Rev. Donald Macleod

Professor, minister

January 23, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

The Rev. Donald Macleod, former professor of preaching and worship at Princeton Theological Seminary who later became minister-in-residence at the Charlestown Retirement Community, died of heart failure Sunday at Oak Crest Village retirement community. He was 94.

Dr. Macleod was born and raised in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. He received his bachelor's degree and a master's degree from Dalhousie University. He received a bachelor's in divinity from Pine Hill Divinity Hall in Halifax and was ordained a Presbyterian minister in 1938.

He held pastorates in Louisburg, Nova Scotia, and in Toronto, and earned a doctorate in theology from Emmanuel College of the University of Toronto in 1948.

Dr. Macleod was on the faculty of Princeton Theological Seminary from 1948 until 1988, when he retired.

He had been a member of the advisory council of Princeton University Chapel and had edited the Princeton Seminary Bulletin. He also had been a correspondent to the Christian Century, an editor of Here is My Method and author of nine books on contemporary preaching.

He was a founder of the American Academy of Homiletics and was a fellow of the American Association of Theological Schools.

After retiring, Dr. Macleod moved to Charlestown, where he was minister-in-residence from 1988 until 2003. For the past several years, he had been a resident of Oak Crest Village in Parkville.

He was married for 24 years to the former Norma Elinor Harper, who died in 1972.

Services are private.

Surviving are two sons, John F. Macleod of San Francisco and David A. Macleod of Nelson, British Columbia; two daughters, Alberta Anne Weeks of Glencoe and Leslie E. Lamb of Sydney Center, N.Y.; and two grandchildren.

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