J. Will Ormond Dies
J. Will Ormond
J. Will Ormond died on June 28. Dr. Ormond was the J. McDowell Richards Professor of Biblical Exposition, at Columbia Theological Seminary, from 1966 until his retirement in 1987.
He was born April 22, 1919, in Beaumont Texas. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Alabama, he earned the Bachelor of Divinity degree from Columbia Theological Seminary, the Master of Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary, and the Ph.D. from the University of Glasgow, Scotland. He was given an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.
Before joining the Columbia Seminary faculty, Dr. Ormond served Presbyterian churches in Marion and Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Known as a powerful preacher, he was also the author of several books, including Good News Among the Rubble and Preaching Eyes for Listening Ears, a collection of sermons and commentary for preachers and students of preaching.
A memorial service for Dr. Ormond will be held at North Avenue Presbyterian Church, in Atlanta, on Sunday, July 3, at 2:00 p.m. At Dr. Ormond’s request, his body has been donated to Emory University’s medical school. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Mary B. Ormond Memorial Fund, established by Dr. Ormond in memory of his mother, in care of Columbia Theological Seminary, Gift Box 325, P. O. Box 501, Decatur, GA 30031.