retirement' from Calvary in 1989, he and his wife, Dr. Margaret Bonnell Emerson, "Migs" continued serving the church in Asia.
When they returned to the States, he served as Interim President of San Francisco Theological Seminary and then as scholar in residence at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.
Believing in the mission and vision of the SF Rotary club, he was an active member, and president in 1990-91. Jim is survived by his three children: John, Lynne and Jed, 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
A visitation will be on Friday, October 19th, from 4pm-6pm at Halsted N. Gray - Carew & English, 1123 Sutter Street, SF. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 20th, at 1pm at Calvary Presbyterian Church, 2515 Fillmore Street, SF. Private Interment.
Contributions to honor Jim's life can be donated to San Francisco Theological Seminary, Emerson Scholarship Fund, www.sfts.edu under the donate page.

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Oct. 14, 2018
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