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News from the Hill October 10, 2008 | back to index

The Passing of The Rev. Dr. Richard French Wilcox

With great sorrow, the Andover Newton Community notes the passing of the Rev. Dr. Wilcox. Trained in anti-submarine warfare, Wilcox was also a navigator and US Naval Reserve Surface Division Officer. He served the IBEW-AFL CIO and the executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America, and still had time to be a popular radio personality and composer of musicals. In 1958, he followed his faith and enrolled at Andover Newton Theological School, receiving the Bachelor of Divinity in 1961. This was followed by a Master of Sacred Theology degree in 1973 and a Doctor of Ministry degree. The Rev. Dr. Wilcox was at the center of the ANTS Psychology Department as a lecturer and leader of the Pastoral Counseling Training Consortium and Andover Newton’s CPE establishment. The recipient of many honors, including the “Cutting Gold Medal for Religion and Medicine,” he was known and loved for his extraordinary pastoral care and his ability to inspire others to pursue a life of service in the ministry. Andover Newton celebrates the life and career of this extraordinary man, and offers prayers and consolation to his family.