Rev. R. F. Bumpass
The Rev. Richard Franklin Bumpass, director of the Baptist Student Union at the U.S. Naval Academy and other Annapolis colleges, died Tuesday of an apparent heart attack at his home. He was 60.
A native of Eastland, Texas, he had lived in Annapolis for 24 years. Since 1969, he had run the Baptist student group for the Naval Academy, St. John's College and Anne Arundel Community College.
He was an interim pastor at several Southern Baptist churches in Maryland and was a member of Broadneck Baptist Church. He chaired a variety of denominational task forces and committees and was co-founder of the Association of Southern Baptist Campus Ministers. He wrote extensively about his faith and ministry.
"Everybody could have been his child, the way he looked after people and protected them," said his daughter, Lori Sultemeier of Fort Worth, Texas. "His dad died when he was 10, of cancer. He always wanted to make sure he was a good father because he didn't have one."
Mr. Bumpass, an avid athlete, played football for Coach William "Bear" Bryant while he was a student at Texas A&M, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in 1955.
He earned his master of divinity degreein 1960 from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a master of arts in 1971 from Texas Christian University. In 1987, he completed a doctor of ministry degree at Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Va.
He loved his garden at home, and took pride in his roses and hydrangeas, Mrs. Sultemeier said.
In addition to his daughter, he is survived by his wife, Nancy A. Bumpass; another daughters, Tiffin Bumpass of Annapolis; two sons, Kelly Bumpass of College Station, Texas, and Nick Bumpass of Garland, Texas; his mother, Anna Grace Bumpass of Fort Worth; a sister, Betty Williams of Fort Worth; and three grandchildren.
Plans for a memorial service were incomplete.
Contributions may be mailed to Annapolis Baptist Student Union Alumni Association Inc., P.O. Box 242, Annapolis 21404.